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Half Dome Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.89, -103.4579 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Hirsch on Aug 4, 2010
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Half Dome, which looks more like a quarter dome, is located 100 yards to the SE of Baldy and stands 80ft tall. There are about 7 lines, all going to the summit if you choose. Some crystal pulling, some routes have more clean finer grain granite, there is also some wind sculptured holds and a couple trad lines. Usually pretty quiet back here. Between these routes and the ones on Baldy there is enough for a full day. Well worth the 20 min approach.

Getting There 

Same approach as Old Baldy. Once your able to see Baldy straight in front of you follow the trail to the right passing a few boulder problems. The trail will trend to the left uphill and you'll see Half Dome on top of the hill. 20 min hike.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Half Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Half Dome:
SW Summit Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Ipecac Neat   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Big, Black, and Hard   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   
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Big, Black, and Hard 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Half Dome
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By chris deulen
From: Castle Rock
Nov 6, 2011
Chris, did you bolt the routes you guys FA'd here as well? Just curious.
By Chris Hirsch
From: Rapid City, SD
Nov 6, 2011
Hey, yes i did. Lots of rock to be had out here. You should come out for a visit!

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