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Daff Dome, Main Area

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Daff Dome, Main Area  


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Description 

DAFF is the Dome Across From Fairview!

Getting There 

The approaches are fairly obvious.
To get to the West Crack area, park at Cathedral Creek. Cross the creek and follow a path north east.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.3 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',5],['5.10',3],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Daff Dome, Main Area:
West of the Witch   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Witch of the West   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   
Blown Away   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 5 pitches   
Crescent Arch   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   
Cooke Book   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 80'   
Bearded Clam   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For Daff Dome, Main Area
"Crescent Arch". <br />Photo by Blitzo.

Crescent Arch 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Daff Dome, Main Area
This route follows the obvious right-curving corner which lies in the center of the West Face.P1: easy 5th to a big ledge below a bulge that pulls into a short squeeze chimney. Belay at the ledge, not at the fixed pins 12 feet up recommended by supertopo.P2: go up the squeeze at .7, clip the pins with a long runner, traverse out the roof into the slick corner. Awkward fingers and hip scumming up, then out another roof. 100', lots of sustained .9.P3: off the ledge with the ha...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Daff Dome, Main Area Slideshow Add Photo
skillfully crafted cairn on the summit of DAFF dome
skillfully crafted cairn on the summit of DAFF dom...
DAFF as seen from the top of Lamb Dome.  Crescent Arch is the obvious right facing corner.
BETA PHOTO: DAFF as seen from the top of Lamb Dome. Crescent ...
On top of Daff dome
On top of Daff dome
Greg adds to the cairn collection on the summit of Daff, with Fairview in the background.
Greg adds to the cairn collection on the summit of...
Bill Price on "Bearded Clam". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bill Price on "Bearded Clam". Photo by B...
Walking off DAFF Dome
Walking off DAFF Dome
DAFF with clouds; Conness
DAFF with clouds; Conness
DAFF Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
DAFF Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Nick on the summit
Nick on the summit
DAFF Dome from Fairview
DAFF Dome from Fairview
Daff Dome walk-off topo, for those who either want to top it out by the easiest path (bring your mom!), or are unsure about the way off.
BETA PHOTO: Daff Dome walk-off topo, for those who either want...
climbers on West Crack (right) and Blown Away
climbers on West Crack (right) and Blown Away
Daff Dome summit map, explaining just where to find the rap, or the walk-off.
BETA PHOTO: Daff Dome summit map, explaining just where to fin...
Tree marking the first rap off DAFF dome.
Tree marking the first rap off DAFF dome.
Daff rappel beta, and a quick way to get between the base of the daff walkoff and the south flank.
BETA PHOTO: Daff rappel beta, and a quick way to get between t...
Ed Barry flashing Cowabunga (5.12b), Tuolumne Meadows. Photo by Chris Falkenstein.
Ed Barry flashing Cowabunga (5.12b), Tuolumne Mead...

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By Anthony Anagnostou
From: nyc
Jul 29, 2008
It might bear mentioning that I find the new falcon guide misleading about where the daff rap is. it mentions a rap starting from the tree in the 'north' corner. as far as i can tell, the tree and boulder with bolts in it is found at the E (or SE?) corner of the dome. walk towards lembert dome (or the meadows) from the summit.

the rap goes as two short single rope rappels. a 50m rope will easily suffice.

(there *are* trees in the north corner, but i dont see any anchors and it looks like a committing rap into 4th class or steep ugliness.)

the rap is definitely the way to go if the rock is wet, as the spicy walkoff's path of least resistance generally follows a water run.
By -robin-
Mar 21, 2014
Do the walk off folks, its 3rd class the whole way. No getting lost, not finding the anchors, waiting to rappel from a perfectly good walk-off.. None of that nonsense, just walk toward fairview and wander down the path of least resistance(to the right). The walk off is only wet if there is snow on the summit or it is raining, so very seldom. It is really the best way off because it will bring you back to the base of the west face(halfway down), or directly to the approach trail to the south flank(all the way down). Some people have been scared off by the description in the supertopo, please ignore the scary description,the walk-off is so reasonable guides have been bringing clients down it for years.