Trip Report
Hammer Dome
Saturday August 14, 2010 8:50pm
My friend Matt and I left Sacramento at 0700 for Hammer Dome up the 88 corridor for a break from the crowds at Lovers Leap. Took about 2.5 hours from Sac, and as expected, we had the whole place to ourselves. We first hopped on Gemini Crack (5.8)
Matt following the 5.9 (more like 5.7) left flake variation on...
Matt following the 5.9 (more like 5.7) left flake variation on the first real pitch of Gemini Cracks.
Credit: towerofpower

Matt beginning the second pitch of Gemini Crack, with the great 5.8 fi...
Matt beginning the second pitch of Gemini Crack, with the great 5.8 finger crack on the left.
Credit: towerofpower
Getting steeper....good lead for only a 2 month climbing history.
Getting steeper....good lead for only a 2 month climbing history.
Credit: towerofpower
After Matts lead, we again swapped and finished via "Itsy Bitsy Variation" (10.a slab)
We then rapped to the base, the giant corner is what forms "Wings and ...
We then rapped to the base, the giant corner is what forms "Wings and Stings", our next climb.
Credit: towerofpower
Matt following pitch 2 of Wings and Stings.  No wings or stings this t...
Matt following pitch 2 of Wings and Stings. No wings or stings this time, just a bunch of piss ant bites from the tree just below.
Credit: towerofpower
Almost to the belay, not a great climb for an already tweaked back.
Almost to the belay, not a great climb for an already tweaked back.
Credit: towerofpower
Matt continued to lead the 3rd pitch, then we again retreated to the base. One last pitch was to be had, jumped on what I thought was "sea of holes" (10.a I think) and did one pitch. Tired and thirsty, we headed back to the car, when we encountered..........
this little 3 footer which I nearly stepped on.
this little 3 footer which I nearly stepped on.
Credit: towerofpower
After pussyfooting it after the snake, we raced home, taking just under 2 hours. I miss climbing Cal and Hammer domes, will be back soon!

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towerofpower is a trad climber from sacramento, ca.

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eKat

Trad climber
  Aug 14, 2010 - 09:18pm PT
Well. . . YAY!

Thanks for postin' up!

ox

eKat
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
  Aug 14, 2010 - 09:35pm PT
Good-looking rock---sweet.
rhyang

climber
SJC
  Aug 14, 2010 - 11:11pm PT
Nice pics -- got to get out there this fall sometime !
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Aug 15, 2010 - 12:56am PT
Bumpity bump bump!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
  Aug 15, 2010 - 12:04pm PT
Nice looking routes!

Well done.
Aaron Johnson

climber
Bear Valley, CA
  Aug 15, 2010 - 12:37pm PT
Nice job taking advantage of a cooling trend as mid August is typically brutal on Hammer Dome.
Thorgon

Big Wall climber
Sedro Woolley, WA
  Aug 15, 2010 - 12:54pm PT
Great photos, looks like some FUN climbing!


Thanks,
Thor
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
  Aug 15, 2010 - 11:19pm PT
Love Wings and Stings!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Aug 15, 2010 - 11:53pm PT
such an amazing place, thx

still need to do Wings
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
  Oct 5, 2010 - 05:24pm PT
Great photos!
Ezra

Social climber
WA, NC, Idaho Falls
  Oct 8, 2010 - 06:31pm PT
Nice!
Thanks for posting, gladd you missed the snake!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jan 17, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Bump for my new secret rope gun!

You know who you are...heh heh.....
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
  Jan 17, 2013 - 12:31pm PT
wow cool lookin stuff, never actually heard of this place before. kudos.
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
  Jan 17, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
sweet TR... great photos. happy you had a fantastic day. Have you been back since 2010?


~peace
RP3

Big Wall climber
Twain Harte
  Jan 17, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
Gemini crack looks amazing! I want to go!
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
  Jan 17, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
Sea Of Holes.5.10a, fun climb on Hammer Dome.
Sea Of Holes.5.10a, fun climb on Hammer Dome.
Credit: mike a.
Radish

Trad climber
SeKi, California
  Jan 17, 2013 - 03:14pm PT
I remember seeing a picture of the Gemini Cracks in Harlin's old guidebook and it sure made me want to go up there and check those out. Never did though...yet. Thanks for the report, Nice!
neversummer

climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
  Jan 17, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
looks fun..
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
  Jan 17, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
Hammer Dome.
Hammer Dome.
Credit: mike a.
melski

Trad climber
bytheriver
  Jan 17, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
Dammit Jim,,looks like freakin awsome stone????
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