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North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada Tranquility Dome, Blind Ambitions

Tranquility Dome, Blind Ambitions. In August Fremont Bainbridge and I climbed a new route on this dome near Mammoth Pool Reservoir. Our route is to the right of Visions (A.A.J., 1976), and lies between the central arch and the prominent, left-facing dihedral system to its right. Starting about 200 feet up the right edge of the face, climb left to a small ledge. From here, climb up and right to a bolt, then past another bolt to a belay bolt. The next pitch follows two bolts to a belay bolt. On the fourth pitch, rather than climbing into the dihedral above, cross the face between the book systems to a bolt. This bolt protects the crux move to a belay from thin pitons at the base of a crack system. The last pitch follows these cracks to the main dihedral. NCCS II, F10.

Conrad Van Bruggen