Crest Jewel, North Dome 5.10a
Avg time to climb route: 4 hours
Approach time: 2-3 hours
Descent time: 2-3 hours
Number of pitches: 10
Height of route: 700'
OverviewCrest Jewel is a treasure. It says something about a climb when many climbers will endure a 3+ hour approach to get to a route. Those willing to make the trudge are rewarded with ten pitches of great face climbing in a spectacular setting. The views from this climb are astounding and arguably better than the views from Half Dome. Many climbers link up Royal Arches with this climb for 20+ pitches of great climbing.
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HistoryFA: Dan Dingle and Michael Lucero, 9/81.
StrategyMany parties epic in the dark coming off Crest Jewel. Start early, go fast on Royal Arches, and donít dawdle on the climb, which like many low-angle climbs looks much shorter than it is. Alternate approaches include hiking up North Dome Gully (not a bad idea if youíre planning on descending that way and have not been there previously), and hiking down and back from Highway 120. The latter has a long bushwacking d... [full history for SuperTopo members only!]
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