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Gunsight in winter
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.
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.
By Jessica Pemble
From: Yosemite, CA
May 26, 2014
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.