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Elevation: 5,554 ft 1,693 m
GPS: 37.71836, -119.64312
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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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Cathedral Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Overhang Bypass
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 84
Something Good
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 69
End of The Line
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 69
Unnamed but Beautiful
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 73
76 Degrees in the Shade
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 36
Giblit
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 36
East Buttress
Trad 12 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 28
Sub-Mission
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 99
Mac Daddy
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 43
Beggar's Buttress
Trad 9 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Overhang Overpass
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 14
King and I
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 24
King for a Day
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 10
Time Bandits
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 10
Empire
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Overhang Bypass Lower Cathedral West
 18
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 5 pitches
Something Good N Buttress Base Routes
 84
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
End of The Line N Buttress Base Routes
 69
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Unnamed but Beautiful N Buttress Base Routes
 69
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
76 Degrees in the Shade N Buttress Base Routes
 73
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Giblit Mecca
 36
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
East Buttress Gunsight
 36
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 12 pitches
Sub-Mission N Buttress Base Routes
 28
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Mac Daddy N Buttress Base Routes
 99
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Beggar's Buttress Mecca
 43
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 9 pitches
Overhang Overpass Lower Cathedral West
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
King and I Mecca
 14
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
King for a Day Mecca
 24
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Time Bandits N Buttress Base Routes
 10
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Empire Mecca
 10
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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