Calaveras Domes rock climbing

These are some selected topos which mostly cover routes not in the Harlin guide (The Climber's Guide to North America: West Coast Rock Climbs, by John Harlin III, Chockstone Press, Denver, CO, 1984 - later edition also, ISBN 0-9609452-2-9). Most of the topos above were made in about 1983. I'm not sure who drew them originally, but recently I've heard they may have been made by Jay Smith. I updated the Time Traveler topo in 1989, after I did the route. As of 2008, these all display and print easily; they are either PDF or GIF format.


I may update the topos further, to show all the known routes.


Upcoming Guidebook

Will Cottrell is preparing a guidebook, Rock Climbs of Calaveras Domes, which he planned to release in Spring 2001. After the article in Climbing magazine, lots of new information surfaced, and he has been working on verifying it. If you have new information, he can be contacted at [note new email address, 6/2009].

In the meantime, some topos can be found in Climbing #194, and the older guidebook West Coast Rock Climbs by John Harlin contains topos and photos of the older routes.

You can also obtain prerelease topos from Will Cottrell:

"To meet needs of climbers we sell online "Calaveras Select" packages. We customize packages to skill level and experience -- next best thing to having a "local" guide. We ship PDF files of 8.5x11" topos and route descriptions, suggestions, etc. Cost is about one dollar a page. Average cost 15-20$. We need to know grade and difficulty, and crack or slab. Climbs are mainly trad with exception of Hidden Wall. We have a nice selection of grade IVs which can be rappeled. Also need to know how long climbers wishes to spend in Calaveras and the approximate time. We also take season and temperature into account. Please give some lead time to make the best package for the trip. They have been popular and take several hours to prepare and email."

William H. Cottrell
El Dorado Publishing
POB 840
Camino,CA 95709

[above address/phone may be out of date, but email address is current]

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