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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- HVS 4c Trad, 6 pitches, 700'
Northeast Buttress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13 Trad, 11 pitches
Book of Job 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 6 pitches, 700'
The Crucifix 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Trad, 5 pitches, 700'
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Northeast Buttress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13 CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Higher Cathedral Rock
The Northeast Buttress of Higher Cathedral Rock has a reputation for being a fantastic climb -- Don Reid refers to it as one of the best grade IV's in the Valley, and SuperTopo raves about its 5-star quality. Most people I've spoken with who have climbed it enjoyed the route but didn't necessarily go on and on about it. Personally, I thought the climb was average in quality and less than the spectacular classic it is made out to be. The NEB has some things going for it: such as a few stand-ou...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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