North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, Domeland

Publication Year: 1973.

Domeland, Packing into the center of Domeland on April 16, Chuck Haas and I still found time to climb a truly classic six-pitch crack system in the center of the east face of Radiant Dome (F6 and F7). If the dome were near a road, like Tahquitz Rock, the climb would be appreciated by many. NCCS II. The next day we scrambled south to the Windy Towers. While both rocks were previously unvisited, only the northern one provided a challenge, this consisting of two excellent pitches on the west face (F6). Recent logging roads extending off the Sherman Peak road provide a feasible access to the southern fringe of Domeland. Near Church Dome stand two obvious and impressive towers, only 1½ miles from the road end, and unclimbed until October 13. Reed Cundiff, Leland Davis and I first climbed the spectacular and highest “Taj Mahal” (3 pitches, F6). From the “boulder problem” top, on a clear windy day, we could almost see both Mount Whitney and the brown air of Los Angeles. Cundiff and Davis then made the climb of the adjacent “Mosque.” The vertical first pitch (F7) goes “clean” (all on jam nuts). The climbs are recommended for a pleasant one-day outing in solitude.

Fred Beckey