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Located in Loch Vale, Cathedral Wall towers over its western end. You can't miss it on the walk into Sky Pond and the Cathedral Spires. More than likely, the sun is rising as you approach, turning the whole wall into a glorious sheet of orange. There are perhaps a dozen routes that climb either the main or second buttress. They all top out in the same vicinity, with the descent being down the backside to the Andrews Glacier trail. This descent is far more complicated than is let on to in Rossiter's guide. Watch out for being cliffed out. There were few cairns in the summer of 2001. Carefully find a gully to downclimb, more or less directly below, but slightly left of where the route tops out. You can't see it until you are right on top of it. Many of the routes are described as serious, but good moderate climbing is to be had as well. Definately worth adding an ascent of this wall to your repertoire.
From the Glacier Gorge parking area, follow the trail to Sky Pond. Access to wall is gained by traversing slopes of talus, just after the Andrews Glacier trail junction, but before you climb up to the waterfall on the Sky Pond trail.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cathedral Wall:
Dalke Route 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches
Kor Route 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches
Tourist Tragedy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches
Sublime Buttress 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1000'
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Sublime Buttress 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Cathedral Wall
Although we did this a couple years ago it has only seen a couple of ascents. Brent and I established this route ground up in the winter of 1998. We aided the second pitch and were forced off the wall after 5 pitches, due to a blizzard during the night spent in our portaledge. I later rapped the headwall at the top to scope a line and clean off some loose blocks (I did not place any bolts on rap as stated in the 2003 AAJ, this was placed on lead). Eventually in May of 2002 Brent and I returned...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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