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Routes in Cathedral Wall

Altar Boy T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Big Easy, The T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Blackstar T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Dalke Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Flying Nun T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Jagged Arch T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Kor Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Lever Action T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Pew, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Running With The Bulls T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
Sublime Buttress T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
Tourist Tragedy T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tourist Tragedy Too T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Winchester T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R

Description

Located in Loch Vale, Cathedral Wall towers over its western end. You can't miss it on the walk into Sky Pond and the Cathedral Spires. More than likely, the sun is rising as you approach, turning the whole wall into a glorious sheet of orange. There are perhaps a dozen routes that climb either the main or second buttress. They all top out in the same vicinity, with the descent being down the backside to the Andrews Glacier trail. This descent is far more complicated than is let on to in Rossiter's guide. Watch out for being cliffed out. There were few cairns in the summer of 2001. Carefully find a gully to downclimb, more or less directly below, but slightly left of where the route tops out. You can't see it until you are right on top of it. Many of the routes are described as serious, but good moderate climbing is to be had as well. Definately worth adding an ascent of this wall to your repertoire.
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Getting There

From the Glacier Gorge parking area, follow the trail to Sky Pond. Access to wall is gained by traversing slopes of talus, just after the Andrews Glacier trail junction, but before you climb up to the waterfall on the Sky Pond trail.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cathedral Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tourist Tragedy
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Kor Route
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Dalke Route
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Flying Nun
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
Sublime Buttress
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tourist Tragedy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
Kor Route 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Dalke Route 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Flying Nun 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Sublime Buttress 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
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If you find yourself repeating the same route over and over again in the Park, try ticking off the 5.9 Cathedral circuit.

Tourist Tragedy, 5.9
Dalke Route, 5.9R
Kor Route, 5.9R
Alter Boy, 5.9R
The Pew, 5.9R.

Simulating climbing, short approach, and lots of sun! Jul 12, 2015
I found an approach shoe at the base of the Cathedral Wall (RMNP) today (5/29/06) -- the heel loop clip-in deal was blown-out, so I suspect it fell from high on the wall and someone had a bummer walk out. Drop me an email if it's yours and I'll get it to you. Kelly May 29, 2006

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