American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, Domes at Courtright Reservoir

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  • Publication Year: 1979

Domes at Courtright Reservoir. During the spring of 1978 I made my first visit to the Courtright Reservoir area on the west side of the Sierra Nevada. One needs the help of someone who has spent hours driving the tiny, winding roads that guard it. In the company of Fred Beckey, I arrived there in the shortest possible time. There are several impressive domes at the head of the reservoir. Fred kept us to our original plan of a beat-out trip to Dog Tooth Peak on the northeast side, a classic. In July Lynada Bozman and I returned and climbed a most enjoyable route on the dome nearest the reservoir’s southeast side. The climb started in the dihedrals in the middle of the dome’s steep south face. At the top of the dihedrals, we proceeded directly up the blank headwall above to the summit. The route was of four pitches. With Bob and Linda Mantynen we also climbed the large corner system on the right side of the south face. This line turned out to be an interesting one of four pitches of moderate difficulty.

Lanny Johnson

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