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Routes in Delta Dome

Book of the Dead S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Crystal Meth S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Eagle's Gift, The S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
East Crack T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
East Face Slab S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Fin -- S. Face S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Fin Arete S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Hobo Sapien S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Journey to Ixtlan S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Nose, The S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Over Under Sideways Down S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Petty Tyrant S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Southwest Rib T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Summit access T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
West Face Direct S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
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Type: Sport, 90 ft
FA: Probably Tony Lusk
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Shared By: jbak . on Sep 13, 2014
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland

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For better or for worse... a long 5.11+ slab. Sustained.

Delta has several excellent routes in the 5.11+ range. The others are steeper with more positive holds, so I think they are more fun. This one is more slabby, and after 50 feet I'm wishing it's over. But that's just me, you may love it. It is certainly sustained and aesthetic.


East face of main dome, just left of south nose.




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jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
This is an awesome route if you like steep, thin, slab climbing. Do it in the shade on a cool day and it might be pretty fun. I'm not sure I really liked it, but I just can't give it less than 3 stars. It's so good-looking. Sep 13, 2014
Joe Kreidel
San Antonio, TX
Joe Kreidel   San Antonio, TX
Maybe my favorite technical climb on the mountain. Makes you earn every move, and you never feel too confident in the moves ahead. Sep 15, 2014
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Well stated Joe. I thought this was the one that Joe S said you really liked.

It is still a touch fuzzy. I broke a couple of holds and had trouble trusting some others. It is an outstanding example of tough steep slab. My problem is: above about 11b I'm not sure slab climbing is actually fun. Sep 15, 2014
Littleton, CO
Hendrixson   Littleton, CO
This is a wonderful and sustained route. However, I would not call it slab. It is near vertical delicate face climbing. Despite having no holds break I had trouble trusting a number of the small crystals, which slightly detracted from my experience - with traffic or additional cleaning that might change. Finally the chain could be extended and old webbing removed. This current setup twisted our rope. Jun 7, 2015
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Haha...John, don't you know that "delicate" and "slabby" are synonyms ? Apparently you haven't read "Leona's Big Book of Climbing Definitions" ! You would know that anything less steep than Tsunami is a slab. ;) ;) Jun 8, 2015

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