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Routes in West Face

Comfortably Numb T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Disintegration S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Flintstone S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Knobnoxious S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Knobulator T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Knobvious T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Life in the Cretaceous S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Linda's Sandbag TR 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Liposuction S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Mystery Route (Konvicts do Koalas) S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Old Folks Boogie S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Orange Plasma S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Unknown A S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
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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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 21
Life in the Cretaceous
Sport, Alpine
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 17
Flintstone
Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 16
Comfortably Numb
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 39
Knobulator
Trad, Alpine
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 14
Mystery Route (Konvicts do Koalas)
Sport, Alpine
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 36
Knobnoxious
Sport, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 26
Knobvious
Trad, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 15
Disintegration
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 41
Orange Plasma
Sport, Alpine
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 7
Liposuction
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Life in the Cretaceous
 21
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Flintstone
 17
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Comfortably Numb
 16
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Knobulator
 39
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Mystery Route (Konvicts do…
 14
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
Knobnoxious
 36
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Sport, Alpine
Knobvious
 26
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Alpine
Disintegration
 15
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
Orange Plasma
 41
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Liposuction
 7
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
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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 Sep 4, 2014
Robert Shortt
San Francisco, CA
Robert Shortt   San Francisco, CA
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. Sep 16, 2014
King Tut
Citrus Heights
King Tut   Citrus Heights
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/or Morris/Burke 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. May 18, 2016

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