Lower Cathedral Rock Rock Climbing
Lower Cathedral (right) and Middle Cathedral, as v...
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.
Approaches are short, as this crag is only a few minutes from the road. Overhang Bypass is an exception.
Weather station 3.9 miles from here
30 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Cathedral Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Cathedral Rock:
Sub-Mission 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 170'
Giblit 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Mac Daddy 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 90'
Featured Route For Lower Cathedral Rock
Bridalveil Falls East 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b California
: Yosemite National Park
: ... : Lower Cathedral Rock
Long route scales the wall to the left of the falls. Starts up easy scramble and quickly becomes more difficult with chimneys and long pitches. The crux is an exhausting 5.10c overhanging fist crack behind a flake on the pitch before last.Climbing is not as clean as some other Yosemite routes and it felt much more difficult than the old rating suggests. Great experience however, with an amazing view of the falls and with no one competing for it, even during high season....[more] Browse More Classics in California