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Pope On a Rope

5.11c, Trad, Alpine, 60 ft (18 m),  Avg: 2 from 2 votes
FA: John Gonzales
California > Western Sierra > Domeland Wilder… > Church Domes > Rectory > Rectory - S Face
Access Issue: Domeland Wilderness Area Details


Start behind a tree growing close to the rock. Climb the crack as it continues over the first roof through 3 more small roofs to a bolt anchor. A bolt protects the face moves into the crack.


Right side of the face, behind a tree that grows near the face.


5 bolts and 1/2" to 1 1/4" cams can be used between bolts.

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John X on first ascent of "Pope on a Rope"
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Juan Vargas
Bakersfield, CA
[Hide Comment] There were more than three bolts on this route (i think i counted 5.) What was weird was that some of these were right next to perfect gear placements. There was also an intermediate bolted anchor about 50ft up. May 25, 2020
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
[Hide Comment] Juan...perhaps contact John Gonzales or Gerry Cox, who put the route up. My recollect is that the route originally had just three bolts. Could be that someone added an extension as when Chris Sharma extended Bibliogrphie to create Realization. May 26, 2020