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jsb

Trad climber
Bay area
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2009 - 11:48pm PT
Maybe I can work on getting some photos for this thread this weekend! ... assuming I can find this crazy place. Lots of info on the web about the climbs, but not much info on how to approach them.

Is this the best way when Ellis Road is closed?
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=san+jose,+ca&daddr=38.479798,-120.209999&hl=en&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=13&sll=38.477916,-120.206738&sspn=0.057248,0.11055&ie=UTF8&ll=38.43369,-120.287933&spn=0.229132,0.4422&z=11

Also, anybody know how much of a hike is it to the Calaveras Dome and Hammer dome once you find a good place to park? Thanks in advance.

 justin
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
May 8, 2009 - 12:04am PT


Hammer Dome


Gemini Cracks






rapping off
slobmonster

Trad climber
berkeley, ca
May 8, 2009 - 12:07am PT
jsb: your map looks like it (might?) get you to the TOP of Cal Dome...

try this one:

Link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=san+jose,+ca&daddr=38.244652,-120.739746+to:Tiger+Creek+Rd+to:Salt+Springs+Res+Rd+to:Salt+Springs+Res+Rd&geocode=%3B%3BFQCfSgIdMjHR-A%3BFURJSwIdPBbV-A%3BFb9hSwIdVpPV-A&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=10&via=1,2,3&sll=38.386881,-120.680695&sspn=0.446717,0.997009&ie=UTF8&ll=38.450362,-120.457535&spn=0.446324,0.997009&z=10

Hike to both Hammer Dome and Cal Dome proper is short. Some of the more obscure/smaller crags require a small slog...
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
May 8, 2009 - 12:10am PT
Jsb, That is to the top of Cal Dame and the roads are closed, you want to drop in from 88.
jsb

Trad climber
Bay area
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2009 - 12:13am PT
Ah, that's too bad... driving to the top would be sweet. Can't wait until the roads open! :)

Thanks for the info. We'll try going the tiger creek way. Is it tricky to do this at night?
Salamanizer

Trad climber
Vacaville Ca,
May 8, 2009 - 12:46am PT
jsb...

Don't go Tiger Creek, it's alot of extra driveing and time. Take Panther Creek Rd instead. It's further up HWY88 just after the Ham Station building. Follow Panther Ck until it T's with another road (dirt) and go left. That will take you to the base of Cal Domes.
slobmonster

Trad climber
berkeley, ca
May 8, 2009 - 12:59am PT
try this instead: Panther Crk

Driving Directions
Link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=san+jose,+ca&daddr=CA-26+to:Tiger+Creek+Rd+to:38.536216,-120.354881+to:Salt+Springs+Res+Rd+to:Salt+Springs+Res+Rd&hl=en&geocode=%3BFcScRwIdKmrN-A%3BFQCfSgIdMjHR-A%3B%3BFURJSwIdPBbV-A%3BFb9hSwIdVpPV-A&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=3&sz=13&via=1,2,3,4&sll=38.514728,-120.347672&sspn=0.055741,0.124626&ie=UTF8&ll=38.510833,-120.304756&spn=0.111488,0.249252&z=12
KP Ariza

climber
SCC
May 8, 2009 - 01:09am PT
Dick Richardson and I did the f.a. of Mad World 5.11b r/x in early spring of '85. The route follows the black streak to the right of the wider black streak of Shakin' all over. Ten pitches ground up in a day and a half. Gorgeous face climbing that deserves repeats. Only 1 so far that I know of by Todd Worsfold who led every pitch in '88.
chumbawumba

climber
SF, CA
May 8, 2009 - 03:42am PT
I'm not sure what email address you guys have but this one was good as of May 2007.

William Cottrell - whc@innercite.com
towerofpower

Trad climber
sacramento, ca
May 8, 2009 - 11:34am PT
climbed Hammer Dome yesterday, looked like calaveras dome was kind of wet, and the creek that normally runs into the mokelumne near cal dome was raging. wings and stings was too wet. A lot more water than when I was back there 2 weeks ago.

But Gemini Cracks was fine, and did a pitch of wings+stings and a face climb (3rd over from wings and stings). Not trying to scare you with the water comments. And it was badass when the sherriffs helicopter flew below us up the canyon.
jsb

Trad climber
Bay area
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2009 - 02:16am PT

From the weekend... a re-enactment of a photo we had seen on the web. :)



Gemini Cracks on Hammer Dome.




Wings and Stings P1 on Hammer Dome.


P2.


Another view of P2.


Cal Dome as seen from Hammer Dome.


A climber on P1 of War of the Walls on Sunday morning. We had planned on climbing this, but after a tweaked finger from Saturday we decided to just check out the approach, do some swimming (cold!) and then head back early.


On the way back out, we were lured into taking Ellis Rd because it looked so much better than Panther Creek Rd. After a long while, we ran into some patches of snow and found this poor SUV stranded there all alone. We turned around. :)

Sweet place, indeed. We'll definitely have to do some climbing on Calaveras Dome itself next time. Thanks to everybody for the info.
Salamanizer

Trad climber
Vacaville Ca,
May 12, 2009 - 02:36am PT
I ment to warn you about entering Ellis Rd from the back side. More than one fool has been lured into that trap. It's never passable until late June to early July. Glad you turned around, it's like 10 miles of deep snow from where it starts to where it ends at the gate. If it's more than small patches, you're fukked.

Glad you found the place and had a good time.
TrevorJ

Trad climber
Aberdeen Scotland
May 12, 2009 - 06:20am PT
Climbing did an artile on the place around 2000. There were some great photos and route descritions. I still have it so I could copy it and send it to you.
jsb

Trad climber
Bay area
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2009 - 11:12am PT
That'd be great, Trevor. Can you email a copy to me?

(edit: yeah, posting it here would be even better!)
NotIt

Trad climber
Malaga Cove
May 12, 2009 - 11:14am PT
@ TrevorJ:

Can you scan it and post here?
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 12, 2009 - 01:40pm PT
Nice, Justin. Sorry to hear about the finger injury.
clustiere

Trad climber
berkeley ca
May 12, 2009 - 06:20pm PT
Awesome!!
How would it be to climb here at the end of May?
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
May 12, 2009 - 06:30pm PT
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/california/sierra_foothills/calaveras_dome_area/105876771
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 14, 2009 - 03:10am PT
You don't need to scan the article from Climbing #194, if you just want the text of the feature story. You can read it at:

http://web.archive.org/web/20020808091646/www.climbing.com/Pages/feature_stories/feature194.html
That Darn French Guy

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 29, 2009 - 02:11am PT
Anyone knows if Ellis rd. would be passable by now (may 28)?

Would we be able to tell from the turnoff on the highway if it's clear to the bottom? I remember the other road following the river takes a super long time to drive.

After all, Tuolomne was open last weekend, and it's about the same altitude (6000ft), and there were only few patches of snow in the forest.
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