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Higher Cathedral Spire

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Submitted By: Blitzo on Nov 29, 2006
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Description 

This is the higher of the two spires. It is to the right of the Lower Spire when viewed from the north.

This spire offers climbing up to Grade V big wall.

Higher Spire was first climbed in April 1934, by Jules Eichorn, Bestor Robinson and Dick Leonard.

Chuck Wilts and Spencer Austin freed the route in 1944.
Descend by rappel.

Depending where you are on the Spire it may be shady and cold or sunny and warm. From the top of the spire you'll get some of the best views of El Cap in the Valley and a secluded summit from tourists.

Getting There 

Park about 1/4 mile past the parking area for middle cathedral rock on the right. Cross the road to get on the main trail and head towards the Main Cathedral area while looking for a climbers trail on the left which heads up to Higher Cathedral Spire. Approach is ~30-60 minutes depending on route and how much you pack.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.6 miles from here

3 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Higher Cathedral Spire:
Regular Route (Higher Cathedral Spire)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
East Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
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The regular route follows the bushes to the top.

Regular Route (Higher Cathedral Spire) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Higher Cathedral Spire
The easiest way up Higher Cathedral Spire. 400' of entertainment take you to the top of a spire with spectacular views. This adventure felt like mountaneering as much as technical climbing with the steep approach, many tree belays, and sometimes loose nature of the rock.As a note there are several variations. I will list as I have climbed it which was great fun. Check the Supertopo guide for a more complete picture. Each pictch listed is about 100'.P1 (5.5) Up a left facing dihedral to a bu...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Bryan G
From: San Jose
Jan 4, 2013
There's already a page for HCS under the Cathedral Spires page. Maybe an admin can move your route description for the Northwest Face over there?