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Chunder Dome Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,150'
Location: 37.97603, -107.65895 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: gimpmonkey on Oct 19, 2015
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This is a promising new section of Uncompahgre Formation quartzite adjacent to the Misfits Wall. It is approximately 200 feet at its tallest point and has an east/southeast aspect, so it has good morning-afternoon sun. The Chunder Dome has an Eldo-like nature to it with lots of diagonal systems and interconnecting features that require a mix of natural pro and bolts to make them reasonable. The rock is mostly bomber, but there is plenty of looseness out on the new ground, know who's below you before trundling. That being said, there are plenty more new adventures on the Chunder Dome to be had.

Getting There 

Approach as for the Misfits Wall and Astro Zombies. From the base of A.Z., you have 2 options: 1) climb first pitch of A.Z., and continue past first set of anchors on 4th class, then bear left into a bushy gully for 20 feet (#2-#3 Camalot) up to a big pine tree and belay bolt. Or 2) from the base, walk left (upstream) along cliff until you can cut up a small gully weakness with a couple big pines coming out of it. Scramble along a ledge to the left and up 4th class terrain to the base of Chunder Dome. Scramble up rock slab on the right to reach the belay bolt at the top of the slab.

The approach time to the base of A.Z. is 15-20 minutes from the car if you know where you are going.

Climbing Season

For the Ouray vicinity (rock) area.

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Gimpmonkey on FA of Beyond Chunderdome 11/2014.

Beyond Chunderdome 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Colorado : Ouray vicinity (rock) : Chunder Dome
Pitch 1 is the cleanest looking, left-facing, diagonal dihedral in the right-center of the dome. It goes through 4 small overlapping roofs, each one provides a crux, the middle two are the hardest, 5.10b/c.Pitch 2. From the anchor, mantle up and right, out of the corner, and clip a bolt. Continue up the face for 6 more bolts, a hand-size cam can protect the last moves to the anchor, 5.9.Descent: do 3 rappels down the face with one 60 meter rope. Don't miss the last set of anchors before going ov...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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