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South Astro Dome  Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 34.0382, -116.1469 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Joe Collins on Jun 26, 2002

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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).

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Astro Dome :
Hex Marks the Poot   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   South Astro Dome - East Fac...
Breakfast of Champions   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   South Astro Dome - Northeas...
My Laundry   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Solid Gold   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   South Astro Dome - Northeas...
If You Really Loved Me, You'd Buy Me A Turkey   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   South Astro Dome - East Fac...
Piggle Pugg   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Such a Savage   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Middle Age Crisis   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Middle Age Crazy   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 190'   South Astro Dome - Northeas...
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Solid Gold 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
What a great route! This classic route takes a magnificent line up the northeast face of the South Astro Dome in two great pitches. Well worth the thirty minute walk and potential wait if others are already on it. Be advised that this wall can be extremely cold in the winter months.P1) Climb the steep gold streak past 6 bolts and many sharp edges to a belay on a ledge above (5.10a). Set your own anchor, or move slightly right to use the belay bolts on Shooting Star. P2) From the be...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: amazing views from the summit!
amazing views from the summit!
Rock Climbing Photo: South Astro Dome
South Astro Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: South Astro Dome East Face. Photo By Jeff Laina.
South Astro Dome East Face. Photo By Jeff Laina.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Solid Gold Gold Streak. Photo by Blitzo.
The Solid Gold Gold Streak. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: South Astro Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
South Astro Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: South Astro Dome
South Astro Dome

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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