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Routes in Old People's Dome

Aging Gracefully T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Barber Dihedral T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Creeping Senility T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Gericrawl T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Elevation: 6,086 ft
GPS: 43.849, -103.569 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Paul Huebner on Jul 10, 2003
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty


I'm suggesting Old People's Dome be added because it has three of the most enjoyable and moderate long routes in the Outlet area (Creeping Senility, 5.6R; Aging Gracefully, 5.7 and Gericrawl, 5.9). All three are generally well bolted, but also provide an opportunity to use one or two pieces of clean pro. In fact, clean pro is necessary to protect the crux on Gericrawl. The start for all 3 climbs is always in the shade but note, the first bolt for each climb is 15-20 feet off of the ground. All three climbs also go to the same intermediate bolt/chain anchor below the true summit. Very exposed, but easy scramble will get you to the true summit where a new bolt/black webbing anchor is located. Two ropes are required for rapping from either anchor system.

Getting There

After passing through the tunnel a few feet west of the north end of Sylvan Lake, take a sharp left and follow narrow track to a private road and residence. Just before reaching the residence, take the trail to your right and continue to descend this trail past Outer Outlet. After passing Outer Outlet descend and angle to the northeast towards a shaded and some what hidden by vegetation domed spire. You'll see two small birch trees at its base. The three climbs are all within a few feet of one another on the shaded wall behind the two trees. Creeping Senility is just left of the tree on the left and Aging Gracefully is along side of the tree on the right. Gericrawl is just down slope a few more feet from Aging Gracefully above the large fallen tree trunk.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Old People's Dome

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Creeping Senility
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Aging Gracefully
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Barber Dihedral
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Creeping Senility
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad
Aging Gracefully
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Barber Dihedral
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport
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Dakota Kid
Rochester Hills, MI
Dakota Kid   Rochester Hills, MI
Climbed Creeping Senility again last week... the bolts on top are definitely new now. A local climber has also added a summit register since I was up there last -- a nalgene bottle tied in to a rock. Thanks BHCC (I think that's who did the new bolts)!

Saw on BHCC that it was Sylvan Rocks that repaired the bolts on OFD in July 2008.…
[edited 9/26/2009] Sep 26, 2008
Paul Huebner
Portage, WI
Paul Huebner   Portage, WI
Lenore Sobota and I rapped off of the summit anchor system on 07/06/07. The bolts looked fine and had a double black web threaded through them with 2 rap rings. Another party of three rapped off the system right before I led Creeping Senility to the summit.

Kevin, I don't know about any trad route between Creeping Senility and Aging Gracefully, but Gericrawl has several old bolts and takes gear at its 5.9+ crux. It's located just a few feet to the right of Aging Gracefully. Jul 14, 2007
Several years ago we climbed a trad line between Creeping Senility and Aging Gracefully. There was a moderate amount of gear on it and probably went around 5.9. ANy name to this?

Kevin Jul 15, 2006
Dakota Kid
Rochester Hills, MI
Dakota Kid   Rochester Hills, MI
I climbed this with my wife Karyn Kozo and HJ Schmidt on July 4 -- we rapped off the top bolts (2 ropes). Think they must have been okay or H would not have used them. I rapped first, and thought about the anchors on the airy way down GeriCrawl.

Nice climb BTW -- only the second Karyn and I have done other than practice top roped climbs. Jul 7, 2006
It is possible to continue on to the true summit of this rock--a very large, rather flat summit with a great view (imagine that in the black hills!). This last little pitch is low fifth class. There is another rap anchor on the true summit which looks fairly new--but when I was up there this last weekend, I thought the bolts looked kinda funky (not tightened properly and wobbly in their holes) so I opted to downclimb back to the lower anchor and rap from there. Jul 11, 2003

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