The west face of Dark Side Dome is a nice place to find a wide variety of face climbs, mostly on nice feldspar knobs. The north end has plenty of easy face climbs on knobs with lots of bolts including Spaceballs 5.5, Dark Side of the Force 5.7, Pebble Beach 5.9R, and Imperial March 5.10. The south end has more face climbs like Voice of the Crags 5.10, Shot in the Dark 5.10, Batteries Not Included 5.11, Who's the Bosch 5.8.
Dark Side Dome is along Cathedral Creek, about 1 mile downstream from Daff Dome along the approach to Hammer Dome. Park at the lower Daff Dome parking area near the creek. Hike northwest down the short hill to the creek. Cross the creek and follow a very faint trail along the north side of the creek west. You may need bug spray... About 10 minutes past the very obvious River Wall a low angled golden slab that faces southeast is followed up and north to the west face of Dark Side Dome. Approach time is about 30 minutes and very pretty. There is a small lake at the base. This is at GPS 11 S 286220 4195690 NAD 36 CONUS.
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Spaceballs 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
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The Imperial March 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Dark Side Dome
A fun two pitch route with a plethora of bolts at the hard bit. A good route to get ready for Crying Time Again on Lembert.Easy 5th class face climbing up to a right arching corner with great gear. Follow this right and up past more flakes and gear to a short bit of face climbing past two great bolts to an uncomfortable bolted belay ~100 feet of easy 5.8.From the belay, fire up past closely spaced bolts on sustained, steep, small knobs for 50 feet. Move past this up to the right side of a sma...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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