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North America, United States, California—Yosemite, Wawona Dome, West Face

Wawona Dome. West Face. In full view of the Yosemite south entrance highway, close to Wawona Village, the dome’s face had no true routes. On October 14, 1970, Larry Moore, Bob Romanowitz, and I started up the obvious chimney in mid-face. Despite good weather, we did not complete the ascent the first day. The chimney flared so that the first pitch (all free) was slow and hard. Nailing led to where we could scramble to an assembly slab. A right traverse brought us to where the line again appeared above. After a bolt section, there was rather shaky nailing. Later the pins and the climb became better. The route follows the obvious crack, with one rightward meander, to the easy upper slabs. NCCS III, F8, A2.