I went up there with the belief the the only difficult part would be the "hand traverse." Not really; that entire traverse from the notch to the summit is serious class 4. The exposure is tremendous on either side. As far as the hand traverse, I have no idea how a heavier or taller person can do it. And yes, on the way back, jumping is a better option. It might not look like it at that height, but crawling backward on that traverse is worse. Oh, and there is no register up there! Go figure, for such an iconic summit. As a bonus I had to bag Mount Althuski; I just couldn't resist such a beautiful slope made of solid rocks.
I did some face climbing on from the west to reach the notch between the north and middle summits. (There was a 100' chimney section on this face with a large chockstone that had to be mantled due to lack of holds on the sides and top of it; this was definitely class 4 and harder and scarier than anything on the south ridge.) The ridge is not as intimidating as I remembered it from many years past. The exposure is less than Cathedral and the climbing is easier. I felt it was basically class 3. The hand traverse is technically class 4, from what I read, but it feels no more difficult than anything else on the route. It can be a little tricky on the down-climb, however, because it's hard to see from above. (The pillar above it is overhanging.) Completed in about 6 hours RT from somewhere along the 120. (I wasn't moving too fast and I had to navigate around many large snowfields, which extended the length of the approach/return quite a bit.)
South ridge to summit was quite exposed in places but super fun climbing even with 30mph winds.
Climbed to summit, afterwards descended into the corrie beneath the Cockscomb and down to Budd lake. Followed the river down to the road.
Did a fun route on the E side... 5.6ish, good rock... ropes got stuck on the way down and I had to batman up to get them. Whooops.
Relatively easy hike and scramble. Couple easy , exposed moves, but really fun and great views.
Chill scramble. Exposed part felt easy 5th.
don't look down! felt like a couple of class 5 moves, but just due to the exposure. nothing difficult about the actual climb.
Took advantage of the early opening of TPR. Did north and south summits with Josh H. Threw in that slag pile summit south of the peak, just because it's there.
Did only the south summit block as part of a traverse of Echo Peaks, Echo Ridge and Cockscomb. Will be back for the North side!
Beautiful views, some protected class 4 and 5 moves for the summit block.
Bagged the south summit and bypassed the middle for the higher north summit. Last peak for a successful Cathedral Traverse... and got a little spooked soloing the step across. For my first real day of climbing in the Sierras and Yosemite it was a good attempt. After another week of scrambling probably wouldn't have a problem with it now. Next time...
fun solo of all 3 summits..back in 2010 on a day off from work..got some echo peaks, echo ridge, cockscomb and unicorn that day
First hike after having my legs and ankels crushed by being run over by a van last year August 2009.
Start of a partial cathedral traverse. Trip report
Fun scramble from Elizabeth Lake.
Climbed this with a good buddy of mine and dropped the NE Face of this on skis! So fun! Windboard snow up top (eich), then variable conditions and some fun/spicy tree skiing to get back to the hut. Super pretty views in the winter, the Cathedral Range is sooo rad!
Fun, fun, fun! Great climbing!
Nice half-day hike / scramble from Elizabeth Lake trailhead. All three summits were fun.
Great views, beautiful day. Chatted with park ranger atop north summit.
Hit the North Face. Definately a couple spicy sections, but very good fun.