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Daff Dome West Face

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Bearded Clam T 
Blown Away T 
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch) T 
Chvchichaschtli S 
Cooke Book T 
Crescent Arch T 
El Condor T 
Grey Ghost T 
Plagiarism T 
R.C.A. T 
R.C.A. (1st pitch) T 
West Crack T 
West of the Witch S 
Witch of the West S 

Daff Dome West Face Rock Climbing 


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Location: 37.8802, -119.41392 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Home of the classic West Crack and other routes.

Getting There 

To get to the West Crack area, park at Cathedral Creek. Follow a well established climbers' trail across the creek and northeast.

For routes that top out, do the 3rd class walk off. No getting lost, not finding the anchors, waiting to rappel from a perfectly good walk-off. Walk towards Fairview and wander down the path of least resistance (to the south/right). The walk off is only wet if there is snow on the summit or it is raining, so very seldom. It will bring you back to the base of the west face (halfway down), or directly to the approach trail to the south flank (all the way down).

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.3 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',4],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Daff Dome West Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Daff Dome West Face:
El Condor   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
West of the Witch   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Witch of the West   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   
Blown Away   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 5 pitches   
Crescent Arch   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   
Cooke Book   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 80'   
Bearded Clam   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: skillfully crafted cairn on the summit of DAFF dom...
skillfully crafted cairn on the summit of DAFF dom...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bill Price on "Bearded Clam". Photo by B...
Bill Price on "Bearded Clam". Photo by B...
Rock Climbing Photo: DAFF Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
DAFF Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: DAFF as seen from the top of Lamb Dome.  Crescent ...
BETA PHOTO: DAFF as seen from the top of Lamb Dome. Crescent ...
Rock Climbing Photo: On top of Daff dome
On top of Daff dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg adds to the cairn collection on the summit of...
Greg adds to the cairn collection on the summit of...
Rock Climbing Photo: DAFF Dome from Fairview
DAFF Dome from Fairview
Rock Climbing Photo: Daff rappel beta, and a quick way to get between t...
BETA PHOTO: Daff rappel beta, and a quick way to get between t...
Rock Climbing Photo: climbers on West Crack (right) and Blown Away
climbers on West Crack (right) and Blown Away
Rock Climbing Photo: Nick on the summit
Nick on the summit
Rock Climbing Photo: DAFF with clouds; Conness
DAFF with clouds; Conness
Rock Climbing Photo: Daff Dome walk-off topo, for those who either want...
BETA PHOTO: Daff Dome walk-off topo, for those who either want...
Rock Climbing Photo: Walking off DAFF Dome
Walking off DAFF Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Daff Dome summit map, explaining just where to fin...
BETA PHOTO: Daff Dome summit map, explaining just where to fin...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ed Barry flashing Cowabunga (5.12b), Tuolumne Mead...
Ed Barry flashing Cowabunga (5.12b), Tuolumne Mead...

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By Anthony Anagnostou
From: nyc
Jul 29, 2008
It might bear mentioning that I find the new falcon guide misleading about where the daff rap is. it mentions a rap starting from the tree in the 'north' corner. as far as i can tell, the tree and boulder with bolts in it is found at the E (or SE?) corner of the dome. walk towards lembert dome (or the meadows) from the summit.

the rap goes as two short single rope rappels. a 50m rope will easily suffice.

(there *are* trees in the north corner, but i dont see any anchors and it looks like a committing rap into 4th class or steep ugliness.)

the rap is definitely the way to go if the rock is wet, as the spicy walkoff's path of least resistance generally follows a water run.
By -robin-
Mar 21, 2014
Do the walk off folks, its 3rd class the whole way. No getting lost, not finding the anchors, waiting to rappel from a perfectly good walk-off.. None of that nonsense, just walk toward fairview and wander down the path of least resistance(to the right). The walk off is only wet if there is snow on the summit or it is raining, so very seldom. It is really the best way off because it will bring you back to the base of the west face(halfway down), or directly to the approach trail to the south flank(all the way down). Some people have been scared off by the description in the supertopo, please ignore the scary description,the walk-off is so reasonable guides have been bringing clients down it for years.

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