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Routes in Lower Cathedral Rock

76 Degrees in the Shade T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Beggar's Buttress T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Bridalveil Falls East T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Compass Rose T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Counterparts S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Crack immediately right of Unnamed But Beautiful T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
East Buttress T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
End of The Line T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Gash T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Geek For A Week S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Giblit S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Groom's Variation, The T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b A0
Gunsight T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
King and I S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
King for a Day S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Kung Fu Panda T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Mac Daddy S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Mecca Lite S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Meccaphobia S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Mechanical Advantage S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Myth of Sessyphus, The T,S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Overhang Bypass T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Overhang Overpass T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Peasant S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Pilgrimage (New North Face) T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Scrubby Corner S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Soul Sacrifice T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Spectacle S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Sub-Mission T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Survivor S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Too Many Darts (Free Ascent) T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Unnamed N3 with chimney start T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Unnamed but Beautiful T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Velvet Elvis S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Description

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Cathedral Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 8
Overhang Bypass
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 28
Kung Fu Panda
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Compass Rose
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 23
East Buttress
Trad 12 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 40
End of The Line
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 35
Unnamed but Beautiful
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 41
76 Degrees in the Shade
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 14
Giblit
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Bridalveil Falls East
Trad 8 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Mecca Lite
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 11
Sub-Mission
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 42
Mac Daddy
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 26
Beggar's Buttress
Trad 9 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Overhang Overpass
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Overhang Bypass
 8
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 5 pitches
Kung Fu Panda
 28
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Compass Rose
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
East Buttress
 23
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 12 pitches
End of The Line
 40
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Unnamed but Beautiful
 35
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
76 Degrees in the Shade
 41
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Giblit
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Bridalveil Falls East
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 8 pitches
Mecca Lite
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Sub-Mission
 11
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Mac Daddy
 42
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Beggar's Buttress
 26
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 9 pitches
Overhang Overpass
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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