Type: Trad, 120 ft (36 m), 2 pitches
FA: Dave Evans, 1974
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Hex Marks the Poot is an incredibly obvious crack (when standing near the Don Juan boulder) on a series of blocks leaning against the South Astro Dome. It is just left of the sheer northeast face of this formation.

Climb up the hand and fist crack past a horizontal rail, and then enter the off-width. It's very fun but gym rats and posers will complain. Continue to a nice alcove with weird horns to sling and belay, or continue up the second pitch - a pretty right-curving crack (feasible as one pitch with a long sling or two). No fixed anchors that I could find but a rappel is easy with some long webbing around those horns. Another option is to link into Primal Flake and take it to the top of the Dome.

The first pitch goes at 5.7 (possibly 5.7+ ?), and the second pitch at 5.8. The roof above seemed about 5.8+.


An assortment of hand, fist, and large off-width gear sew up the first pitch. The off-width is fairly secure so if you want to leave behind the 4.5 camalot you can. Smaller gear for the second.