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Routes in Higher Cathedral Rock

Blind Man's Bluff T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Book of Job T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Braille Book T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crucifix, The T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Mary's Tears T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Northeast Buttress T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Perfect Vision T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
Remain in Light S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Renaissance Wall T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3
Sequel, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Syllable, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

Description

Higher Cathedral Rock is a beautiful, large formation perched uphill from Middle Cathedral. Although it's a bit of an uphill hike to get to, compared to some other routes in the Valley, the lack of other climbers, and the views are well worth the hoof. The two most popular routes on HCR are probably the NE Buttress (5.9), a long and varied route often described as the "best 5.9 in the Valley", and Braille Book (5.8), a really nice moderate six-pitch route on the left side of the formation.
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Getting There

Higher Cathedral Rock is the leftmost of the three Cathedral Rocks, found just south across the valley from El Capitan.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Higher Cathedral Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Sequel
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5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Braille Book
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Northeast Buttress
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Book of Job
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5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Mary's Tears
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5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
The Crucifix
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Sequel 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Braille Book 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Northeast Buttress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad 11 pitches
Book of Job 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Mary's Tears 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
The Crucifix 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 5 pitches
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Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
Approach can be found here. Bear right towards Higher Cathedral Rock higher up though. Sep 20, 2009

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