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Lightning Dome Rock Climbing 

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Lightning Dome is the first large granite slab one reaches when driving down Highway 13.

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.

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

For the West Idaho area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Lightning Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lightning Dome:
Fat Albert   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Lightning Dome - Left Side : 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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