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If anyone adds to this before I find the time please add routes, not areas. With the new routes along the bottom it will only confuse things to make Chernobyl Wall it's own area. Thanks!
North Dome will catch the attetion and imagination of any climbers who visit Kings Canyon. Some call it the El Capitan of Kings Canyon, with it's apron along the base and soaring 1,500 foot white cliffs above. The rock is excellent and the routes vary from long grade V free climbs to one pitch slab routes and several grade V aid routes.
The arch shaped apron along the base is where you'll find many slab and crack routes from 1-5 pitches. This area is called the Chernobyl Wall because of what happens when the summer sun bakes the rock during mid-day, so beware!
Highway 180 closes during the winter, but North Dome is climbable anytime the road is open.
It's on the north side of the canyon by Zumwalt Meadow out near road's end. The approach can be up to 45 minutes depending on the route and is best done from the far left or far right side. Towards the center there's a lower cliff band (Sunny Slabs) that blocks the way.
Weather station 15.4 miles from here
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North of Eden 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b CA
: Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP
: ... : North Dome
A sweet natural line up the side of North Dome. Would be way more classic if not for all the mandatory bush climbing. 2 crux pitches, both are really good. Infamous for OW, it aint that bad, but do expect some burly chimneys. Refer to nettle topo. I think he overestimated a lot of pitch lengths. Not a single bolt or fixed piece on the routeP1 - 5.10 200' - we took the crack/groove on the left, right might be easier. After this, climb left of the dirty chimney. Easier climbing...[more] Browse More Classics in CA