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Pluto Dome

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About Pluto Dome:

Pluto Dome lies just North of Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp across Cold Creek at the head of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne in the Yosemite wilderness. It is a classic glacier-polished granite dome in the Tuolumne style that has more gold polish on it than any other dome I have ever seen. It consists of two major sections -- a lower angle slab below and a steep rounded dome rising above the slab. Both face the High Sierra Camp to the south. The slab has bolted face climbs from 5.9 to 5.11 and one 5.8 dihedral crack climb. The upper dome just has a few routes due to the steep and featureless nature of the polish. The South Face has a beautiful 2-pitch 5.11 hand crack called 'Primate Crossing', a long and unattractive looking 5.8 chimney system and one beautiful 3-pitch mixed crack and bolted face climb called 'Rocket to Uranus'. The long SW ridge also sports a 5 pitch 5.11 crack and face (crux) climb called 'Breaking Wind'. Expect Tuolumne style run-outs on most routes though the steeper routes on the upper dome have much better protected cruxes. The bolts are a mix of modern 3/8" gear and old 1/4" junk -- good luck.
Nearest town or city: Tuolumne
Directions: One can hike 6 miles down the trail to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp that starts at Lembert Dome, but those in the know will park at Pothole Dome and take the cross counrty shortcut.
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Camping: Yes
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Quantity of Climbs: Week