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Out-of-Downers Dome Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Mark Abbott on Feb 22, 2006
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Out-of-Downers Dome and the smaller (unnamed?) dome immediately behind it are set into the hillside left of Out-of-Towners Dome in the East Stronghold. They face southeast. The rock seems to be quite solid. Although this area is described in Bob Kerry's 1997 guide Backcountry Climbing in Southern Arizona, 2nd Edition, it doesn't seem to get much traffic.

Climbs are one or two pitches long. The climbing is primarily crack climbing, with some chickenheads. The guidebook lists eight routes, including every grade from 5.6 to 5.10. I didn't notice any bolts anywhere. You can walk off from all the routes, although it's a bit hairy if you're on the northeast part of Out of Downers. There are a couple of dubious rap anchors on that northeast part, probably not coincidentally.

Getting There 

This area is in the East Stronghold. Don't go to the formal campground. Instead, find the approach to Wasteland Dome and Out-of-Towners Dome. Shortly before the trail starts climbing uphill to Wasteland, a trail branches off to the left, headed toward Out-of-Towners. Take a left at a cairn before or after, as Kerry puts it, "an ugly prickly pear cactus and a big potato-shaped rock on the left, about 60 yards before Out-of-Towners." The trail is probably too faint to follow by itself, but there are periodic cairns -- you might have to wander around a bit to find them. The trail angles uphill and left for a bit, then traverses straight left to Out-of-Downers. The approach takes about 50 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Out-of-Downers Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Out-of-Downers Dome:
Hogback Growler   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Start of the climb, with the plates at lower right...

Hogback Growler 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : ... : Out-of-Downers Dome
This climb is a bit tricky to find because the start is hidden among giant boulders near the left (west) end of the rock. There a wide crack that narrows to a friendlier size about 30 feet up, with face-climbable plates on the right wall.P1: Face climb the plates on the right until you can stand on the ledge formed by the top of the plates and walk left to the crack. This involves about 15 feet of unprotected 5.8 climbing on positive holds. I give it an "R" (Kerry does not) because you'd crat...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: The upper part of Dudes Without Ludes.
BETA PHOTO: The upper part of Dudes Without Ludes.
Rock Climbing Photo: The lower part of Dudes Without Ludes
BETA PHOTO: The lower part of Dudes Without Ludes
Rock Climbing Photo: Hockey Stick Crack
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Rock Climbing Photo: Out-of-Downers Dome and the (unnamed?) dome behind...
BETA PHOTO: Out-of-Downers Dome and the (unnamed?) dome behind...
Rock Climbing Photo: Out-of-Downers location.
BETA PHOTO: Out-of-Downers location.

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By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Sep 18, 2007
Nice work on this area Mark!

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