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North Face

North Face

North Face

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.84760°N / 119.4059°W

Object Title: North Face

Route Type: Rock Climb

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: 5.4

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Bob Burd

Created/Edited: Jun 28, 2002 / Jun 28, 2002

Object ID: 156632

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Eichorn Pinnacle is often climbed after a climb of Cathedral Peak's SE Buttress. From Cathedral's summit, climb down to the saddle between the two peaks, located just at the base of the pinnacle's east side. Then, climb down and around Eichorn Pinnacle in a clockwise manner, losing 30-60 feet of elevation until on the north side where the route starts.

If climbing from the west side of Cathedral Peak, head up the west slopes towards Cathedral's summit until facing north of Eichorn Pinnacle. Then head for the start of the climb over granite slabs.

If climbing from the south, climb the class 4-5 South Face of Cathedral Peak which will take you to the saddle between Cathedral and Eichorn (then follow above description).

Route Description

The route can be climbed in a single pitch. From the base, the route up should be obvious as the left and right sides have large, vertical blocks of granite that are significantly more difficult. The route folllows diagonally up to the west side below the summit blocks using cracks and flakes on the left side for hand holds, with some exposure on the right side. There are three solid pitons along the diagonal climb that can be used to clip in for protection.
At the base of the summit blocks, the exposure ends, and some large blocks can be easily climbed to the top on the west side.

Essential Gear

A 60m rope suffices for a rappel off the east side to the saddle below. Several anchors with slings can be found at the top.
Minimal gear is needed, as the pitons can be used to protect the most exposed section of the route.
Climbing shoes recommended, and in fact may be all that are needed to climb this enjoyable route.

Miscellaneous Info

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