Route Climbed: SE Buttress Date Climbed: Aug 13, 1999, Oct 10, 1999
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.
Route Climbed: SE Buttress twice and West Face once Date Climbed: May, June, and July 2001
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.