The approach hike takes about 45 minutes and gains close to 1,000 feet to the base of the dome.
Questa Dome at sunrise. The route we climbed, Question of Balance, is on the right skyline down low and then moves left under the obvious headwall to a 5.10 roof problem to gain the upper dome.
Bill starting up the first pitch. The first pitch is the crux pitch with a well-protected section of very thin 5.11.
Bill worked up to near the crux but didn't have his “friction head” on this early in the morning so he lowered and I went up to lead the rest of the pitch.
Bill in the crack at the top of pitch one.
Belayer's eye-view can be a bit skewed!
Looking up the fabulous second pitch. A perfect crack up an otherwise pretty damn smooth face.
Bill starts up the second pitch. A wonderful well-protected crack leads to smooth face moves back into good crack climbing.
Moving into the friction face moves.
The third pitch starts with an awesome no-hands friction traverse on a small horizontal dike. Bill palming the rock through that section.
The classic “sea of granite” view.
And he's across the no-hands traverse! On to a nice vertical flake system!
Up the flake system and then traverse back left on more small horizontal dike features.
Flakes turn to a small, shallow crack again. The shallow crack is protected by a 1/4“ bolt.
Working the delicate traverse moves back towards the belay. Freakin' awesome!
The fourth pitch starts with surmounting this big, strenous roof. I'm glad Bill got the lead! :-)
Whew! Positive finger cracks above the roof make it possible. Now for the awesome fun above the roof on super featured rock!
Now looking up last of pitch four. Super sweet featured rock reminiscent of the “Furrows Pitch” on Charlotte Dome, CA.
And we're done! Hiking out just before the rain started.