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Routes in Observatory Dome

Deep Impact T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Looks Can Be Deceiving T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Observatory T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Rain Man T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Ryan's Song T,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Description [Suggest Change]

Observatory Dome is the next major rock uphill and slightly west of the Pear (apart from the obscure and lower Sunshine Buttress), so named because of the huge, right-facing dihedral located smack dab in the middle of its rounded south face, lending a striking resemblance to its namesake. It's one of Lumpy's least-climbed crags, due in part to its steep bushwhacking approach and lack of routes, quality or otherwise. As of Bernard Gillett's 2001 guidebook (currently the most up-to-date) there were only four routes gracing its rough, slabby, lichen-covered walls, and I haven't heard of anyone scheming for a first ascent lately. Despite this, it might not be a bad place to go if you're looking for a 5.6 or 5.7 on a busy day (when ISN'T White Whale or Chrome-Plated busy?). You're guaranteed to have it all to yourself, even on a July weekend.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Take the trail to the base of the Pear and bushwhack uphill and to the left until you find the base. Use the prominent, central dihedral as a landmark for finding most of the routes. The main descent is to the west, but you can descend east as well.

Raptor issues

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With confirmation with RMNP, this rock is not subject to raptor closures.

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