American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California, Sierra National Forest, Black Rock Dome, Bad Day at Black Rock

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  • Publication Year: 1997

Sierra National Forest, Black Rock Dome, Bad Day At Black Rock. Black Rock Dome is a 600-foot south-facing formation just northwest of (and easily visible from) the road to Black Rock Reservoir. In August, Jim Zellers, Pete Taylor and I approached from the northwest via a dirt road and gnarly bushwhacking along the base. We climbed four pitches up the longest (central) portion of the dome. A great knob and bolted face pitch led to nice cracks followed by more face climbing (easy but runout) next to a large chimney to the top. Bad Day At Black Rock (III 5.10+) appeared to be the first route on the dome.

Richard Leversee, unaffiliated

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