Lower Cathedral (right) and Middle Cathedral, as v...
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.
Approaches are short, as this crag is only a few minutes from the road. Overhang Bypass is an exception.
Weather station 3.9 miles from here
25 Total Routes
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Giblit 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
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Overhang Overpass 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a CA
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: ... : Lower Cathedral Rock
Steep, clean, high quality, white granite corner.Belay below a roof on gear. Pull the roof with hands to a rest. Then continue up an increasingly difficult corner. There are not many places to rest once you enter the business on this one so bring your boosters and endurance.Watch out for loose gravel at the top belay. The leader can easily kick some of it down the corner....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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