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Submitted By: Dave Daly on Nov 28, 2011
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This dome is the hallmark of Courtright and rightly so. Power Dome hosts some bold friction climbs with the occasional solution pocket for psychological comfort. A word of caution: most routes are runout like the routes in Tuolumne! Rest assured, Power Dome claims several classics: 'Welcome To Courtright' (5.10a), 'A Little Nukey' (5.9-), Eve Laeger's route 'Esto Power' (.10d) and 'Consider Me Gone', a sphincter tighting 5.10c....tough for it's grade!

Getting There 

Located in the Helms Canyon, one can spot this dome to the right from Courtright Rd. (upon entering the area).

6 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Power Dome:
A Little Nukey   5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 750'   
Welcome to Courtright   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   
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To find the start of A Little Nukey (5.9), look for the obvious "shield" above you. You should be directly below or slightly right of the shield. The first bolt is a bit high (PG13) but not runout. If your first bolt looks really high, you're probably on an adjacent climb. The start is partway down a slope.

A Little Nukey 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c  CA : Southern Sierra : ... : Power Dome
Pitch 1: (5.8) Follow a line of bolts (8 total) straight up shallow dishes and edges. After the 3rd bolt, the rock becomes more featured but the climbing is just a tad bit steeper. There is a 3 bolt belay (with rap rings) at the end of the pitch (50 meters). NOTE: A fourth bolt is located 2 feet above the belay and should be used for the next pitch opening moves.Pitch 2: (5.9-, 5 bolts) Head directly above the 1st pitch belay anchors. A few move of 5.9 are encountered in between the 2nd and 3rd ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The summit of Power Dome catches the final rays of sunlight.
The summit of Power Dome catches the final rays of...
Power Dome, Courtright Reservoir
Power Dome, Courtright Reservoir
dam as seen from the top of power dome
dam as seen from the top of power dome
Divorce Quartz
BETA PHOTO: Divorce Quartz
On the South Face of Power Dome; this is the starts of Divorce Quartz.  Bolts are in the grey granite, starting in the "tongue" of granite in the center of the photo and staying almost straight up.  Anchors are up past the small tree.  Standard rack of cams useful to augment the bolts
BETA PHOTO: On the South Face of Power Dome; this is...
Power Dome from the top of the dam, Courtright Reservoir
Power Dome from the top of the dam, Courtright Res...
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