South Astro Dome Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Capri Slacks points out the Don Juan boulder. An e...
These awesome domes lie in the heart of the Wonderland of Rocks and sport some of the longest routes in the park. Classics include Solid Gold
(10a) and Such a Savage
(11a). The climbing is characterized by steep face climbing on small edges protected by bolts. Remember though, that these climbs were put up in the days of the bolt-on-lead ethic, and ARE NOT SPORT CLIMBS. Just because these routes aren't given an "R" (by tradition) doesn't mean you won't encounter significant runouts with dangerous fall potential: a small rack is usually useful to supplement the fixed gear on these routes. The majority of the routes on these domes face northeast and thus can be quite cold in the winter and see little sun. That being said a warm day in January brings ideal climbing conditions if you don't mind being a little chilly.
The South Astro Dome can be descended by 2 rappels from the top of My Laundry
(one 60 ft and one 90 ft).
Directions are difficult in the Wonderland. It is best to bring a good map to help locate the Astro Domes.
From the Barker Dam parking area, follow the trail north towards the Dam. When you reach the lakebed, continue north through the lakebed (if dry) or cross at the dam. Continue north through the Wonderland until you reach the enormous Don Juan Boulder. At this point veer towards the South Astro Dome and clamber up slabs to a notch which provides an excellent vantage point of the walls. Descend to the route of choice.
Weather station 8.3 miles from here
25 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in South Astro Dome
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Astro Dome :
Featured Route For South Astro Dome
Such a Savage 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Yet another of the classic face routes on the Astro Domes, this one is memorable for a stiff runout to the first bolt as well as the steep, well-protected face climbing higher. P1) Climb about 20' of insecure 5.10 friction above the talus to a bolt, run it out again to a second bolt (this feels much easier) and continue to a ledge above which the wall steepens to vertical. Four more bolts along a bolt ladder (some clips are awkward) take you to a bolted belay. P2) Leave the belay and climb feat...[more] Browse More Classics in California
amazing views from the summit!
South Astro Dome East Face. Photo By Jeff Laina.
The Solid Gold Gold Streak. Photo by Blitzo.
South Astro Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 11, 2003
From the ASCA:"Strike It Rich" - All three protection bolts replaced. Note that instead of traversing way left to belay at the top of the first pitch, you can now traverse only about 10' right to get to the bolted belay of a new route to the right. Both pitches can be linked (just barely) with a 60m rope, but severe rope drag is a risk. ASCA 1/02