After coming off Cathedral, we were on our way to the store to buy some beer. But as we were pulling out of the Tuolumne Meadows Campground I was enthralled by a huge crack cutting up the Dome. It was very wide and straight until it takes a huge dogleg to the left. We abandoned the beer and went to the Dome's pullout to have a closer look. I grabbed my climbing shoes (just in case).
I walked up the steep and polished granite to the base of the crack. The last 15 feet were very slippery and required putting on the climbing shoes. From the base, the crack revealed itself to be a deep channel eroded by water run-off. It was about 2-3 feet wide and roughly resembled a giant irregular staircase. After a delicate mantle I was in the bottom of the crack. I wasn't totally committed but it did look easier to continue up than to go back down. So up I went.
The climbing in this crack is very unique. The center of the crack is slick from water run-off, the sides of the crack are much rougher and offer more fricion. I remember only one hold on the entire route - a one-finger pocket which is helpful at the crux. Otherwise I mantled with some useful knee bars and shoulder bars. Very fun climbing.
I arrived at the top of the Dome about 10 minutes before the sun set. It was serene. My partner, who scrambled up the slopes, met me on the summit. We walked off the slopes and got to the Meadows campstore by 9pm. It was already closed but after careful negotiations with the off-duty clerks, we walked out with a 6-pack!
Nice day in TM, Dog Lake, Pothole Dome & Lembert Dome- With snow on all the peaks around and not too many people.
Good views from the top
The Dog dome looks good from here!
Hiked east slope several times when I was really little. All I remember is great view of Cathedral group and Mt. Dana and Gibbs.
My first multi pitch climb in my summer home!!
A perfect mountain for eight year olds. My son Nate's attitude changed completely once we left the trail portion and started scrambling up.
I only had a couple of hours, so this worked out perfectly. I was unsure what to expect from the parking lot because the dome is steep looking and doesn't look like the place to be in a snowstorm. Still, I decided to give it a go and headed up the trail to Dog Lakes. The trail winds around the back side, and only the last hundred feet required some care on the wet rock.
Summit via NW books and a solo straight up the slabs right of water grooves
I went up the west side to the top and down the east side. A nice finish to the day after Cathedral Peak.
Was aiming for the east side route, but I got a little bored of circling around and this seemed like a good option. Quick trip up after getting camp made in TM. Fairly empty, but it was closing on Sunset.
made it up the southeast side just in time for sunset...
Good afternoon climb after driving all morning.
Aesthetic scrambling up easy slabs.
What a zoo.
My cousin Phil and I made the short push. The views are great, of course.
Have done Water Cracks roped solo, Crying Time, Northwest Slabs, Direct Northwest, and the walk-up. Fun place to hang out on top.
Truck 'n' Drive was fun! I climbed around the "leap" section of Lunar Leap after failing at it a few times. Did Cry in Time Again, which was wonderful, and the last pitch of Big Boys Don't Cry on August 23, 1987
My first 5.10c lead--also my first aid climb, 5.10a C1. A fun 5.9 first pitch with some nice short, cruxy finger locks in pin scars; a challenging second pitch with a couple 5.10a moves and an interesting 10c thin fingers crux with no feet. My fingers are on the thick side and pulling my body weight up the vertical section with four finger tips locked into pin pockets didn't go too well. Three falls and I started pulling on cams to aid through. Oh, the shame!
Sprinted up and back off-trail in an hour from the highway. This was the last day and final climb during a 10-day backpacking trip from Leavitt Meadows to Toulumne Meadows.