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By slim
Administrator
Jul 24, 2008
Half Dome.

Easy 5.6 slab on the left side, way old bolts. Corner just to the right of it is given 9, but probably closer to 5.7. The obvious groove up the middle is 80ish. 2 bolted routes on right side of this face are in the 10 range and if I remember correctly, there are 1 or 2 more bolted routes as you round the corner to the right.

Not a destination per se, but the approach is 10 seconds and it works pretty well for getting some non commiting pitches in during a cold winter afternoon.
By Jason Haas
Jul 26, 2008
slim, when you climbed the corner (second route in your list) did you take it all the way to the top? I thought it was probably 5.7 or so to start, going past the bolt and into the low-angled chimney. Then you reach a ledge and have to take a left-angling wide crack (#5 Camalots). Kind of burly for 5.7 in my opinion. You have to lay it back with not the best feet or offwidth it. I agreed with the 5.9 grading, though that section was pretty chossy.
By slim
Administrator
Jul 27, 2008
Damn Jason, you are one messed up person. I can't believe that I am not the only person to climb this route in the last 20 years. And I thought I owned the market on obscure choss wrangling!

Anyway, yeah I do remember that part. I OW'd it, which is pretty much how I climb everything. I didn't think that it was too bad in terms of the climbing, but I do remember the rock quality not being the best. I climb a lot of OWs, particularly at Vedauwoo so I tend to be more comfortable on strenuous than tenuous.

When did you do this route? I climbed it about 4 years ago during the winter, and found a South Platte guidebook at the base (slightly mildewed). Also, the bolts on the routes on the right were pretty new looking.

Back behind this dome, about 50 yards, is a small panel of rock that has a couple mixed bolted/gear sorts of routes (I think they may have been put up by Derek Lawrence(?)). I climbed these as well during that time.
By Jason Haas
Jul 27, 2008
Slim, sounds like we should hang out :) I love offwidths and spend quite a bit of time in Vedauwoo. I climbed the route sometime in May.
By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Jul 28, 2008
Slim - I did do a couple of routes back there a while ago. I called the area The Back Porch and was aiming for a kid friendly area to take my daughter to. I can not take full credit for the right slab route, however... I placed the anchors and TR'd it with folks but did not feel like hand drilling the protection bolts... When I went back after I got my Bosch, someone had already finished the job (I suspect the same person who has/had done a lot of the bolting down there).
I've posted a couple photos on my profile page
mountainproject.com/v/derek_la...
mountainproject.com/v/derek_la...

Re: Half Dome, right side (last time I was there). there are 2 bolted routes around on the far right side (east, right of the two pitch 10) I believe go at 10 b/c and 11+ (black streak, furthest right).

Half Dome needs to be added to the database here... I'll try to do it but if someone beats me to it, great! (Jeff Bryan's photos are a good start... )
By Shane Zentner
From: Colorado
Sep 12, 2008
Yes, Derek is correct in his beta regarding the routes that are located on the right section of the dome. He and I climbed there about 4 years ago, the route was a 2 pitch 5.10ish slab that was sparsely protected. The start of the second pitch was a bit tricky and runout. We had discussed not adding this to the database, but alas, good things come to those who wait.
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Half Dome.

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