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Comfortably Numb T 
Disintegration S 
Flintstone S 
Knobnoxious S 
Knobulator T 
Knobvious T 
Life in the Cretaceous S 
Linda's Sandbag TR 
Liposuction S 
Mystery Route (Konvicts do Koalas)  S 
Old Folks Boogie S 
Orange Plasma S 

West Face Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: Blitzo on Sep 28, 2006
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Climbing on East Cottage Dome. Photo by Blitzo.

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Description 

East Cottage Dome, also known as Erratic Dome offers beautiful steep knob climbing.
"Knobulator", "Knobnoxious" and "Comfortably Numb" are a few of the classics found here.

Getting There 

Follow the trail from the parking lot up to some early granite. Find trail ducks that lead you into the 2nd section of trees til you are at the base of the dome where you will see slabs leading to the summit. Don't hike the summit. Instead follow the base 'til the left of the dome on the ground until you see Peanut gallery which is a black wall with a few bolts. Then scramble up a class 2 to 3 to find the main climbs. The Topo guide doesn't explain this part about where to walk.

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.7 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',9],['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 West Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Face:
Flintstone   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
Comfortably Numb   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Knobulator   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Mystery Route (Konvicts do Koalas)    5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Knobnoxious   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Knobvious   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch   
Orange Plasma   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Liposuction   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
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Knobnoxious 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : West Face
Bolts guide you up an undulating face with interesting moves (not just knob pulling) to the dike. Somewhat run-out 5.9 climbing past some suspicious crystals takes you to the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Super sweet climb!
Super sweet climb!
Rock Climbing Photo: Logan finds his way as the sun peaks over the wall...
Logan finds his way as the sun peaks over the wall...

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By Gabe Huie
Sep 4, 2014
To get here basically follow the trail from the parking lot up to some early granite. Find trail ducks that lead you into the 2nd section of trees til you are at the base of the dome where you will see slabs leading to the summit. Don't hike the summit. Instead follow the base til the left of the dome on the ground until you see Peanut gallery which is a black wall with a few bolts. Then scramble up a class 2/3 to find the main climbs. the TOPO guide doesn't explain this part about where to walk
By Crimpanzee
From: San Francisco, California
Sep 16, 2014
I highly recommend hiking to the top of this dome (I'm not sure if any of the climbs top out) just to check out the view. 2nd/3rd at most.
By King Tut
May 18, 2016
The best parking for this area is in a pullout on the North side of the road right before you come over the last hill and turn to get your first view of the Meadows and Pothole Dome. This saves you quite a bit of uphill trudge.

Heading NNW from the parking area you come to a saddle between the backside of DAFF and the Cottage domes and the West Face and the routes come into view.

The First known route on the West Face (to my knowledge) was Skeletal Remains (5.10 by Cantwell and Morris iirc) a beautiful rising girdle traverse on a fantastic dyke that cuts across the face. Bachar in a fit of idiocy chopped the route after free soloing it because he assumed bolts were placed on rappel rather than hooks is how I think the sordid tale goes. :)

All of the remaining routes had bolts placed from hooks or other aid, some rap-bolted etc to create one of Tuolumne's best moderate sport crags.

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