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The Cliffs of Red Cathedral
Seen from the saddle between Red Cathedral and Manly Beacon. Red Cathedral is NOT climbable from here; the rock is too unstable for protective gear, and the cliffs are too steep for all but the best and/or craziest free soloists. Better idea: take the hiking route and live to climb another day.

Death Valley National Park, CA-- March 2008


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lcarreauReverse logic ?


Voted 10/10

By explaning the difficulty
of the climb, people will
want to examine it themselves.
When they drive all the way
out here, they'll discover it
is not climbable from HERE.
That makes you the messenger,
and nobody wants to shoot the
messenger. You come out clean,
and the people who came out
to DV end up taking the trail!
Very good, Bob! I like it!!
- Larry of AZ :)
Posted Apr 17, 2008 11:54 pm

Bob SihlerRe: Reverse logic ?

Bob Sihler

Hasn't voted

I just hope they don't get pissed at me for leading them here only to find they can't climb it and have to do all that backtracking!
Posted Apr 18, 2008 11:05 am

lcarreauRe: Reverse logic ?


Voted 10/10

You can please SOME of the people some of the
time. There's always going to be people
playing the age-old blame game. It's always
worth it to do some "exploritory" driving, or
perhaps invest in a guidebook or hiking book.
Planning would be the key, especially with
the price of gasoline the way it is. Good
luck with your future trips; hope you can
find a satisfying place to recreate in the
mountains or wilderness. It's there for all
of us to enjoy. Take care, Bob. - Larry
Posted Apr 18, 2008 12:20 pm

jesu, joy of man's desiringwhoa

jesu, joy of man\'s desiring

Voted 10/10

"and the cliffs are too steep for all but the best and/or craziest free soloists."

my guess is some good and/or crazy free soloists have climbed that ridge, maybe more than a few

but surely you have issued a siren call here that will now get a dozen or so tourists killed trying it. SP, prepare to empty your deep pockets in court!


Posted Mar 29, 2014 2:04 am

Bob SihlerRe: whoa

Bob Sihler

Hasn't voted

I dunno, Steve; it may not be apparent, but those cliffs are ready to crumble. The lizards are probably risking their lives there!
Posted Mar 29, 2014 8:55 pm

jesu, joy of man's desiringRe: whoa

jesu, joy of man\'s desiring

Voted 10/10

well, who knows? there are crackpots out there who devote their entire lives to climbing loose mud towers...drilling 3ft holes for 3ft bolts and clipping into those with Yates Screamers and whatnot...but that's probably illegal in high-profile DVNP

Red Cathedral may be in that in-between zone...not steep enough to justify technical tactics but just a little too steep and dirty to solo without killing yourself

though one day a very drunk tourist will no doubt just walk right up to it and "cruise" that thing!
Posted Apr 4, 2014 9:29 pm

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