The featured granite on the South Face of Charlotte Dome is virtually inconceivable. Here Dan Patitucci climbs the upper pitches on an impressive Charlotte Dome-in-a-day-from-the-trailhead bid.
Charlotte Dome One of the gems of the Sierra! First climbed in 1970 by Galen Rowell, Chris Jones, and Fred Beckey the dome looked imposing and un-climbable due to the lack of cracks. After starting their climb they were ecstatic to find that the dome offered plenty of great holds and natural protection. Approached via Kearsarge Pass from Onion Valley the trek and the climb together make an outstanding rock climbing adventure in a remote and wild setting.
South Face - III, 5.7
One of the coolest rock climbs in the Sierra is located right in the heart of the range. This route on Charlotte Dome is one of the “50 Classic Climbs of North America,” yet few people make the trek in to climb this juicy peach of a route.
Charlottes Web - IV, 5.8
If the South Face is the peach, then this is the plum (or is it plumb?) A little steeper longer and harder, this route takes a more direct line up the South buttress.