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atavistRegular route HCS  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2014


Climbed Braille Book with Dave on Oct 3.

Nice day climbing with Eric, Dave and Kali. Stout climbing for 5.9 which is typical for routes from the 30's. Heads up on the rappel! Climbed on Oct 4.
Posted Jan 26, 2015 7:29 am

MelbaToastLovely  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2005


Really fun. The walkoff's a bit hairy though.
Posted Mar 25, 2013 7:56 pm

wmollandHigher Cathedral  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2012


Regular Route. Fun climb but the summit is what makes it.
Posted Nov 3, 2012 9:27 pm

bechttLower Cathedral side trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2012


From Gunsight Notch on the way to Leaning Tower, "Snake Rock", and the overlooks (Dewey, Crocker, Stanford, and Inspiration). With Bob, Adam, Bill, and Laura.
Posted Jun 10, 2012 11:14 pm

WDW4First Yosemite Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2011


Climbed Higher Cathedral Rock by Braille Book route, done in 5 pitches. Also my first multipitch route. I was not leading, but it sure was fun!
Posted Jan 9, 2012 2:07 pm

dkangasSecond Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 13, 2011
Did Gunsight then scrambled to the top of MC on the class 3 slabs of the western face. From there to Upper Cathedral and down the Spires Gully.
Posted Dec 14, 2011 2:18 pm



T-stormed off of Paradise Lost...

Lines were too long on the other classics and the first few pitches of the Kor-Beck just weren't very attractive...
Posted Sep 25, 2011 12:58 pm

Vitaliy M.East Buttress of MC/Central Pillar of Frenzy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011

Vitaliy M.

Cool route with a good friend Bryan. We were on our way to attempt N buttress of Mt. Goode but t-storms on the east side pushed us to climb in the valley instead. Was a great choice!

Central Pillar of Frenzy, also with Bryan. My favorite pure rock climb ever, by a mile!!! 9/25/2011
Posted Aug 29, 2011 2:48 pm

cp0915Higher Cathedral Rock  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2010


With DB. A nice day out.
Posted Jul 15, 2010 10:35 am

kovarpaHigher Cathedral Spire  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010


Regular route, with Carol. Lead all pitches.
We did the original variation on the second pitch and I found it quite challenging. Great route in a great setting, the approach kinda sucks :-)
Posted Jun 28, 2010 2:47 pm

Steve LarsonOof!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 16, 2010

Steve Larson

NE buttress on Higher Cathedral Rock. 3.5 hours to the halfway point, thinking we were gonna cruise it, then the real climbing started. I was so trashed by the end that I had to prussik up the rope to get past the final 5.9 OW.
Posted May 18, 2010 9:20 am

kovarpaNortheast Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2009


Climbed in 9 pitches in about 8.5 hours with Michal. 5.9+ roof on Supertopo finish was f* hard. I had other memorable moments (aka squeeze chimney and "burly 5.10) on the route... highly recommended.
Posted May 11, 2009 9:40 pm

jesu, joy of man's desiringNorth Buttress, Middle Cathedral  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 1979

jesu, joy of man\'s desiring

Ahhh, the good old days. Climbed the NB with a strong Central Valley farmboy who I met in Camp 4. Nice fellow. Slept in the Gunsight on the way down.

The day before that, I climbed The Braille Book with a very pleasant teen-aged girl named Claudia. I wonder where she is now...(a really great route, btw)

A few months later--in Sept 79--climbed the East Buttress with a Scotsman named Iain. I think soon after a couple guys were killed on this route...their belay was a manzanita bush, which pulled out.
Posted Mar 18, 2009 2:15 pm

snowflakeHCR / HCS  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 1989


October ascent of Northeast Buttress on HCR in 1989 - had to bivy 2/3 the way up when ran out of daylight (in middle of sleepless night saw a car stop near mine - when got back down there was a note from the ranger saying "call your wife - she is worried").

A few years later did an October ascent of HCS; regular route.
Posted Mar 12, 2009 7:53 pm

mountainmattGunsight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2006


climbed the gunsight to lower cathedral and enjoyed the HUGE view!!
Posted Nov 25, 2008 7:28 pm

Stu BrandelHigher Catherdral Highlight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2008

Stu Brandel

Used Spires Gully to go up Higher Cathedral Rock and have the best hike and view of my valley trip. I missed the use trail at the start but found it going back.
Posted Aug 17, 2008 3:29 pm

Sierra Ledge RatHigher Cathedral Spire  Sucess!

