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Daff Dome, South Flank

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
14 Karat S 
Alimony Cracks T 
Alimony Cracks, right T 
Fingertips S 
Great Circle, The T 
Guide Cracks 1 T,TR 
Guide Cracks 2 T,TR 
Guide Cracks 4 T,TR 
Guide Cracks 3 T 
Hogwash S 
Liberation T 
Prespiration T 

Daff Dome, South Flank Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: M. Morley on Sep 28, 2006
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The South Flank of Daff Dome is home to several fun, easy-to-moderate cracks including the 4 short, popular Guide Cracks 3 and the Alimony Cracks. Fingertips (5.10a) is a runout face climb on polished, gold granite that can be top-roped by leading Alimony Cracks.

Getting There 

Park as for Daff Dome (across from Fairview Dome) along Hwy 120, approximately half way between Tenaya Lake and the Tuolumne Meadows General Store.

There is a trail leading up to the South Flank area that heads up a low-angle treed gully. Approach time is about 10 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.3 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Daff Dome, South Flank

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Daff Dome, South Flank:
Guide Cracks 4   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   
Guide Cracks 3   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Alimony Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Guide Cracks 2   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   
Guide Cracks 1   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   
The Great Circle   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 165'   
Fingertips   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Sport, 2 pitches   
Hogwash   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
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The Great Circle 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Daff Dome, South Flank
This route is left of the center of the cliff and starts in a crack on the left side of a polished gold slab.Climb the crack, move up past two bolts (5.9), to a three bolt belay.Climb through polish past two bolts to a two bolt anchor. Rappel 165'....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The South Flank of Daff Dome.
BETA PHOTO: The South Flank of Daff Dome.

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By matt matera
Jul 6, 2015
Approach: from Daff Dome pull out, go down the trail, cross over the stream and then go up hill a little. Then you go right (if you go left at the junction you will be going to daff dorm and western fronts). . Find a trail that hugs the road for about 100 yards (look for cairns). then the trail bears left and goes up a tree filled gully. Approach about 15-20 minutes. The guide book says cross slabs but I never had to do this. This is a well marked trail that is also the descent for Daff Dome.
By Lou Hibbard
From: Eagan, MN
Aug 30, 2017
I lost my compass Aug 25 I believe here either on the approach or at the base of the Guide Cracks.
Please send PM if found.
Thank You

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