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ragman and rodman
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PostWed Mar 11, 2020 3:11 pm 
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My favorite area in Joshua Tree National Park is the "Wonderland of Rocks".  Over the last 5 years I've done more than 20 hike/scrambles in the wonderland and this one is by far my favorite so far.

My photo descriptions tell the story from beginning to end.

Photos and trailhead directions for our trip to the Astro Dome.

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"Teanaway 70" Peaks List... a guide to hiking and scrambling in the Teanaway Area.
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PostWed Mar 11, 2020 4:46 pm 
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Great TR and photos!
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PostThu Mar 12, 2020 11:46 am 
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Always in admiration and envy of technical climbers who tackled the impressive walls of the Astro Dome, I never pictured my self on its summit.
Two climbers who had just reached the flat summit area were startled to be greeted by seniors without climbing gear.  biggrin.gif
After climbing there for years, they had never heard of a back door scramble route.
Thanks to Ragman we discovered yet another Joshua Tree Gem.  up.gif

Time for a break
Time for a break
Pretty oasis and catwalk below summit
Pretty oasis and catwalk below summit
High consequence catwalk, steep drop to the left and all the way drop off the Astro Dome to the right. Photo, courtesy of Ragman
High consequence catwalk, steep drop to the left and all the way drop off the Astro Dome to the right. Photo, courtesy of Ragman
Happy summiteers.
Happy summiteers.
Astro Dome summit birdbath
Astro Dome summit birdbath
Walking the slabs after leaving the summit
Walking the slabs after leaving the summit
Fun rock work
Fun rock work
Return to easier terrain
Return to easier terrain
Back on solid ground
Back on solid ground
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PostThu Mar 12, 2020 2:10 pm 
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That looks really fun. Ragman has published a bunch of great Joshua Tree reports but I filed this one away in case I ever find myself in the neighborhood.

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PostThu Mar 12, 2020 2:20 pm 
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Ragman the backdoor man. That has a nice ring to it. Looks like fun.
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