Elevation: 7,337 ft
GPS: 37.454, -119.536 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Blitzo on Aug 24, 2010 with improvements by Robert Hall
Admins: M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Fresno Dome was known by the Mono Indians as "the greeting place" ("wah-me-yelo"). John Muir called it "Wamello", now mostly known as Fresno Dome which it is called on the USGS topo map.. Royal Robbins used this area as one of his locations for his Rockcraft School back in the 1970s and pioneered many routes. Most climbs range from 3 to 5 pitches in length. Some my be considered run out by today's standards. A number of shorter sport routes can be found on Zippity-Do-Dah Buttress and Panorama Wall. Willow Creek Wall has a number of bolted slab routes, up to about 100 feet long. The Main Wall, South Face, West Face and Hawk Dome offer multi pitch routes.
The rock is quality Sierra granite, ranging from smooth slab to steep features and chicken heads. Several cracks are also found.
The 7,000 ft. elevation keeps this area fairly cool in summer. Summer and Fall are generally the best time to climb here.

Climbers have been climbing and guiding here for decades and there are still no crowds. I seriously doubt that a guide book or this post will increase impact, besides wouldn't you rather go to Yosemite?

The dome sits high in the hills overlooking Oakhurst and is easily seen from town.

The town itself is small, but has everything that you would need. There is a Vons and Raleys for food and beer. Rite Aid for cheaper beer. The Dirty Donkey Bar, motels, gas stations, fast food joints and restaurants, my personal favorite being Oka Sushi House. You may also want to try Crab Cakes, Todd's Cookhouse Bar-B-Que, Ol' Kettle Restaurant and Di Cicco's Italian. There's a couple Chinese restaurants. El Cid has okay Mexican food and they serve lengua. Unfortunately one of my all time favorite burger joints, Bigfoot Burgers closed years ago. You can even get tattoos.

The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino is a 15-20 minute drive south of town, just south of the Town of Course Gold. The casino offers drinking, gambling, music, restaurants, a big buffet and a hotel ($109-$159 per night).

Getting There

From the town of Oakhurst drive north on Highway 41. About 1/2 mile after you pass the Bass Lake turnoff, turn right on Sky Ranch Road (road 632). Follow this (lots of pot holes, some dirt) for approximately 16 miles (past Fresno Dome campground) until you see the large Fresno Dome trailhead parking sign on your right.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Fresno Dome (Wamello) Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 17
Whiskey Bill
Trad 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 23
South Pillar
Trad 4 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 3
ESX
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Guides in a Snowbank
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 6
Welcome To Fresno Dome
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Split Personality
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Poking Papa Bear
Trad 6 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 5
Second Thoughts
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Zsofie's Route
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
Chicken Fried Daddy
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Unnamed 10b/c
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 7
OB/GYN
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Left Wing
Sport, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Aurora
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
2HP
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Whiskey Bill Fresno Dome > e. "South" Face
 17
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad 5 pitches
South Pillar Fresno Dome > e. "South" Face
 23
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
ESX Fresno Dome > e. "South" Face
 3
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Guides in a Snowbank Fresno Dome > c. Main Wall
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 4 pitches
Welcome To Fresno Dome Fresno Dome > b. Zippity-Do-Dah But…
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Sport
Split Personality Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Poking Papa Bear Fresno Dome > e. "South" Face
 5
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Second Thoughts Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Lower Hawk Dome
 5
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Zsofie's Route Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Chicken Fried Daddy Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 5
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Unnamed 10b/c Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 3
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
OB/GYN Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 7
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Left Wing Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Lower Hawk Dome
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Aurora Fresno Dome > b. Zippity-Do-Dah But…
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
2HP Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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