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Midline Crisis T 
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Ooze Move S 
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Cathedral Rock Rock Climbing 

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Cathedral Rock is the main Pecos crag, and offers many of the best routes on excellent rock. This rock faces west-ish, and so is shady in the a.m., and sunny in the p.m.

This crag offers a number of pure trad lines, on mossy slabs and steep, roof-y dihedrals. However, the numerous well-bolted sport climbs are the main attraction here.

Getting There 

Immediately east of the highway, this crag is impossible to miss.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cathedral Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cathedral Rock:
Easy Air   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Sport   
Ooze Move   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Rejuvenating Facial   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport   
Double Roof Dilemma   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Lesbian Thong Trot   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   
Li'l Darling   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   
Bitch Slapped   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
MoFo   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Middle face from right
BETA PHOTO: Middle face from right
Rock Climbing Photo: right face
BETA PHOTO: right face
Rock Climbing Photo: middle face
middle face
Rock Climbing Photo: From the parking area just up the road 50 yds
From the parking area just up the road 50 yds
Rock Climbing Photo: Cathedral Rock from the parking lot.
BETA PHOTO: Cathedral Rock from the parking lot.

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By C Brann
Apr 17, 2014
Beautiful rock, but beyond our beginner capabilities. We just started leading recently and many of the bolts are 10 ft apart with ledges or other outcrops below them. We cowardly or correctly (you decide) left some biners behind after three bolts on the two easier routes. I can't wait to come back though, the rock is granite and awesome. Easy to find and plenty of room to belay.

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