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Dave DalyRoute Climbed: Gunsight Date Climbed: 22 Nov 2003  Sucess!

Dave Daly

Hiked up to the top of the Gunsight to access the summit of Lower Cathedral. Daytime temp was 38. Windchill factor and no sun in the Gunsight made it considerably less. Very little ice encountered. Had a great day with a great friend.
Posted Nov 23, 2003 11:10 pm

Dave DalyRoute Climbed: NW Face of Middle Cathedral (III, 5.7). Date Climbed: 2 Nov 2002  Sucess!

Dave Daly

Located this ancient Steve Roper route just past the top of the Gunsight, immediately to the left. Bob Burd, Michele Beaty and myself sought out where the "mystery arrrow" pointed to, as illustrated in the Don Reid guide. At the time, we were not sure of where the first pitch began so we forged out own variation. Our first pitch, 'The Mooch Traverse' (5.7), wandered 200 feet right from the original 1st pitch start and up to a pine tree (a FULL 60 meters!!). There, we found super ancient slings. The rest was fairly obvious. Not a bad route. Good rock quality and an outstanding view of Leaning Tower! In an earlier summit log post by Bob Burd, he mentioned we did the NW Buttress. Again, we actually did the NW Face. The NW Buttress is about 300 yards to the right of this route and is rated 5.6. For those that like obscurity, I highly recommend the NW Face.
Posted Oct 31, 2003 2:18 am

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: DNB of Middle Cathedral, Gunsight. Date Climbed: summer 1995


Gunsight: Took a bunch of kids up for a day of adventure and a little rope work. Got to the top of the Gunsight, but not any real summits. Still, the kids got a good thrashing, and so it was fun for them.

DNB: The Cathedrals are perfect for free climbing. Any steeper, and it would be aid, less steep, and it would be too easy. Well, maybe. To climb in Yosemite and only do short routes is horrible. With only one day off a week from work, this had been my diet. Finally, I had a few free days between one job and the next, so a friend and I decided to try the DNB because it was in the shade most of the day, and it didn't seem too hard for our modest ability. We didn't ask around from other climbers, just looked at the guidebook topo, and decided it looked good. Besides, if Charlie Fowler had free soloed it, how hard could it be?

The crux was a non-issue, a little French free action, and we moved on. Then came the wandering face climbing, with stout run-outs. There was chalk and fixed gear all over the place, with no clear or safe way to continue that was readily apparant. In shame and disgust we rappelled off.

It turns out that DNB doesn't mean Direct North Buttress. Instead, it means Do Not Bother. So, this summer, we plan to free Astroman on Washington Column. It isn't as many pitches, and hey, Peter Croft AND Dean Potter have free soloed it, so.... how hard can it be?
Posted May 21, 2003 7:50 am

kletterwebbiRoute Climbed: several Date Climbed: August 1996, September 2000  Sucess!


Great area !

Climbed the East Buttress and the Kor-Beck route of the MCR together with my wife during my first visit of the Yosemite with a torn ligament. I harmed myself at a ground fall at the "Supercrack of the desert", ehem .... this was a piece of luck ! Climbing was ok but hiking was aching.

I've done the Braille book at the HCR in Sept. 2000 as the second climb (after the Nutcracker) for accustom myself to the Yosemite granite together with my friend Jörg Dufner. We also had an attempt at the NE-buttress of the HCR.
Posted May 18, 2003 10:24 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: NW Face of MCR Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Burd

This was a fine adventure with Dave and Michele, an all day scramble/climb, first up Gunsight, then a roped climb of Middle Cathedral's NW Face followed by a scramble to the summit of Higher Cathedral Rock, and finally a descent of Cathedral Gully. It was definitely one of my most enjoyable climbing days. Trip Report
Posted May 17, 2003 9:36 pm

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