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 · Updates
Admins: Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen

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
 20
Whiskey Bill
Trad 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 29
South Pillar
Trad 4 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 3
ESX
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Guides in a Snowbank
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 6
Welcome To Fresno Dome
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Unknown
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Split Personality
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Poking Papa Bear
Trad 6 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Chicken Fried Daddy
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Kung Fu Down Under
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Unknown
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Unnamed 10b/c
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
OB/GYN
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
You aren't bragging if you can't…
Sport 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Aye Corona!
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Whiskey Bill Fresno Dome > e. "South" Face
 20
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad 5 pitches
South Pillar Fresno Dome > e. "South" Face
 29
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
 11
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
Unknown Upper Willow Creek Wa…
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Split Personality Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Poking Papa Bear Fresno Dome > e. "South" Face
 7
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Chicken Fried Daddy Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 6
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Kung Fu Down Under Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Unknown Upper Willow Creek Wa…
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
You aren't bragging if you… Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 3 pitches
Aye Corona! Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
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