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Buck's Bar Dome Rock Climbing 

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This traditional section of Cosumnes River Gorge is a shorter version of the larger Gutenberger wall across the way. This area features cracks and face climbs from 20 - 50 feet in length that are almost all traditional routes, with some tougher top rope options available as well. Difficulty ranges from 5.1 -5.12, depending on what you're looking for. You will also find an abundance of chimneys on Bucks Bar Dome, which are all quite fun.

This is a great place to be in a hot afternoon when the areas move into the shade.

All routes can be lowered off or walked off, depending on your preference.

Getting There 

From the path directions for the area, this is the first rock that you come to down the path. As you head down the path you will come across the un-indentifiable top of the dome. You canwalk to the edge here where you will find top anchors and rappel, or you can walk around the far side (about 100 yards) and walk down the path. As the path heads down to the stream in a small gully, you will find the cracks of Buck's Bar Dome to your left.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

39 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',26],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Buck's Bar Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Buck's Bar Dome:
Amazing Chimney   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Dinkum Gulley
The Pod   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Dinkum Gulley
Magic Beans   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 50'   Dinkum Gulley
Unconquerable   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Main Area
Live and Learn   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Great Flake
Chamberlin's Chimney   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Main Area
Squeeze Cheeze   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 30'   Main Area
Test Piece   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Main Area
Drastical   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 30'   Dinkum Gulley
Mangler   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Great Flake
Knob Job   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 30'   Dinkum Gulley
Dinkum   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Dinkum Gulley
Bat Roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Main Area
Triscuit Rock   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 20'   Main Area
Fly or Die   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Main Area
Adhesion   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Main Area
Bat Crack Left   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 40'   Main Area
Bat Roof Direct   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     TR, 35'   Main Area
Fingerprint   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Main Area
Nightmare   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Dinkum Gulley
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Featured Route For Buck's Bar Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Batman Can't Fly. Photo is at the crux, transition...

Batman Can't Fly 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Dinkum Gulley
Walk 20' into the second chimney right of Dinkum and look up. Batman Can't Fly goes up a slightly overhanging crack on your right side to a roof split by a squeeze chimney. After transitioning into the roof (crux) arm lock, work your way out through the roof with solid arm locks until it's wide enough to squeeze through on the far end. It is short, but very fun, and definitely a worthy climb....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By sulli
From: Lake Tahoe, Ca
Feb 12, 2014
For anyone pondering, like I did, whether you can just throw down a pad and boulder these short lines, ... the answer is; not really. These lines, despite being short, are not boulder problems. If you climb here without a rope, these are free solos. The landings are sketchy, a ground fall here will likely result in something broken. And falling from some of the stuff further down into the canyon could result in one literally rolling into the river and being washed away.
Bring a rope and a partner :)
By Rick Fairall
Sep 14, 2016
I was blessed to first climb here in 1978. It was a small community of climbers at that time, before indoor gyms, climbing harnesses or kernmantle ropes. Glad to see that most of the routes that had names at that time have kept them! Dinkum used to be rated a "hard 5.8." I see it's considered 5.9 now. It's a great, well protected route to practice placing protection.

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