Decided to climb Castle Dome on our way home from a climbing trip in Bend, OR. Figured we needed to succeed on something after having to abort our plans in Bend due to an unexpected late season snow storm. Views of Shasta were amazing.
did the 5.9 n. face, plus two 5.8 west face routes. had to give my novice friend a rush by letting her have a turn at rapping off the summit into open air. she got pretty confident and started practicing pendulums. we tied two ropes together in order to get to where you're freehanging away from the face by 20 ft. and feel totally exposed. good test to see if you're wall material!we jugged back up the line, since the ropes obviously don't make it to the ledges.
I climbed this peak with Matthew Holliman after bailing on a nearby technical climb. I chose the class 4 friction over the class 3 stairs on the ascent, and I was wishing that I downclimbed it too as the class 3 downclimb had me quite nervous!
Fun little hike and climb. Consolation prize after being turned away from our planned Mt. Shasta climb, due to poor weather. Lots of cool stuff nearby to go back for another day.
After climbing Cosmic Wall, I felt an urge for more scrambling. So I set off for the Regular Route of Castle Dome. Since I had only a faint idea of where the route goes, it seemed like a great (if short) adventure. Not having the route beta turned out to be good. Instead of a sandy Class 3 gully, I went straight up a 5.4-5.6 crack. Doing it in trailrunners and ropeless gave a necessary adrenalin boost to the system. As I topped out above that crack, I discovered the regular route. Hence, I was spared from a sketchy downclimb :). Surprisingly good climbing!
Fun scrambing in a gorgeous area. I can't wait to come back as a real climber and try some of the technical routes in the area.
I climbed to the base of the dome several times as a child on family hikes and made it to the summit a couple of times in my late teens. It was great to be back after a decade away and to bring my buddy Morgan along on his first time up. He encouraged me to make sure we made it all the way to the top. This was my first experience of being early enough in the Spring to hike through about a half mile section of snow on the way to the base of the dome.
Oh, those were the days. Back in high school, climbing everything in sight without a care or an inch of rope. Up on Castle Dome I learned what exposure truly meant. It never fails to blow the minds of car mates on trips down I-5..."you've been on top of THAT?!" Lots of fun.
Hiked to the base of Castle Dome. Saw no one else on the trail all day. There was a fair amount of snow on the last bit of the trail, and much was melting, so the granite was pretty wet, and care had to be taken coming down. My first visit to this park, but certainly not my last!
This is an awesome scramble with some thrilling exposure and incredible views. I also spent a while playing around on the slabs next to the "stairs"--fun face climbing.
Also tagged it on Feb 11, 2006 as a consolation prize after bailing off Six Toe Rock. Even less than a year later, it seemed much less thrilling than I remembered from that first visit. Funny how time and experience changes perceptions.
fun climb - a fair amount of friction but the downclimb isn't as hard as you'd think on the way up. drove up from san francisco, tagged the dome and drove back - a fun day
This was harder than I thought. Some of the moves on top are very exposed, which proved rather "exciting"
solo. I was racing weather at about 2:30 pm when I summited. Unfortunately Shasta was completly hidden by clouds. It was a fun day hike but my feet were killing me at the end of the day. I suspect this climb will be much easier after I lose about 40 lbs :-)
Never found a summit register, but I was in a hurry to get off the top.
We tried to reach the start of the W. Ridge route but it was kind of rough going for our dog. Settled on doing the regular route.
On the drive back home after having done Shasta the day before I decided to give Castle Dome a try. What a fun climb! Definitely worth it! I'll have to make this a regular stop anytime I'm up there. Think I'll try the "stairs" next time.
Drove down from Corvallis for a day hike. Well worth it, amazing area! Climbed the regular route. Nice climb on super solid granite. Perfect weather and visability. Amazing summit views of Shasta, Lassen, Hubris, and the entire Castle Crags area.
Did a solo climb up this while vacationing in the Mt. Shasta area.
Amazing views of Mt. Shasta! Looking back over my shoulder, my jaw dropped at the sight of Mt. Hubris. Returned in 1996 to climb the Cosmic Wall on Mt. Hubris.
Didn't make it this time as recent snow storm dumped 3-4' of snow in the last few days and we weren't prepared for the conditions. Retreated very close to the top on the trail and went home completely soaked, cold, and a little bloody --- of course, a really great time! :)
Great hike, no one else on the trail, one set of foot prints visibile in snow of someone that day or the day before perhaps. Clouds passing by quickly and views of Shasta for a few seconds here and there if we're patient.
Very quiet and beautiful place up here, the only distraction being Interstate 5 about 2,500' below which is barely audible.
The dome itself was fairly wet and icy and we didn't have any technical gear or desire to climb it to the very top.
Climbed with Ryle. The setting was spectacular, but the rock was not. The route was only 5.8, but there were many loose sections to test one's nerves. The "Potato Chip Flake" (a few pitches up) is going to come off one of these days.