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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'   
Sub-Mission   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   
Giblit   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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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Overhang Overpass 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : 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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