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76 Degrees in the Shade T,S 
Beggar's Buttress T 
Bridalveil Falls East T 
Crack immediately right of Unnamed But Beautiful T 
East Buttress T 
End of The Line T 
Gash T 
Giblit S 
Gunsight T 
King and I S 
King for a Day S 
Left from "Mac Daddy"  T 
Mac Daddy  S 
Mecca Lite S 
Meccaphobia S 
Mechanical Advantage S 
Myth of Sessyphus, The T,S 
Overhang Bypass T 
Overhang Overpass T 
Peasant S 
Pilgrimage (New North Face) T 
Right from "76 Degrees in the Shade" T 
Scrubby Corner S 
Spectacle S 
Sub-Mission T 
Survivor S 
Unnamed but Beautiful T 
Unnamed N3 with chimney start T 
Velvet Elvis S 

Lower Cathedral Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 37.7179, -119.6449 View Map  Incorrect?
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This huge 600 foot high crag is often forgotten in the shadow of its even larger brothers: Middle and Higher Cathedral. Nevertheless, it contains several worthwhile routes, and in fact if this crag were in Florida there would be books written about it. Beggar's Buttress is Hans Florine's favorite climb (see the book "Fifty Favorite Climbs" by Mark Kroese). At a slightly easier grade, the East Buttress is worth doing. Overhang Bypass is an amazing 5.7 route with lots of history but a rather involved approach.

A dark, forbidding slot "the Gunsight" separates Lower Cathedral and Middle Cathedral. This serves as a descent route from the summit, involving a few rappels normally.

Getting There 

Approaches are short, as this crag is only a few minutes from the road. Overhang Bypass is an exception.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Cathedral Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Cathedral Rock:
Overhang Bypass   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
Left from "Mac Daddy"    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Right from "76 Degrees in the Shade"   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Giblit   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Sub-Mission   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   
Unnamed but Beautiful   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
End of The Line   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
East Buttress   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 12 pitches, 1400'   
76 Degrees in the Shade   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Bridalveil Falls East   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 820'   
Mac Daddy    5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 90'   
Beggar's Buttress   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 9 pitches, 700'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: the right facing  huge chimney is the Bridveill Ea...

Bridalveil Falls East 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Lower Cathedral Rock
Long route scales the wall to the left of the falls. Starts up easy scramble and quickly becomes more difficult with chimneys and long pitches. The crux is an exhausting 5.10c overhanging fist crack behind a flake on the pitch before last.Climbing is not as clean as some other Yosemite routes and it felt much more difficult than the old rating suggests. Great experience however, with an amazing view of the falls and with no one competing for it, even during high season....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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