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Nick rapping off Daff dome

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.


9 Total Routes


['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',4],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['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:
West of the Witch   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Witch of the West   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   
Blown Away   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 5 pitches   
Crescent Arch   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   
Cooke Book   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 80'   
Bearded Clam   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Cooke Book - Daff Dome with alternate starts and belays.

Cooke Book 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : DAFF Dome
A classic 4-5 pitch dihedral with all types of crack climbing but mainly liebacking and finger locks. This is another great route on Daff that gets plenty of summer afternoon sun.Three starting options exist; the original 5.9 dihedral that passes a fun roof to an awkward and physical slot then sweet jams - a great pitch, what appears to be a runout 5.9 face to easy crack pitch with one bolt or a 5.7 crack with steep face to enter it. The first two options lead to the same fixed ancho...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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skillfully crafted cairn on the summit of DAFF dome
skillfully crafted cairn on the summit of DAFF dom...
Bill Price on "Bearded Clam". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bill Price on "Bearded Clam".
Photo by Blitzo.
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...
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
DAFF Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
DAFF Dome.
Photo by Blitzo.
DAFF Dome from Fairview
DAFF Dome from Fairview
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...
climbers on West Crack (right) and Blown Away
climbers on West Crack (right) and Blown Away
Nick on the summit
Nick on the summit
DAFF with clouds; Conness
DAFF with clouds; Conness
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...
Walking off DAFF Dome
Walking off DAFF Dome
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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.