Cathedral Peak Climber's Log

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Asphazell - Jun 11, 2007 12:37 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

South Couloir  Sucess!

Climbed with Altitude14er. Great snow climb in one of my favorite ranges!


sdhager - Aug 12, 2006 10:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

Route Climbed: South Ridge  Sucess!

My first solo climb, and I'm glad I was alone. The rock fall in the gully is no joke!! The gully was free of snow and the dirt was very soft. I did not see anyone until my return to the lake. Unless you count the deer that was stupid enough to run out in front of my car in mile 8 of Castle Creek Road!


seth@LOKI - Jul 26, 2006 8:25 pm Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2004

Cool Peak and Lake  Sucess!

Climbed in Fall with stud cuz Ross Schnell adn brother Dirk.


shanahan96 - Jul 1, 2006 12:28 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2006

east couloir  Sucess!

fun couloir! the snow was very hard in the top half requiring solid kick steps and front pointing with the ice axe for safe forward movement. this is an awesome peak!



xskier77 - Jun 19, 2006 12:06 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

I love my Ice Axe  Sucess!

My first big mountain of the season and wow what a day it was! I went solo and made great time to the lake. 1.5 hours. Climbed the steep snow gully to the south ridge. The snow was very hard and difficult to get my ice axe into very far. After reaching the summit I admired the views and then headed back down the same route. The snow in the gully was still very hard and due to the steepness of the gully I didn't feal comfortable glissading. I opted to pludge step my way down and about half way down my boot slipped out and I started to slide out of control. This really freaked me out as the gully was so steep. Thank god I had my ice axe as I used it to self arrest successfully. Hate to think of what could have happened had I not arrested.


shknbke - Jun 13, 2006 10:50 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

via south ridge  Sucess!

A very rewarding climb, probably one of the most scenic I have been on in CO. There's the steep climb on a nice trail to Cathedral Lake, the routefinding, the boulder hopping, and the sweet snow climb up the gully to the ridge. I wouldn't do this peak without snow cover in the gully though. Incredible views!

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - May 30, 2006 4:28 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2006

East Face  Sucess!

Skied from the summit!

PeterD. - Jul 24, 2004 12:54 am

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 22, 2004  Sucess!

The top half of the gully was "snow" filled, if you want to call it snow. It was a granular, miserable mix of wet, icy slush which provided adequate but not great footing. An ice axe was absolutely essential, not only on this stuff, but also in the soft dirt and mud in the bottom half. The fall risk was real. I stuck (excuse the expression) as much as possible to the right wall of the gully, using whatever hand holds I could find as I negotiated my way up. I used my axe like an ice climbing tool going up, digging into the snow for purchase. Getting up to the summit from the saddle was nothing compared to getting up the gully. Just before descending the gully a boulder the size of a small desk let loose from the saddle, going straight down and not stopping for anything. Anybody who would have been unfortunate enough to have been in its path at the time would have been creamed. Anyhow, the effort it took to ascend the gully made the climb most rewarding. This is a great mountain.


Kane - Jun 16, 2003 10:45 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge. Date Climbed: 8-12-2002  Sucess!

I absolutely love my hikes in the Elks. This was a quite eventful day. It started with a weird experience before the sun had come up. At 4:00 a.m. I was hiking with my headlamp on and remember almost tripping on some guy that was sleeping directly on the trail about 2 miles up from the TH. It spooked the hell out of me. Some old man just laying there in his nasty sleeping bag out in the wilderness.

"Persistance" seems to be a fitting word to describe this day. If your interested here is my trip report.

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