Sunday, August 6, 2017

Climbing Yosemite's Polly Dome

Polly Dome is a huge mass of pure Cathedral Peak Granodiorite that looms 1,650 feet over Yosemite's scenic Tenaya Lake. Rock climbers scale subdomes on its southwestern slope facing Tenaya Lake but its top lies 1.5 miles to the northeast of the lake. I've climbed up to Polly Dome's southwestern subdomes on non-technical routes but have never been up to its actual summit. In early August 2017, David Witt and I left my van at the Tuolumne/Mariposa county line along the Tioga Road and headed up through the red fir forest toward a summit we could not see until we cleared the forest and started climbing on my favorite substrate: open granite slopes. At the summit, we were rewarded with fine views of Cathedral Peak, Mt. Hoffman, Tuolumne Peak, Mt. Conness, the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, and even Cloud's Rest and distant Mt. Clark. Enjoy these views of our hike.

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