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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
Crack immediately right of Unnamed But Beautiful T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
East Buttress T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 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
Right from "76 Degrees in the Shade" T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Scrubby Corner S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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

Gunsight is named for the distinctive V-groove made by the notch between Middle and Lower Cathedral Rocks. It is most prominently viewed from the vicinity of El Cap Meadow as the steep gully on the northeast side between the two rock formations.

Gunsight is the usual descent route for climbs that end on the summits of Middle and Lower Cathedral Rock, and sometimes as the easiest descent route from Leaning Tower when water in Bridalveil Creek is low enough to make crossing safe. It is a very short, but steep route with 1,300ft of elevation gain from the valley floor.

The Gunsight is also a great way to ascend the summit of Lower Cathedral Rock. This option may appeal to beginners looking for a good fourth class climbing route, as well as for those looking to scope the descent route for future climbs. Both are excellent reasons to venture into this good notch.

Protection

No pro is necessary as this is a popular solo outing. However, mortals should take a standard rack, slings, and one rope for this climb.

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Gunsight, when dry, is a super fun scramble, and the amazing swimming pool(accessible only in low water) on the backside of Bridalveil is icing on the cake, for sure. In winter and spring, gunsight is super treacherous, because there is abundant wet rock and lichen, and snow often makes the going even tougher (can have snow into May).

That said, this is not a completely trivial ascent, and most folks will probably find themselves making several fifth class moves from time to time. The fixed lines here are good for getting down, so I recommend bringing a lightweight harness and rappel device, which is more difficult than scrambling up.

Gunsight challenge level:

Solid 5.9 Yosemite leader: trivial

5.7 / 5.8 Yosemite leader: wear approach shoes, will seem exciting in spots. Bring harness to rappel.

Inexperienced climber: wear approach shoes; bring climbing shoes for sketchy spots; expect some 'omg I'm on a huge cliff' moments (in other words, not a good girlfriend's first climb ;). Bring harness to rappel.

Woot!
Erik

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Jessica Pemble
Yosemite, CA
Jessica Pemble   Yosemite, CA
Fixed ropes are still good - no gear is really necessary. If you get nervous with some exposure or with down climbing, I would recommend bringing a short rope for a rappel or two, as some of the ropes have knots in them. A gri-gri or ATC will make coming down the fixed ropes pretty easy. May 26, 2014