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DAFF and Fairview. Photo by Blitzo.

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D.A.F.F. is an acronym for the Dome Across From Fairview. This area includes a few other established walls and domes near to the dome itself. They all include the same parking area and first few dozen yards of approach trails.

Getting There 

Park on dirt pullouts on the north side of the road where Cathedral Creek goes under highway 120 (I believe it's a tunnel, not a bridge, so it's easy to miss the first time). This is just west of Fairview Dome about half way between Tenaya Lake and the Tuolumne Meadows General Store.

From the side of the road, follow a ducked dirt trail northeast to cross the creek. For Daff Dome and nearby areas, keep going away from the road.

For the River Wall, Dark Side Dome, Hammer Dome and other areas approached downstream along Cathedral Creek, take the first left turn at a trail junction, keeping near the water.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.5 miles from here

68 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',27],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in DAFF Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for DAFF Area:
Guide Cracks 4   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   Daff Dome, South Flank
El Condor   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Daff Dome West Face
Guide Cracks 3   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Daff Dome, South Flank
West of the Witch   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Daff Dome West Face
Guide Cracks 1   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   Daff Dome, South Flank
Guide Cracks 2   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   Daff Dome, South Flank
Alimony Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Daff Dome, South Flank
Witch of the West   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Daff Dome West Face
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Daff Dome West Face
Blown Away   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 5 pitches   Daff Dome West Face
Fingertips   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Sport, 2 pitches   Daff Dome, South Flank
The Great Circle   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 165'   Daff Dome, South Flank
Cooke Book   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Daff Dome West Face
Crescent Arch   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   Daff Dome West Face
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 80'   Daff Dome West Face
Knobulator   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   East Cottage Dome : West Face
Mystery Route (Konvicts do Koalas)    5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   East Cottage Dome : West Face
Knobnoxious   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   East Cottage Dome : West Face
Knobvious   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch   East Cottage Dome : West Face
Orange Plasma   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   East Cottage Dome : West Face
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Featured Route For DAFF Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Cottage Cheese, West Cottage Dome

Cottage Cheese 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : West Cottage Dome
Although rated 5.10a by Don Reid's guide, this nice two pitch crack route on the southwest corner of West Cottage Dome seems harder to us compared to other routes in Tuolumne. Pitch one is a very nice finger crack with some hands and liebacks, sustained 5.10- that ends on a nice ledge. Move the belay left about 20 feet on the ledge and climb the super physical corner/roof with bomber hand jams. The crux is in the first 15 feet followed by a short, easy offwidth and then some 5.7ish hand crack...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The back side of Daff dome.  Number 1 marks south ...
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By yosemitealex
Aug 14, 2016
Lost my Ipod Touch with lots of photos and music at one of the pull offs on the same side as DAFF Dome, would greatly appreciate it if someone found it to let me know thanks !

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