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DaveyTree

Trad climber
Fresno
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 16, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
My buddy Lon and I left Friday 4/12/13 from Fresno with his trailer and headed for Fresno Dome
Little debri
Little debri
Credit: DaveyTree
. Had to make our way around some debri and a few small snow drifts before getting to the C.G.

We set the trailer where ever we wanted because no one else was around. Since we had a late start we went to Willow Creek Wall. Lon hadn't climbed since we had gone to Alabama Hills 6 months prior. We hit 4-5 routes each as a good warm up for our weekend. Back to camp for bbq and drinks. Chris Rocca showed up with his daughter and joined us.

Sat we took the trail to Hawk Dome which starts on the left hairpin turn past Fresno Dome C.G. Cool temps made the approach nice. We went to the ledge and set a TR on the 5.9 below and I led up to set a TR for the routes above so everyone could burns some laps. Hawk is under rated. 3 pitches high, super featured (like a verticle South Pillar), routes 5.7 - .12c, and nice belay areas. There were 2 new fun routes to the left of the .10c route on
New route left of cave
New route left of cave
Credit: DaveyTree
the ledge that comes out of the cave. Props to the FAers, good routes.
.10c coming out of shade cave on ledge
.10c coming out of shade cave on ledge
Credit: DaveyTree

Chris and daughter called it a day and left while Lon and I played some more. A guy and gal showed up and started messing around on a trad line. We introduced ourselves to Grahm and Sarah and invited them to stop in for a beer as we left. Lon and I bailed and tried to drive up to Fresno Dome to check access. We found huge drifts several miles before Fresno Dome parking lot. Back to camp for bbq and beers.

Grahm and Sarah showed and soon after Nick and John (who Sarah knew) joined us. Nick and John left after a great hour of convo but Grahm and Sarah stayed and allowed us to feed them and introduce them to the wonderful fire-water called Fireball. (Grahm / Sarah, Needles! I'm in.)

Sunday Lon and I returned to Hawk Dome and got more awesome routes in and explored the rest of Hawk, the gully between Fresno Dome and the west side of Fresno Dome. Another great day but with a cold wind kicking up, it was back to the trailer for bbq and beer.

We had to stoke the fire quite a bit as the temp dropped below freezing. Great food and a bottle of Honey Whiskey kept us warm until we checked the time, 4:15 a.m.! Crashed hard and slept until almost noon.

Got up and milled around and we started finding obsidian chips. After about an hour or so of looking we scored quite a few chips
Obsidian chips
Obsidian chips
Credit: DaveyTree
left by the Miwok Indians. Found some nice big mushrooms as well but too scared to try them.
Edible?
Edible?
Credit: DaveyTree

Monday we went back to Willow Creek Wall since Grahm and Sarah told us the 2-3 upper wall climbs were better than the main wall. Drove down from our C.G. and turned on 6S10X and parked below the rock (can't miss it, on the left). Worked our way up and right around the wall to the top and moved left to find the rocks. We actually found 10 routes (5 x 5 on two rocks)which most looked to be really new. Great featured
Lon in front of right rock of upper Willow Creek. 5 routes
Lon in front of right rock of upper Willow Creek. 5 routes
Credit: DaveyTree
rocks with a few being mixed but mostly sport. Prob more there and definitely more potential.
Left rock w/5 routes at upper Willow Creek
Left rock w/5 routes at upper Willow Creek
Credit: DaveyTree

After a few hours
Willow Creek Wall from left side
Willow Creek Wall from left side
Credit: DaveyTree
the wind kicked up and we started to shiver and called it a day. Back to camp and back to Fresburg.


JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 16, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Sounds like a nice trip, Dave. Can't wait to see the pics.

John
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Apr 16, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
pics
DaveyTree

Trad climber
Fresno
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2013 - 01:26pm PT
Chris TR on a .10a on Hawk Dome
Chris TR on a .10a on Hawk Dome
Credit: DaveyTree
Cold weather above Willow Creek Wall
Cold weather above Willow Creek Wall
Credit: DaveyTree
.11a on left side of ledge at Hawk Dome
.11a on left side of ledge at Hawk Dome
Credit: DaveyTree
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Home sweet home away from home
Home sweet home away from home
Credit: DaveyTree
Morning toast
Morning toast
Credit: DaveyTree

Sorry for sideways pics. From my phone
this just in

climber
north fork
Apr 16, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Sideway pics are better than no pics. Good to see some chicken heads and enjoyed the TR, Thanks.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Apr 16, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
Mike Arechiga on the route to the left of the cave start route, 5.10a,...
Mike Arechiga on the route to the left of the cave start route, 5.10a, fun new route, Hawk Dome.
Credit: mike a.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Apr 16, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
I don't know about Fresno mushrooms, but those DO NOT look like the kind you might be looking for..
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 16, 2013 - 02:17pm PT
TFPU!

My favorite part is the toaster!

:-)
DaveyTree

Trad climber
Fresno
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
I know. When my buddy set up the toaster I laughed and had to get a pic.

Mike, that is a good one. .10a move at top as well.

The one to its left has a fun key move by that little head wall 3/4 of the way up. Very fun
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Apr 16, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
Yah, here it is, it's a super fun 5.9, love fresno dome!
Yah, here it is, it's a super fun 5.9, love fresno dome!
Credit: mike a.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Apr 16, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
Hawk Dome from the awesome camp site across the street from Fresno Dom...
Hawk Dome from the awesome camp site across the street from Fresno Dome Campgrounds, Doug Robinson hooked me up with this site back in the day.
Credit: mike a.
DaveyTree

Trad climber
Fresno
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Yah. Love that place. Do you know who put all those routes on Hawk? I have 3 topos for most of Hawk but there is new stuff. Also new routes from on top of the cave and to the right in the gully. Mike A.? Anyone?
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Apr 16, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
yah, gerry anderson put up most of them, i put up the one to the far right, right side of the cave,5.8/5.9 and you can tr the thin seam with a little tree in it,5.10d.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Apr 16, 2013 - 07:26pm PT
from my guide book to fresno dome.
from my guide book to fresno dome.
Credit: mike a.
DaveyTree

Trad climber
Fresno
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
I have this Topo as well but without the updates. Is 9 the one that comes out of the cave. I can't figure where the cave is? There are a few in the gully not on this Topo as well.
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Apr 16, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
You can rotate photos here http://pixlr.com/editor/
hairyapeman

Trad climber
Fres-yes
Apr 16, 2013 - 09:11pm PT
I love Fresno Dome! The most fun I have had outside of Yosemite.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Apr 16, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
my routes are # 10 and #11 the cave is by #10, the 2 routes left of the gully are a couple 10+'s they were put up in 2008, they are pretty good routes.
DaveyTree

Trad climber
Fresno
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
I believe there were about 6-7 routes right of shade cave. Some start in the gully. A few new ones on Fresno Dome just rt of the gully. Wish I would have snapped a few pics.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Apr 17, 2013 - 07:23am PT
Morning, i be in oakhurst a bunch in may, if you want to hook up and climb at fresno dome and shuteye, just let me know and i can meet you there, happy climbing mike a.
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