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Routes in Higher Cathedral Spire

East Corner T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Northwest Face T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3+ PG13
Regular Route (Higher Cathedral Spire) T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Southeast Face T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Spire it up (first 2 pitches) T 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
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Description

This is the higher of the two spires. It is to the right of the Lower Spire when viewed from the north.

This spire offers climbing up to Grade V big wall.

Higher Spire was first climbed in April 1934, by Jules Eichorn, Bestor Robinson and Dick Leonard.

Chuck Wilts and Spencer Austin freed the route in 1944.
Descend by rappel.

Depending where you are on the Spire it may be shady and cold or sunny and warm. From the top of the spire you'll get some of the best views of El Cap in the Valley and a secluded summit from tourists.

Getting There

The Cathedral Spires Area page has the parking and initial hiking information.

Upper Cathedral Spire is approached by going right and up the "Spires Gully", west of the formation, which is the same approach for Braille Book and Upper Cathedral Rock.

Approach time is ~30-60 minutes depending on route and how much you pack.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Higher Cathedral Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Regular Route (Higher Cathedral Spire)
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
East Corner
Trad 4 pitches
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Regular Route (Higher Cathe…
 244
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
East Corner
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
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