Cherubim Dome Archangel

Visalia, California

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The prominent dome to the east of the Angel Wings is known as Cherubim Dome. E.C. Joe and Richard Leversee climbed a route up the south buttress called Archangel (IV 5.10+ AO) in October of 1985. Joe reported, “Avoiding drilling as much as possible, we picked a line up a series of flakes and cracks on the nearly featureless south face. The route skirts a major tiered roof down low via the right side and works back left onto the prominent southern prow of the dome. There were eight long pitches of face and crack climbing on superb golden granite, with only one pitch easier than 5.9 or 5.10. The only aid on the route was a short pendulum on the fourth lead to pass a traverse that neither of us could master. The route is definitely a classic recommended to the dedicated backcountry rock climber.”

Cherubim Dome: Archangel Professional Review and Guide

"The prominent dome to the east of the Angel Wings is known as Cherubim Dome. E.C. Joe and Richard Leversee climbed a route up the south buttress called Archangel (IV 5.10+ AO) in October of 1985. Joe reported, “Avoiding drilling as much as possible, we picked a line up a series of flakes and cracks on the nearly featureless south face. The route skirts a major tiered roof down low via the right side and works back left onto the prominent southern prow of the dome. There were eight long pitches of face and crack climbing on superb golden granite, with only one pitch easier than 5.9 or 5.10. The only aid on the route was a short pendulum on the fourth lead to pass a traverse that neither of us could master. The route is definitely a classic recommended to the dedicated backcountry rock climber.”"

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Visalia
Class: Class 5.9 and above
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Lodgepole, Triple Divide Peak
Grade: Grade IV
Driving Directions: Directions to Cherubim Dome: Archangel

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