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Chrome Dome 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Mike Ward
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Submitted By: Matt McMurray on Nov 8, 2006

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


This route was said to be considered a 5.10, but I feel it is more in the 5.9 range. It is more difficult if you follow the direct bolt line (5.9+ maybe) but it appears that most parties stay left of the bolts until after the bulge.

*NOTE* This route is still relatively new as of this posting (11/06) and although I spent some time cleaning more of the broken rock, there is considerable breakage of the rock edges that haven't yet been worn down. I would advise wearing a helmet to belay until these routes get some more traffic.


This route is located at the far left end of HSTD. Head left of the obvious roof behind an outcrop. You climb/shimmy/stem up a small chimney to a sloping ledge below this and the two other routes.


Seven bolts to the chain anchors.

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By steple
Jul 12, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I did this in Februrary 2011 and rock quality was no problem. It seems there has been enough traffic meanwhile.
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Dec 28, 2011
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I dunno... I mean even after I ate two dozen Christmas cookies this thing still felt like 10a. Good route and would be a good way to break into the grade.
By Edward Pyune
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 24, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

FYI the Handren book has this route rated 5.10 a/b. Definitely not 5.9
By Mtnfly
From: El Segundo, Ca
Feb 4, 2013
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

This was harder than 5.9 for sure. Maybe someone who climbs harder routes most of the time might not think its that hard, but for someone who barely leads 5.10b this was still hard to follow cleanly. As people have said if you go left of the bolt line it is easier. This wall is great for those fun long 5.8 routes, not this route.
By Michael Schneider
Jun 12, 2014

grab a cup of coffee and a light rack stay on the route left ish, this is the verb sort of climb ,don't hang around, get on the rock, clock starts, so go .
By Cunning Linguist
Jun 17, 2014

^^^^^I swear, some posts just give me the willies. What the fuck does any of that mean?
By TactiCool
From: Republic Of Korea (Temporarily)
Jun 23, 2014

yeah, agreed, wtf?
By Cunning Linguist
Jun 24, 2014

The verb's the herb, glue your feet to the curb and jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton kinda route. No time for love doctor jones, roll the bones, kinda route, stay on the left, right, then be quick on your head foot, this route is enlarged to show detail, so let's drink from the bottle and get small, y'all.

If you know what I mean. That should help you climb this route.

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