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Hunter S. Thompson Dome

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Chrome Dome S 
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Runout Rodeo T 
Squire S 
Walking the Vertical Beach T 

Hunter S. Thompson Dome Rock Climbing 

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This wall is a taller 'adventure wall' relative to some of the others in the area, like the Black Corridor and Sweet Pain Wall.

There are a mix of routes here, including gear and bolted lines, but some of the more attractive lines are in fact mixed, with a few bolts here and there, but certainly requiring some gear to feel sanely protected. The routes here range from 5.9 to 5.12, with the hardest of these having bolts at the cruxes.

This wall get's mixed shade and sun, but the lower part of the wall and belay tended towards shade early and late in the winter days.

The descent from the taller routes on this crag consists of walking and scrambling back and right down a gully or two and then traversing a very exposed rock slope (4th class, leave the sticky rubber on) to reach the base, or a very protracted gully-whack the long way down. The cliff is not well advised for less experienced climbers.

The best route that I did on this cliff was Gonzo Dogs (10-). Walking the Vertical Beach was a little loose, but nice. Runout Rodeo was also fun. I have not done the harder lines here.

Unfortunately, several people have seen it fit to use the gully at the base (the most natural and safe belay) as a latrine. Belaying off of the ridge behind the gully can be dangerous without a tiedown point. A lead-fall can suck the belayer off of it and drop then into the gully, over 3 meters- possibly letting go of the rope.

If you go to do the longest routes on the wall, take a 70M rope and stretch it create beautiful 222-235' pitches while avoiding bogus belays.

Getting There 

Climb up through the top of Sweet Pain wall and though it's top, turning right at the base of HST Dome, Just below 'Walking the Vertical Beach' or up though the top of the Black Corridor, turning left to reach HTS Dome.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hunter S. Thompson Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hunter S. Thompson Dome:
Crazy Eights   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Mother's Milk   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Squire   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The De-Nogginizer   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up the route. December 2008.

Crazy Eights 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Hunter S. Thompson Dome
This is a long route, and serves as a good warm-up. Climb the vertical varnished face through a series of high feet and good holds to the top. A few sections seemed to be confusing to the less experienced climbers in our group.This route used ALL of a 50m rope, so it would be wise to knot the end of the rope as a protective measure when lowering-off.*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...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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