Type: Trad, 175 ft
FA: Ron and Shari Baker (1989)
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Shared By: Paul Huebner on Jul 9, 2003
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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Description

This is one of three great routes on Old People's Dome, which is located just northwest of the back side of Outer Outlet. Basically, go down the same trail that leads to the back side of Outer Outlet and the Conn Diagonal climb but then turn to the left and continue downhill on a well worn trail that leads to a tall dome shaped spire. The climb is just left of the two small white birch trees. The first bolt is about 20 feet off of the deck, but it can be easily approached from the adjacent ugly gully. I highly recommend the direct ascent. The route is also fairly run outt near the top, but there is a horizontal crack that takes a #1 tricam or small cam. After the last bolt, follow the unprotected arete or slide around to the right and go up last protected part of Aging Gracefully to the intermediate bolt/chain anchor. If you choose the second option, you need to place a double sling on the last bolt of Creeping Senility and a single sling on the last button bolt for Aging Gracefully to avoid monster rope drag. The approximately 175 foot high summit can be reached with a 60 M rope with about 3 M to spare, otherwise with a shorter rope you can make it a two pitch climb. It's an easy unprotected scramble from the intermediate belay up to a large ledge and on up to the true summit, where a new bolt anchor has been provided. Two ropes are needed for rap from either anchor.

Protection

Seven or eight bolts with runout in the middle and near the top of the climb. A #1 tricam and/or small flexible cam can be used if desired in a horizontal crack.

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