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Cathedral Wall Rock Climbing 

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Located in Loch Vale, Cathedral Wall towers over its western end. You can't miss it on the walk into Sky Pond and the Cathedral Spires. More than likely, the sun is rising as you approach, turning the whole wall into a glorious sheet of orange. There are perhaps a dozen routes that climb either the main or second buttress. They all top out in the same vicinity, with the descent being down the backside to the Andrews Glacier trail. This descent is far more complicated than is let on to in Rossiter's guide. Watch out for being cliffed out. There were few cairns in the summer of 2001. Carefully find a gully to downclimb, more or less directly below, but slightly left of where the route tops out. You can't see it until you are right on top of it. Many of the routes are described as serious, but good moderate climbing is to be had as well. Definately worth adding an ascent of this wall to your repertoire.

Getting There 

From the Glacier Gorge parking area, follow the trail to Sky Pond. Access to wall is gained by traversing slopes of talus, just after the Andrews Glacier trail junction, but before you climb up to the waterfall on the Sky Pond trail.

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Climbing Season

For the RMNP - Rock area.

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cathedral Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cathedral Wall:
Tourist Tragedy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   
Dalke Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   
Kor Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   
Flying Nun   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 500'   
Sublime Buttress   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1000'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 2 on first attempt.  Before the snow storm. ...

Sublime Buttress 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : Cathedral Wall
Brent and I began establishing this route ground up in the winter of 1998. We aided the second pitch and were forced off the wall after 5 pitches, due to a blizzard during the night spent in our portaledge. I later rapped the headwall at the top to scope a line and clean off some loose blocks (I did not place any bolts on rap as stated in the 2003 AAJ, this was placed on lead). Eventually in May of 2002 Brent and I returned to free the entire climb. Parts of the climb are shared with variations...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Cathdral Wall from Sky Pond. Cathedral Wall is at ...
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Cathedral Wall from Loch Vale in early morning. Zo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cathedral Wall, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd buttresses.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Cathedral Wall, 2nd & 3rd buttresses.
BETA PHOTO: Cathedral Wall, 2nd & 3rd buttresses.

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By Kelly Cordes
May 29, 2006
I found an approach shoe at the base of the Cathedral Wall (RMNP) today (5/29/06) -- the heel loop clip-in deal was blown-out, so I suspect it fell from high on the wall and someone had a bummer walk out. Drop me an email if it's yours and I'll get it to you. Kelly
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Jul 12, 2015
If you find yourself repeating the same route over and over again in the Park, try ticking off the 5.9 Cathedral circuit.

Tourist Tragedy, 5.9
Dalke Route, 5.9R
Kor Route, 5.9R
Alter Boy, 5.9R
The Pew, 5.9R.

Simulating climbing, short approach, and lots of sun!

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