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Routes in Cochise Dome (What's My Line Dome)

Double Jeopardy T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
Let's Make a Deal T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Quadruple Direct T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Unknown T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Unknown route on lower left side S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
What's My Line Direct T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
What's My Line? T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0 R
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Elevation: 5,914 ft
GPS: 31.929, -109.982 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Oct 14, 2003
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
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Access Issue: Closed to climbing, March 1 - June 30 Details

Description [Suggest Change]

Cochise Dome (aka What's My Line Dome) is a prominent chickenhead encrusted formation just north of the Rockfellow Group in the central Stronghold. The huge south face of this dome hosts the classic "What's My Line?", perhaps the most well known 5.6 in Arizona, as well as a few other more difficult routes and variations.

Magnificent views, relative accessibility, and classic climbing make this area a popular destination for most visiting climbers and locals alike.

A large portion of the climbing in Cochise Stronghold is closed annually for raptor nesting. Closures vary, and are typically from February 15 - June 30 and include the entire Rockfellow Group and What's My Line Dome. Check with the Forest Service for changes and current closures (see Access Update below!).

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Cochise Dome can be approached from the east or west. General consensus is that the east approach is slightly shorter, but steeper. The west approach is more gentle and can be a pleasant hike, though it is a bit longer.

To approach from the east: Start at the boulder in the middle of the road, just before the campground. Hike up the drainage, more or less, passing Stronghold Dome to your right. Continuing on up the drainage, Rockfellow Group will be on your left. Cochise Dome should appear ahead. Stick to the drainage, following the path of least resistance around huge boulder, until you are under the dome. Allow 40 minutes.

To approach from the west: From the end of the road at the campground, take the trail that goes to the east stronghold. Follow this trail for about 40 minutes up to the main saddle until you can see Cochise Dome and the Rockfellow Group far to your left. Leave the trail, following a vaguely cairned wash/trail for another 20 minutes to the base of Cochise Dome.Allow one hour.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cochise Dome (What's My Line Dome)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0 R
What's My Line?
Trad, Aid 3 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
What's My Line Direct
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Let's Make a Deal
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
What's My Line?
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0 R Trad, Aid 3 pitches
What's My Line Direct
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 2 pitches
Let's Make a Deal
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 4 pitches
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