White Punks on Dope
Avg: 3.7 from 146 votes
|Type:||Trad, 6 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Burrell, Leversee, E.C.Joe, Edmiaston (1976)|
|Page Views:||35,516 total, 258/month|
|Shared By:||Matthew Fienup on Jul 24, 2006|
|Admins:||Matthew Fienup, Muscrat, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionConsidered by many to be the best moderate route in Southern California. Six incredible, wildly diverse pitches make this a Sierra Classic.
Pitch 1 (5.7+)
A beautiful, knobby crack slowly tapers before leading to a belay in a comfortable alcove. Stretch a 60m rope to reach the alcove. Climbers with a 50m rope will need to establish a belay from gear before the crack tapers to nothing.
Pitch 2 (5.8+)
Leaving the alcove is the clear crux of the pitch. Climb delicate face holds out the north (left-hand) wall of the alcove. Climb a slab alongside a thin crack and establish a belay in a cave-like alcove above.
Pitch 3 (5.7)
Exit right and enter a large chasm. Walk along the chasm to the far end. Chimney up and then scramble to a spacious ledge beneath the famous dihedral.
Pitch 4 (5.8/5.9)
One of the most memorable pitches you'll ever do. Lieback a wave-like left-facing dihedral. A finger size crack in the corner takes many small nuts, cams, & TCUs. Just as the difficulty eases, the crack widens into a gaping offwidth--place a 4-5" piece before setting off on the runout. Continue liebacking sans protection to a small belay ledge. Save some small gear for the belay. DO NOT be seduced out left of the offwidth onto face holds.
Pitch 5 (5.8)
Runout, diagonaling slab climbing past 4 bolts leads to a ledge with an aging pine tree (stump?!). The runouts are not horrendous.
Pitch 6 (5.8)
Step 15-20 feet left of the tree/stump and climb a beautiful splitter to the top.
LocationWide Punks on Dope is located in a large recess on the South/Southwest side of the dome. The recess is created by a massive detached block on the right-hand side which abuts the dome. The approach from Needlerock Creek takes 45-90 minutes depending on your experience with the trail.
To descend from White Punks, walk north along the crest of the dome. Find the spot where the main east-west ridgeline nearly meets the top of Voodoo dome. Look for slings around a constriction and make a short rappel to the ground. Walk east or west (I like east) and then south around the dome.
Also, see Voodoo Dome main page.