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Let Your Freak Flag Fly

5.7, Sport, 120 ft (36 m),  Avg: 2.3 from 27 votes
FA: Brent Webster, Christina Miramontes
California > Joshua Tree NP > Wonderland of R… > Wonderland South > Wonderland Valley > W Wonderland Va… > Astro Domes > N Astro Dome > N Astro Dome - Southw…
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Description

This long bolted slab is on the sunny south face of the North Astrodome, on the left side of the face.

Location

On the far left side of the So. face of the N. Astrodome.

Protection

Quick draws only (11 bolts)

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Fun chill climb. This is what the wall/route looks like from close
[Hide Photo] Fun chill climb. This is what the wall/route looks like from close
Joseph Guzman
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[Hide Comment] An eleven bolt 5.7 in Joshua Tree. Wow... May 23, 2010
Dimes
Joshua Tree, Ca.
[Hide Comment] Actually a pretty good route with decent rock quality. A 70 meter rope does not quite reach the actual ground when rappeling. The heads of the bolts are some type of huge buttonhead and unlike any I have ever seen before. A rawl spike perhaps? Nov 20, 2011
shelby beardslee
29 Palms, CA
 
[Hide Comment] I really enjoyed this climb. Its cleaning up nicely. One of the best intermediate bolted routes in the park. For the exposure, view, and length I give it three stars. There are rap rings on quick links on top. You can not reach the ground when lowering or rapping this route with a full 70. You can lower to ledge with the bush and down-climb. You can even lower to larger ledge off to the right under Lead us not into temptation and a little easier down climb. Jan 28, 2012
Mike Holley
Boone, NC
 
[Hide Comment] Fun and casual climbing with a ton of bolts! If you enjoyed this route you must surely do "Lead us not into Temp.." and "Godsend"! Dec 11, 2012
Ancent
Reno, NV
  5.7
[Hide Comment] Great moderate climb that is relatively isolated with great views. Very well protected, although it's not perfectly clean yet.

I was told I would need medium pieces to protect the beginning and this is definitely not the case. The first bolt is easily accessible and any placed trad gear would be useless as protection. Also, I would recommend using a single 70 meter rope to rap to the bush-ledge and downclimb (as stated by others). We brought up a second rope and on the rappel I noticed how well a single 70 m would have worked: You'd end on a nice wide ledge with a decent low-angle crack to downclimb for 5-7 feet. The extra rope wasn't worth hauling out there. May 3, 2015
Skyeler Congdon
Western Slope
  5.7 R
[Hide Comment] I strongly disagree with the above comment re: the beginning of this climb. We did not find it casual getting to the first bolt. It is very height-dependent, and will feel desperate for anyone under 5'10". My partner led this, and leads solid 5.10 at Smith Rock, and was GRIPPED. Falling at the first clip would definitely mean broken legs or worse.

For any 5.7/8 leaders out there... This climb is super cool and a great way to summit a proud formation in the J-Tree backcountry. But I'd strongly recommend #1 or #2 size cam to protect the reach for the first bolt. Totally worth the adventure getting out to this special little crag!

ALso, we rapped "Lead us not..." With a single 60 and it was fine. Feb 2, 2020