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Domelands Rock Climbing 

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Location: 35.9317, -118.23193 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Emma Palethorpe on Apr 14, 2016


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So... it looks like there are some Domelands routes appearing in the list for Kern river area. Maybe it is time for a Domelands page. Maybe they could be moved here & I or some one can then edit this page? Or not, whatever...

The obvious theme here is remote domes. Ingress involves seasonal closure/gates, many miles of dirt road or hike, and then more hiking. Once you are in and way past other hikers, horses, & signs of human habitation it will be apparent that you are on your own. Unless in recent years it got busy ;) Oh and I guess signal transmitting devices are an option if you're into that!

Other themes are seasonal limited water supply and mega supply of wildfire fuel. However I think it burned partly, recently. Cute bears too.

There are a couple of spots along Sherman pass road where you can see into the Domelands and 1 spot near Kennedy Meadows, and from from the air (helps to know where to look from the flight path). Interesting terrain leads to the relative isolation; see map. Not quite up to an accurate geologial description...

Granite climbing with vintage bolts & really fun dikes here and there on the really good routes, crumbly stuff on the less popular (!) rocks.

Getting There 

There is a guidebook for this area as noted by others. Also use the USGS 7.5's for the area and the "offical" wilderness area map. I know of 3 ways to access; Chimney Peak Rd, hike from Kennedy Meadows, and Cherry Hill Rd (I think? It's late... I will check on that). Oh and possibly from Black Rock look out area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 16.2 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Domelands

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Domelands:
Liquid Jesus   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Church Domes : Rock of Ages
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Liquid Jesus 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  California : Southern Sierra : ... : Rock of Ages
If a sport climb can be classic, this one surely is. A HUGE reach down low leads to continuous vertical edge pulling to the anchors. Great route, well bolted, and most of all, tremendously fun....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
May 30, 2016
Emma...perhaps you should read this, as your coverage of Domelands is sketchy at best. The remote domes and limited water themes are clever, but I wouldn't even dignify it by calling it a description.

Rock Climbing Photo: Vernon & Moser 1992
Vernon & Moser 1992
By Emma Palethorpe
From: Bishop, CA
Jun 29, 2016
Hi Benjamin,

Yes I wouldn't argue that... sketchy is generous I suppose. It was more of an organizational notion as I was browsing for something. It could be re-done by a more inspiring/knowledgeable writer or... maybe a domelands area page is not really needed

Cheers, Emma

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