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Bart Dome is one of the most awesome pieces of granite in the Southern Sierras. It is about 800 feet high, and covered with dikes, water grooves, and some of the most climbable rock anywhere. The rock is very featured, off vertical in most cases, and all the routes are 5.8 to 5.10 with few exceptions. The fews are awesome too, and Bart Dome is guarded with about a 7 mile approach, so I would imagine the formation see few visitors. It is south facing and can get quite warm, but often there is a breeze which can help out. There is a small stream for water about 1/4 mile before the dome, but it can be dry, especially in late season. Water can be had at the north end of Manter Meadow , especially in early season. Bring a water filter. There are 16 routes listed on Bart Dome in the Domelands guidebook, and probably a few more done since then.
From Big Meadow Trailhead off of Cherry Hill Rd., hike east about 3 miles to Manter Meadow. Hike north up Manter Meadow for a few miles until the trail splits; left (34E08)to Woodpecker Meadow and right (34E10) into Tibbets Creek and Rockhouse Basin. Soon you can see Bart Dome down and to the right.
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The Vernacular 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a CA : The Needles / Kern River : Bart Dome
This climb starts up 200 feet , at the left end of the huge roof on the left side of Bart Dome. You can either start on Under the Rainbow (5.8) or Leona (5.10b) to get to the start. The climb goes more or less us incipient cracks face climbing to the top. The first 2 pitches are the steep one, and after that it goes up easy water grooves to the top. I would imagine many parties do two pitches (5.10a, 5.8), and then rap the route....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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