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Higher Cathedral Rock is a beautiful, large formation perched uphill from Middle Cathedral. Although it's a bit of an uphill hike to get to, compared to some other routes in the Valley, the lack of other climbers, and the views are well worth the hoof. The two most popular routes on HCR are probably the NE Buttress (5.9), a long and varied route often described as the "best 5.9 in the Valley", and Braille Book (5.8), a really nice moderate six-pitch route on the left side of the formation.
Higher Cathedral Rock is the leftmost of the three Cathedral Rocks, found just south across the valley from El Capitan.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Higher Cathedral Rock:
Braille Book 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 6 pitches, 700'
Northeast Buttress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad, 11 pitches
Book of Job 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 6 pitches, 700'
The Crucifix 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, 5 pitches, 700'
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Mary's Tears 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Higher Cathedral Rock
It is great route, all 4 pitches long and interesting , and p2, p3 are classic and very sustain. Route has good ASCA bolts at each belay. Rappel route with two 60m ropes, or continue up NEB of HC, or Crucifix .P1: has 3 variations : 11b on the left ( did not tried) , 10c in the middle - felt hard for the grade and difficult to protect well ( did on tr), and 5.8 left variation which is good crack, mostly hands. Belay at the bolts 130 ft.P2. Nice clean left facing corner. Good climbing with some...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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