American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, Kettle Dome, West Face

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  • Publication Year: 1976

Kettle Dome, West Face. Fred Beckey, Phil Warrender and I made the first ascent of this route on October 20, 1974; the first technical climb to be established on this small but attractive dome. A long poorly protected crack led us into the center of a shallow bowl in the middle of the face. Two pitches of enjoyable friction ended below a vertical headwall. Here we traversed right 100 feet to a flared corner and climbed this to the crest of the southwest ridge. After one moderate pitch along the ridge we scrambled the last 200 feet to the seldom visited summit. NCCS II, F6.

Walter Vennum

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