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Dale's Camp Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,400'
Location: 37.32093, -118.57408 View Map  Incorrect?
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'Dale's Camp' (center, left) from the north.


A serene area that sees little traffic, just a short distance south of Buttermilks Main. Named after Dale Bard and his title campsite, Dale's Camp is a perfect destination when the boulders of Buttermilks Main are crowded with vacationers. Many good problems still have grain issues but will clean up with time, and good solid patina is still easy to find on the boulders that surround the centralized Dale's Dome.

If you've toured the main area well and you're looking for something a little different with a more secluded and vegetated feel, it's definitely worth putting a day into exploring Dale's Camp and the surrounding areas. There's a lot of sweet rock out there.

Getting There 

From Buttermilk Road after 3 miles or so, make a left onto a dirt road after a short straight-away and at the start of a right curve, which is also 200 feet past a first road, also on the left (about .4 miles before 'Buttermilks Main'). Follow the road which becomes bumpy and rocky until you reach a creek crossing after about a half mile. Depending on your vehicle and the flow of the creek, back up and park then hike up the road, or cross the creek and continue for another 1/4 mile to the parking area on the right in the pine trees.

Hike up towards the dome where the boulders will begin to appear. Bouldering can be found 360 degrees around the dome.

Another option is to hike over from the 'Checkerboard Area' which is a nice 10-15 minute walk. If you choose this way you can check out numerous other small bouldering areas along the way. Just locate 'Dale's Dome' in the distance and start walking in that direction, following the faint path.

Rock Climbing Photo: 'Dale's Camp' seen from 'Buttermilks Main'.
'Dale's Camp' seen from 'Buttermilks Main'.

Climbing Season

For the Buttermilk Country area.

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Dale's Camp

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dale's Camp:
Cuban Roll   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 20'   Zeppelin Area : Cuban Roll Boulder
Green Hornet   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   Dale's West : Green Hornet Boulder
The Flake   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Dale's West : Zen Flute Boulder
Xavier's Roof   V8- 7B     Boulder, 25'   Hueco Wall Area : Xav's Roof Boulder
Zen Flute   V10 7C+     Boulder, 13'   Dale's West : Zen Flute Boulder
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Featured Route For Dale's Camp
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew Thomas on 'Zen Flute' v10, Dale's Camp

Zen Flute V10 7C+  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Zen Flute Boulder
A difficult line with an inviting opening sequence and a sizable dyno finish. Start on the obvious shallow right-facing flake. Work up to small crimps in the horizontal seam and make an all-out leap of faith to a jug on the lip (crux). ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: 'Dale's Camp' seen from 'Buttermilks Main'.
'Dale's Camp' seen from 'Buttermilks Main'.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nothing but solitude at Dale's Camp
Nothing but solitude at Dale's Camp

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