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JoshRoute Climbed: SE Buttress Date Climbed: August 29, 2001  Sucess!


Just got back from a day of climbing in Yosemite.

Ryle and I started at the Cathedral lakes trailhead at 8:37. My plan was to attempt to bag most of the peaks in the Cathedral Range: Cathedral, Eichorn, all 9 echo peaks, Echo Ridge, Matthes Crest, Cockscomb, and Unicorn. Ryle was going to meet me at a couple select peaks and climb them with me.

I jogged up to the trail to the base of the SE buttress, changed into my climbing shoes, and free-soloed to the summit. I reached the summit almost exactly one hour after I left my car. The climbing took 20 minutes.

I then traversed over to Eichorn Pinnacle and free-soloed up the 5.4 North Face. I then down-climbed the North Face back to the saddle, and finally down-climbed to the ground via the south face (not the "South Face Route," but some horrible line to the left/west of it....lots of loose rock, but never harder than 5.easy).

From there, I headed over to the Echo Peaks and bagged the first 8. The plan was for Ryle to meet me at Echo Peak #9. I got there at 11:50 and waited for more than an hour and a half, but Ryle never showed up. After lying in the sun for 90 minutes, I lost all motivation and headed back to the car where I waited another two hours for Ryle. Somehow he had gotten lost. Not exactly the day I had planned, but it was fun anyway.
Posted Aug 29, 2001 8:42 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: SE Buttress Date Climbed: Aug 13, 1999, Oct 10, 1999  Sucess!

Bob Burd

The August ascent was the first technical peak for both John and I, having just completed our Rock II class two months earlier. We set out to climb the Mountaineers Route, but when we got to the base of the SE Buttress, it looked too good to pass up. Trip report.

Had so much fun I came back a second time with Monty - We climbed Cockscomb, Echo Ridge and all the Echo Peaks on one day, camped at Echo Lake and made an attempt on Matthes Crest the following day (failed), then climbed Cathedral for a consolation on the way back. Another Trip report.
Posted Aug 28, 2001 6:50 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: SE Buttress twice and West Face once Date Climbed: May, June, and July 2001  Sucess!


My first time up Cathedral Peak was via the West Face. Ryle and I climbed to the saddle between Cathedral and Eichorn Pinnacle, then we went up the 5.4 north face of Eichorn. After bagging Eichorn we traversed over to the summit of Cathedral.

My second time up Cathedral Peak was via the SE Buttress. Ryle and I simul-climbed most of the route because thunderstorms were building. We didn't quite beat the storms....heavy rain and hail started on the last pitch. While belaying Ryle from just below the summit, I was treated to the comforting sound of rocks buzzing.

My third time up, I free-soloed the SE Buttress...just over 2 hours car-to-car.
Posted Aug 28, 2001 5:12 pm

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