Daff Dome West Face Rock Climbing
Nick rapping off Daff dome
Home of the classic West Crack and other routes.
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).
Weather station 10.3 miles from here
14 Total Climbing Routes
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El Condor 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
R Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Blown Away 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
PG13 Trad, 5 pitches
Cooke Book 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
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Cooke Book 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a CA
: Yosemite National Park
: ... : Daff Dome West Face
A classic 4-5 pitch dihedral with all types of crack climbing but mainly liebacking and finger locks. This is another great route on Daff that gets plenty of summer afternoon sun.Three starting options exist; the original 5.9 dihedral that passes a fun roof to an awkward and physical slot then sweet jams - a great pitch, what appears to be a runout 5.9 face to easy crack pitch with one bolt or a 5.7 crack with steep face to enter it. The first two options lead to the same fixed ancho...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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By Anthony Anagnostou
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.
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.