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Lightning Dome - Left Side Rock Climbing 

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The mass of Lightning Dome as viewed from Highway 13 is primarily the “left side” of the formation. The routes here lie between the left edge of the crag and the prominent low-angle gully visible on the far right.

There are four sections within the Left Side:
• Parasite Wall
• Black Pine
• Fat Albert
• Midnight Fright

Getting There 

Park at a large pullout at mile 21.1. Cross the highway to a roadcut and scramble up a left trending ramp to the trail. Continue up this trail past occasional cairns to a faint fork. This left hand/uphill fork, more or less directly, leads to the Midnight Fright, Fat Albert, Black Pine, and Parasite Walls.

From the summit, walk on the uphill side of the two downed trees to the ridge crest, then head down the crest to the obvious stacked boulders. Continue down on their right to a pair of tall, slightly burned Ponderosa pines. Scramble down a bit of 3rd class terrain then left across a gully. Grassy ledges lead to the base of the Parasite Wall, where the approach trail leads back to the crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Lightning Dome - Left Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lightning Dome - Left Side:
Fat Albert   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Fat Albert Area
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Fat Albert 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  Idaho : West Idaho : ... : Fat Albert Area
Long known as “Fat Albert” this route was originally called Exfoliation Expressway. Either way this is the most classic and unique climb on the Clearwater. This good beginner’s lead follows a clean dihedral for about 25 meters before tunneling underneath a natural arch to the belay. Don’t miss it! It is nearly impossible to top rope this route since lowering through the arch isn’t easily accomplished and the pendulum is nasty!P1) Start up the low angle corner using hand jams (superb!) ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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