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Hone Dome Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Craig Clarence on Apr 25, 2003
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This is the first rock you come to when you are approaching the East Virgin Islands from the Perpetual Motion area. The picture in the Vogel guide (p. 418) is the south face of Hone Dome. The rock features a few bolted routes with old-school bolt spacing, as well as some moderate cracks. We thought the best route on the rock was "Hawks Retreat." This route starts with a bit of easy low-angle but unprotected face climbing (or wide chimney thrutching) followed by a very clean left-leaning corner with a great hand crack in back. Maybe a bit harder than 10a, but definitely worth doing.

Good anchor bolts with chains will get you off the rock with a 50m rope.

Getting There 

You can't see this area from the road, so you will have to navigate a bit by feel if you haven't been out there before. We followed the trail along the south side of the Perpetual Motion complex of rocks (see Vogel p. 409 map) until those rocks end. Then turn right (southeast) over a small rise until you see the East Virgin Islands in the distance. Hone Dome and Virgin Pile are the first two obvious large domes you will walk by.

On the way back, instead of walking towards Perpetual Motion, we cut the corner and walked directly west to our car on the Geology Tour Road, which turned out to be significantly shorter.

Climbing Season

For the Geology Tour Road area.

Weather station 13.0 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Hone Dome - Hawks Retreat

Hawks Retreat 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Hone Dome
The start of this route is visible in the photo as the left leaning crack on far left side of the face. Do a bouldery high step to get on the route. Low angle face climbing (5.7) next to the 4.5" crack takes you up and around the corner to a large abandoned nest. The last 25' is the crux- a classic steep hand and finger crack. Very exposed. 2 out of 5 stars....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Hone Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Hone Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben Craft  on V-Crack right, south face, 4/2003
BETA PHOTO: Ben Craft on V-Crack right, south face, 4/2003

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