Cottage Cheese, West Cottage Dome 5.10b


Tuolumne Meadows, California USA

  • Currently 3.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 2 hours
Approach time: 20-30 minutes
Descent time: 20-30 minutes
Number of pitches: 2
Height of route: 160'
FA: Tom Higgins, Ben Borrison, August 1968.

An overlooked gem, and another tribute to the free climbing standards of the 60s, Cottage Cheese is the best, and cleanest, route on the north face. Starting with an excellent technical and sustained first pitch with great pro, the big belay ledge reveals an intimidating start to the second pitch. A burly overhung boulder problem that was 5.10a in 1968 leads into 5.9 hands, chimney, and a stretch of old-school 5.7 offwidth. Make sure to set an anchor at the top of the first pitch, then move the belay for the second.
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  • Rock Climbs of Tuolumne Meadows, by Don Reid and Chris Falkenstein.
Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: August 25, 2003
West Cottage Dome - Cottage Cheese 5.10b - Tuolumne Meadows, California USA. Click to Enlarge
Cottage Cheese is route D
Photo: Greg Barnes
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Pencil-Necked Geek is route C
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