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Description

This area includes domes and crags along side Jefferson County Road 97 close to Deckers. In the South Platte guidebooks it is referred to as the Malay Archipelago region.

Often the biggest challenge of climbing in this area is located the start of the climb. Over time, many of the routes have changed, bolts have been removed and added, and removed, etc. Allow plenty of time for scouting and finding the routes. Carefully scope routes before launching up them in case their description and protection comments have changed.

The most popular areas are:

Atlantis Slab
This is yet another set of beautiful, rounded, granite domes in the South Platte. These domes have 1-2 pitch slab routes with mostly spartan, bolt protection. South facing.

Murphy's Dome South Face
Nice one pitch climbs, mostly friction, with new bolts and 2 bolt anchors. South facing.

Deckers, is a small place with a general store and a fly fishing shop. The General Store dates back to the 1890's and was built by Stephen Decker. It is also a popular region for fly-fishing. Deckers received national attention during the June 2002 Hayman forest fire.

Getting There

From Denver, go W on Hwy 285, go S on Foxton Rd just past Conifer, take a L at the T to South Platte (96), towards Deckers, drive 3 miles. Park in a legal spot. You may have to walk along the road a bit to the trailheads. There are 2 drainages to hike:

The S drainage is better for the S face of Java Dome and Bali Domes.

The N drainage is better for Atlantis Dome (on your L/S-facing) and W face of Java Dome. Approaches take 10-20 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Deckers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
 5
Easy Listening
TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 12
Quit Yer Beachin'
Sport, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 8
Webster-Ellis Route?
Sport, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 15
Tim's Walkway
Sport 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Gecko
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Fish Farmer
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Traditionalists at Work
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 10
Missing The Dike aka Two Dikes f…
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Half Dome Crack aka Party Time
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 11
Unsupervised Bolting
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Clouded Leopard
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 7
Hammerhead
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 7
El Nino
Trad, Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 6
Platte Magic
Trad, Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Dengue Fever
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Easy Listening Jazz Dome
 5
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a TR
Quit Yer Beachin' Java Dome > S Face
 12
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Sport, TR
Webster-Ellis Route? Java Dome > S Face
 8
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
Tim's Walkway Atlantis Slab
 15
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport 2 pitches
Gecko Borneo Slab
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Fish Farmer Borneo Slab
 5
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Traditionalists at Work Java Dome > N Face
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Missing The Dike aka Two Di… Atlantis Slab
 10
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Half Dome Crack aka Party Time Little Half Dome
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Unsupervised Bolting Atlantis Slab
 11
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Clouded Leopard Borneo Slab
 4
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hammerhead Java Dome > N Face
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad
El Nino Java Dome > N Face
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Platte Magic Java Dome > N Face
 6
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Dengue Fever Borneo Slab
 5
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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Jeff Bryan
Cortez, co
Jeff Bryan   Cortez, co
I agree with A.C. high overhead low return. I have been to both Atlantis and Java. From the Beta pics of Murphy's Dome I am not really sure where that is. Is this the formation just above the parking lot with multiple bolted lines. Which do have some new anchors. I loaned my H. book and I seem to remember a different rock name. Jul 24, 2008
Jeff Bryan
Cortez, co
Jeff Bryan   Cortez, co
Tried to climb this unknown rock today and got spanked. The first route
I left a beaner at the second bolt. It just seemed to hard for me, I fell twice. The second route I attempted had a big jug, but it felt like it was going to pull off. I got above it to the left and everything I grabbed pulled apart, so I bagged it and we went to our 3rd route which my buddy was half way up when we got rained off. This dome has tons of rock that is just rotten as it comes. The 3rd route we tried was pure friction and not as rotten but was friable friction. I am not sure if it is worth a second visit. The middle trad line looks ok, but with storms moving in we decided against it. Jul 25, 2008
John McMullen
El Portal, CA
John McMullen   El Portal, CA
This entire area was slated to be at the bottom of a new Dam and Reservoir back when we were climbing there (thus the names). It was practically a fact ... and fortunately didn't happen.

Since climbers at the time didn't communicate ... miss information was the norm. Apr 25, 2009