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Routes in The Dome

Black Plague T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Cozy Dyno T 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c R
Cozy Overhang T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Cozyhang T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Cozyhang 10a Variation T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Cozyhang Alt. Finish T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Cozyhang Out T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Direct T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Dome Girdle T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
E of East Slab East T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
East Face, Far Right T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
East Face, Farthest Right T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
East Slab T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
East Slab East T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
East of the Sun T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Evening Stroll T,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Familiar Face T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Gorilla's Delight T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Groove T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
Left Edge T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Owl Direct , The T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Owl, The T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Pinnacle T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Prelude to King Kong T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pussy Cat T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Signs Of Life T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Super Squeeze T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Umph Slot, The T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
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Being very close to Boulder and south-facing make this a popular rock. It is a good crag for winter days. It's a huge slab, with lots of cuts and cracks to run up. No top-roping or sport climbs are here, but then many fun, multi-pitch climbs are great for beginner leaders. Access off the top is via scrambling down either the east or west.

L->R the starts are:

A. Evening Stroll, 10+ R, 2p, 140', gear.
B. Prelude to King Kong, 9, 1p, 110', gear.
C. Black Plague, 10+ R, 1p, 50', gear.
D. Pinnacle, 10- or 10+, 1p, 70', gear.
E. Left Edge, 7, 2p, 200', gear.
F. Super Squeeze, 11-, 2p, 200', gear.
G. Umph Slot, 10+, 2p, 200', gear.
H. The Owl, 7, 2-3p, 200', gear.
I1. The Owl Direct , 10 PG-13, 2p, gear.
I2. Direct, 10+ R, 2p, 200', gear.
J. Cozyhang, 7+, 2-3p, 200', gear.
K. East of the Sun, 7, 2p, 200', gear.
L. East Slab, 6, 1-2p, 200', gear.
M. East Slab East, 6, 1-2p, 200', gear
N. E of East Slab East, 7, 1p, gear.
O. East Face, Far Right, 7, 1p, 70', gear.
P. East Face, Farthest Right, 7, 1p, 100', gear.

These routes start above the ground:

AA. Gorilla's 105760317Delight, 9, 1p, 100', gear.
BB. Familiar Face?, 10 R, 1p, gear.
CC. Cozy Overhang, 10, 1p, gear.
DD. Signs Of Life, 10, 1p, 150', gear.
EE. Groove?, 10+, 1p, gear.
FF. Pussycat?, 10, 1p, gear.
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Getting There

0.5 miles from the entrance to Boulder Canyon is a straightaway with huge turnoffs on both side of the road. Park and walk north across the footbridge. Turn right and follow the new trail up to the aqueduct. Go left to the trail heading up to the base of the Dome.

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Jon Dawood
Denver, CO
Jon Dawood   Denver, CO
Found a piece of gear today. Message me with a description, and I'll get it back to you. Oct 22, 2017
Kellon Spencer
Tempe, Arizona
Kellon Spencer   Tempe, Arizona
Hey guys, just topped out on a climb at The Dome and found a very nice BD cam abandoned ...I mean really nice. Shoot me a message with a description of the size and color of the tape you labeled it with, and I'll be happy to return it to you. Mar 27, 2017
Coury Ditch
Boulder, Colorado
Coury Ditch   Boulder, Colorado
Left my helmet here on MLK day (beginning of this week), either at the top or over by the start of the owl. Beers for its captor! It's a red Mammut.

Email is: Cmditch at gmail dot com.

Thanks! Jan 25, 2014
D. Shaw  
We did this late Sept, 2009. I have done it maybe 10 times, starting 25 years ago, but hadn't done it in 8 years. I on-sighted a 10c sport route a few days ago without difficulty, and I have to say, this route is more interesting and wild than the 10c. Lots of pins are gone now, that used to help protect it, and the ones that are there don't look reliable to me. The polish has increased substantially, making the traverse up to the first belay, and just after, seem harder now. In honor of the old guard who probably did this route in boots with nails, I'll leave the rating alone, but a beginning 5.7 leader (is there any such thing anymore?) who tried to on-sight this puppy would probably call for a rescue chopper! Sep 30, 2009
Phil Lauffen
The Bubble
Phil Lauffen   The Bubble
I'll probably start cutting off fingers, jamming them like chockstones, untie, run the rope behind them, and retie.

But as you can see this decreases the amount of climbing I can do in my life considerably. Jun 27, 2009
What if you then cannot get your knot out of the crack? Jun 27, 2009
Bob Carmichael
Bob Carmichael   Boulder
I left this stuff at the base of the Cozyhang. I know it's dumb but if someone is wondering who to return the DMM wire gate biners and draws to


BC Aug 19, 2007
Bob Carmichael
Bob Carmichael   Boulder

I left HALF my rack of DMM wiregate quick draws at the Dome last Monday.
If you my chance found them please notifiy me at

These were really nice draws and I know it is my mistake for having left them but good karma says return to user...


BC Aug 19, 2007
Joshua Merriam
Boulder, CO
Joshua Merriam   Boulder, CO
That microfracture theory has been disproved.

(I just like to point this out whenever I hear it spread in hopes of quashing it) Jun 29, 2007
A carabiner that has been dropped like that should be thrown out. Although you can't be certain without x-ray analysis, the carabiner may have gotten fractured from the impact. Better to replace and be out 5 bucks. Jan 13, 2003
Shawn Shannon
Everett, WA
Shawn Shannon   Everett, WA
A little hope for anyone thinking people are getting worse.... I dropped three biners off the belay ledge on Cozyhang and got a large hex stuck in a crack that my partner couldn't remove. We finished and went up Owl. I met a climber at the shared belay with Cozyhang and he offered me our hex that he had already removed. He also noticed the biners I was using and offered the one he found on the hillside that matched mine... I figured they were sacrifices to the rock gods, but I saved some money thanks to some honest climbers. Jan 12, 2003
William McGehee
Choctaw, OK
William McGehee   Choctaw, OK
I don't know about dumb ass thieves JV... I was there this afternoon and an older gentleman found a flat/triangular topped winter hat. It was dark, maybe black. He asked if it was mine and I said no. I forgot to get it from him to post the find here. My sincerest apologies whomever it belongs to. Perhaps it is still there. Worth the check...~WM Nov 23, 2002
Climber Scott Hamilton died Saturday while soloing on the Dome.… Oct 29, 2002
Paul G  
At the top of the gully between Elephant Buttress and the Dome there's a 20 foot granite cliff that can be top roped. Might be good for warming up a beginner or practicing belays before heading doing multi pitch nearby. Sep 30, 2002
Longmont, CO
JVonD   Longmont, CO
I can't believe it.. So a couple months ago I was with a small party climbing the right face. My buddy Ed and I get to the tree and I decided to set up a rappel with a long cordelette line (so everyone climbing that day could use it.) We rapp down and start on another climb. I saw some guys climbing up and I asked them not to take my rapp off the top. He was looking at me funny. So we top out another climb and someone stole my frickin rapp line. Can you believe this. WHATS NEXT???Ron Kauk's boots? (Moral of story, Look out for Dumb-Ass thieves.) Nov 11, 2001

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