Salimazer cool glad to hear its geting done it is a fun route and when we did it was a lichen fest and very much in need of more cleaning. We cleaned it as we rapped but all in all it needed at least a couple of more trips with the wire brush.
Ron 426, and Fox and I are all good friends thats [erhaps where Fox got the fever to clean and send that route. I was just called upon one day for an adventure.
Funny story about the climb I was hiking up behind Fox on the trail and he disturbed a bee's nest ina log on the trail. He walked past it just fine and I being behind him got the stinger from the first bee out of the log.
It got me in the ankle and I just ran. We did the climb and on the way down i'm thinking where is that bee log and bingo I get it again int he same ankle.
I could not put a shoe on for 3 days my ankle looked like a soft ball. Fox and I were just talking about that not to long ago and how we need to go back and do some of more time in there.
426 I miss that guy on the eastside. Come back to us 426 we miss you here man.
So from the time I left hyw 88, it took me 90 minutes to get to the dome at a not terribly blazing speed. High clearance is not needed at all. There was one pretty soft, muddy spot right where panther road comes in. It was downhill on the way in and, annoyingly, uphill on the way out. Didn't have any major problems, but it would have been a little stressful driving in without chains. It is probably already even more dried out and less of a problem by now then when I drove it. But a note to anyone reading this for some future winter trip, if it has been wet and you only have 2WD, having chains in the car might be nice.
The main dome was wet, although less snow on top then I expected. The approach slabs are very snowy. The south facing climbs on the north side of the river were great. Checked out some of the cliffs to the west of Hammer dome.