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Elevation: 6,400'
Location: 37.3188, -118.575 View Map  Incorrect?
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Nothing but solitude at Dale's Camp


A serene area that sees little traffic, just a short distance south of Buttermilks Main. Named after Dale Bard and his title campsite, Dale's Camp is a perfect destination when the boulders of Buttermilks Main are crowded with vacationers. Many good problems still have grain issues but will clean up with time, and good solid patina is still easy to find on the boulders that surround the centralized Dale's Dome.

If you've toured the main area well and you're looking for something a little different with a more secluded and vegetated feel, it's definitely worth putting a day into exploring Dale's Camp and the surrounding areas. There's a lot of sweet rock out there.

Getting There 

From Buttermilk Road after 3 miles or so, make a left onto a dirt road after a short straight-away and at the start of a right curve, which is also 200 feet past a first road, also on the left (about .4 miles before 'Buttermilks Main'). Follow the road which becomes bumpy and rocky until you reach a creek crossing after about a half mile. Depending on your vehicle and the flow of the creek, back up and park then hike up the road, or cross the creek and continue for another 1/4 mile to the parking area on the right in the pine trees.

Hike up towards the dome where the boulders will begin to appear. Bouldering can be found 360 degrees around the dome.

Another option is to hike over from the 'Checkerboard Area' which is a nice 10-15 minute walk. If you choose this way you can check out numerous other small bouldering areas along the way. Just locate 'Dale's Dome' in the distance and start walking in that direction, following the faint path.

'Dale's Camp' seen from 'Buttermilks Main'.
'Dale's Camp' seen from 'Buttermilks Main'.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dale's Camp:
Cuban Roll   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 20'   Zeppelin Area : Cuban Roll Boulder
Green Hornet   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   Dale's West : Green Hornet Boulder
The Flake   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Dale's West : Zen Flute Boulder
Xavier's Roof   V11 8A     Boulder, 25'   Hueco Wall Area
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Featured Route For Dale's Camp
Xavier's Roof

Xavier's Roof V11 8A  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Hueco Wall Area
Definitely one of the best problems in Bishop if not anywhere.Sit start on small crimps and climb up into the good flake undercling. Continue onto the lip, make a couple of moves left and right, figure out how to get your foot to face level, and then mantel (or throw) to the big smiley jug. Careful on the top-out.This problem can be more difficult for those who are either really tall or really short. It's probably helpful to be average-height and flexible. There's also a variety of ways to do th...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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'Dale's Camp' (center, left) from the north.
'Dale's Camp' (center, left) from the north.
'Dale's Camp' seen from 'Buttermilks Main'.
'Dale's Camp' seen from 'Buttermilks Main'.

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