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Not in the Platte!  This mystery dome is about twenty miles up the Merced River from Yosemite.  We found it during an epic backpack from Mammoth to Yosemite.  I put a picture here thinking that those who like hiking heavy loads into Lost Creek might be interested in this golden giant. Very sunny, so not a good summer expedition.  Way past Merced Lake, where the plane full of weed crashed in the early 1970s.  Maybe even a mile past Washburn lake. I didn't take good photo notes.  <br>
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Has it has been climbed? There are no journal reports, and I scanned it with binoculars, finding no slings.  In my opinion, it should be rappel descended to avoid a heinous looking gully/bushwack descent.  Also, in my opinion it should be climbed and hand drilled (wilderness rules) by someone else. Please email me when done, or if you need help.
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Ken Trout
Nov 15, 2007
Not in the Platte! This mystery dome is about twenty miles up the Merced River from Yosemite. We found it during an epic backpack from Mammoth to Yosemite. I put a picture here thinking that those who like hiking heavy loads into Lost Creek might be interested in this golden giant. Very sunny, so not a good summer expedition. Way past Merced Lake, where the plane full of weed crashed in the early 1970s. Maybe even a mile past Washburn lake. I didn't take good photo notes.

Has it has been climbed? There are no journal reports, and I scanned it with binoculars, finding no slings. In my opinion, it should be rappel descended to avoid a heinous looking gully/bushwack descent. Also, in my opinion it should be climbed and hand drilled (wilderness rules) by someone else. Please email me when done, or if you need help.  
Mike Womack
Los Angeles, CA
Mike Womack   Los Angeles, CA
Very late reply - I do lots of backpacking and see stuff like this all the time. I'm always very interested as to if it's been climbed before. To add onto the potential, the merced river south of merced lake by a mile and upstream 2/3 to vogelsang pass is FILLED with potential. There are maybe 25-30 cliffs or domes like this one shown ranging from 300 - 1500 feet tall. Most of them look similar to this with plenty of features and cracks while still looking very clean. To be honest, not much bushwacking as you think is required. I've even seen a steep cave with a few lines coming out of it with these wildly dramatic zebra stripe streaks going through it. Now, it's just a matter of carrying camping and FA gear 15 miles deep into the park with high hopes. Jul 26, 2017
That left facing dihedral right in the middle of the sunny bit looks nice... Too bad we can't see it from the other angle, who knows what size crack it holds? Perfect fingers? Bottomed out seam? Heinous offwidth? Lets bushwack through the poison oak and find out! :)

Also, you did mean upstream, right? So you were backpacking on the JMT when you saw this? Oct 7, 2008

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