Armaj Das is a good moderate 2-pitch route located near the center of the Pine Cone Dome. It is just to the right of Stone Age, another good moderate. Of the two climbs, Armaj Das is the best.
Armaj Das (5.5), Pine Cone Dome
Approach / Location
Armaj Das climbs the face to the right of Stone Age and generally parralels it to the top, climbing the right side of the large flake above. Ends at the same large ledge with the rap tree. The start is somewhat confusing, we took the line shown in the picture.
Route DescriptionPitch 1:
There are a couple of options at the start. We climbed the slab immediately right of the deep crack. Work through a number of flakes aiming for the base of the large flake above. There an old pin on the route, and the climbing was fairly easy. We belayed at the base of the large flake (good anchor placements).
Short pitch that my brother led on a single stopper placement. climb up around the right side of the flake. After a couple fun layback moves you're at the large ledge with the tree. Rap back to the ground with two ropes. You could also continue up to the top of Stone Age, but if you've done it once, rap and climb something more fun.
Photos from Along the Route:
|Erik Under P1 |
|Cleaning Pitch 1
Views from the Dome:
|East Towards Turret Dome |
|Across the South Platte
Rappel from the anchors at the top of the second pitch. We had two 60m ropes and had no problem making it to the ground. I'm not sure if a single 60m would get you to the ground or into trouble.
Standard rack with cams to a #3 Camalot.
Mountainproject.com: Armaj Das (5.5)
Google Maps Location: Pine Cone Dome