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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
Elevation: 8,500 ft
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Shared By: Kurt Johnson on Oct 28, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

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.
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Getting There

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

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

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