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Routes in The Dome

Bishop Jaggers T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bolts to Somewhere T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Burke Box Ball Route S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Connections T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Dire Straits T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Dos Equis T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Fuzzy Thinking T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Look out, Sarah! T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
PTL Club T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
Pornographic Motions T,S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
RU Red I T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a X
Resurrection T,S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Rhythm Scratch T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
Sea Of Holes T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
South Side Johnny T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sposi-Isaacs Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Topographical Oceans T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Village People T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
YMCA Right Variation aka Tom's Crack Attack T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Type: Trad, 150 ft
FA: Mike Smith, ~1985
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Shared By: Ray Snead on Dec 31, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Bolts to Somewhere the line of seven bolts to the left of of Topographical Ocean's 4th pitch. It is easier than Topo's P4, but it has half the bolts in the same distance. This is one hundred percent pure friction.


This is an old school bolt route.


This pitch really is brilliant. The best descent is to rap down CONNECTIONS. Rap to the start of the last pitch (either this or TOPO OCEANS) then a 50 meter rap leaves you on easily downclimbed ground at the bottom. Oct 30, 2002
John McNamee
Littleton, CO
John McNamee   Littleton, CO  
Bolts are spaced appropriately for this route. Not too close but not too far apart. It's a fun climb. Do it. Aug 11, 2003
Boulder, CO
pfwein   Boulder, CO
The first pitch is also good. Nov 19, 2006
Shane Zentner
Shane Zentner   Colorado
All three pitches are excellent. I would consider the first 2/3 of the last pitch to be continuous well protected 5.10-, exactly half the bolts than Topo. One of the best pitches that I have led on The Dome and a must do for anyone hiking to the area. Everything from crack to slabbing, a typical awesome South Platte climb. Dec 12, 2007
To complete the info on Bolts to Somewhere, I did the first ascent around 1985, bolted on lead. Peter Hubbel and I finished Topo Oceans earlier, and B. to Somewhere beckoned as we worked on the last p. of Topo. What invited B to S was a single old bolt left of the belay for the last p. on Topo (what became bolt #1 or 2 on B to S.) This isolated bolt was put in many years earlier by the real hard men that first climbed The Dome. Pete and I often joked about the solitary "bolt to nowhere" while finishing Topo. When I returned to check out the line invited by the lone bolt, it naturally fell into place. Thus came the name for the completed line, "Bolts to Somewhere." It is a classic, pure friction pitch, more runout than the final p. of Topo. The old mystery bolt may have been a rap bolt. If not, someone was doing massive runouts on hard rock and they deserve first ascent credit. There was at that time a second solo mystery bolt in the middle of nowhere a hundred feet or so below the belay for the final p. of Topo. Pete and I incorporated this bolt into Connections as I recall. Likely another rap bolt, but who knows. By the way, Pete was the creator of Topo. Though we shared the bolting on lead, Topo was his vision. Done wearing EBs, the shoe of the time, and before today's sticky soles. -Mike Smith Jun 3, 2010
One of the best lines on The Dome. Oct 17, 2010
Boulder, CO
michalm   Boulder, CO
The rock quality is on par with the best rock on the Spearhead. Amazing pure friction climbing on rippled, varnished, flawless granite. The bolts are where you need them. Just for the record, this pitch is closer to 150 feet than 100 feet. Bolts and Topo can be conveniently rapped or lowered from with an 80. Jan 28, 2018

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