Sierra Ledge Rat

Regular route with Dan Dingle. Great view of El Capitan!
Posted Jul 18, 2008 12:00 am

Sierra Ledge RatNW Buttress, Middle Cathedral  Sucess!

Sierra Ledge Rat

My first big wall!
Posted Jul 17, 2008 11:59 pm

kovarpaBraille  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2008


pretty good route for being first time out this season, linked P3&4, climbed w/ Michal.
Posted Jun 2, 2008 12:28 am

Digglervarious  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2007


Higher Cathedral Spire- Regular Route (6.10.'11)
Did with Faith. After doing the obligatory, undesirable approach, geared up at the base. 2 assholes jumped in front of us while getting ready ('We want to do a couple routes today. Can we get ahead (in parentheses: 'We don't really care if you like it or not')? Weren't as fast as they thought (couldn't pass the Tyroleans who'd already started), & I guess getting up early to avoid the crowds on a popular climb wasn't obvious enough. Oh well- whatever.

At any rate, a phenomenal, justly-classic route. I have a hard time thinking of a team doing this back in the 30s!! While we freed it, the light years that modern equipment/technology/methods are ahead of what was around then is hard to fathom... Climbing was great, though- sustained, solid Valley 5.9, & the summit is hard to beat! Superb views from up top too.

Middle Cathedral, Kor-Beck
Did this with Rusty. Got a late start (14.00ish) after a leisurely beginning of the day. Enjoyable climb the whole way. We only did the first 6(?) pitches, the standard, I guess. Got back to the base in the dark, but we managed to get to the Village store JUST in time to get beer, so it was a great success!

Higher Cathedral Rock, Braille Book (Junish, 2010)
Another one with Rob. Thought we were screwed when we heard voices ahead of us near the base of the route. We blasted up along the base, though, while the competition wallowed through the underbrush, & we snaked 'em. Great success!! Behind another party, but not a big deal. After me taking forever to finally sack up to get past the psychological crux on P1, the rest went smoothly. Some old-school Valley 5.'8' for sure! Great climbing though, & another awesome day in The Valley.

Higher Cathedral Rock- NE buttress
With Rob again. Started the route at a relatively late 9.38. After the obligatory rock-paper-scissors, Rob got odd pitches, I even. First few pitches went great, & left us totally unprepared for what lay ahead... This climb is a burly, old-school Yo-f$%*ing-semite climb, & will spank you & make you grovel if you aren't on your off-width/chimney game. Nonetheless, it is an utter classic, & should not be missed... Incredibly sustained, consistently strenuous climbing, incredible views on the way up & on the top (we tagged the true summit). Headlamps on El Cap (esp. the line up The Nose) was cool, descent in the dark interesting. Beer upon return was well-earned! The 2 guys we met at the start as well as upon our return (back at their car) from LA who'd just done the DNB were cool- thanks for your hospitality! :) Another great day in The Valley!!

Middle Cathedral- E Buttress
Climbed with Rob. What a great climb! As it sprinkled on our drive in from outside the park, I was a bit apprehensive, but it ended up working out great. We could barely see anything down the Valley, as views were obscured by smoke from forest fires. That, added to the fact that we were the only ones on the route that day, & it was November, made for a surreal day of climbing. Being pretty out of it (in the middle of a case of the flu), I took a short fall while leading the "5.8" section (seemed stiff for a 5.8) right below the 2 fixed pins on P3. Had a few minor slips on stuff I'd normally feel fine about too. Anyway, led the 5.9 roof free & w/o incident, which was nice. Rob did a great job of leading all his pitches. I led Ps 2-3 (combined), 5 (aided bolt ladder), 7, 9, & 11.

Started descent down the gully shortly before twilight, got back to the truck in the dark- glad we didn't go for the true summit. Descent back to the Katwalk & from there to the start of the gully would have been impossible! All in all a great day!
Posted Nov 12, 2007 12:58 pm

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