South Face, Charlotte Dome 5.8


High Sierra, California USA

  • Currently 5.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 5-9 hours
Approach time: 6-9 hours
Descent time: 6-9 hours
Number of pitches: 12
Height of route: 1200'
The South Face of Charlotte Dome has hundreds of different variations. We have provided a topo of the easiest way to climb the face. However, because it is easy to get off-route, you should be confident leading 5.9 before climbing this route. You should also be confident placing gear on discontinuous and devious cracks. The rock and the climbing are reminiscent of Tuolumne Meadows: long, smooth faces that appear to be impossible from a distance are actually covered with knobs and texture, allowing for relatively easy climbing. Many water grooves and solution pockets make the climbing additionally manageable and totally unique (how often do you get to climb “furrows”?).

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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: August 26, 2018
Charlotte Dome - South Face 5.8 - High Sierra, California USA. Click to Enlarge
The route as seen from the approach.
Photo: Karl Lew
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