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Higher Cathedral Rock is a beautiful, large formation perched uphill from Middle Cathedral. Although it's a bit of an uphill hike to get to, compared to some other routes in the Valley, the lack of other climbers, and the views are well worth the hoof. The two most popular routes on HCR are probably the NE Buttress (5.9), a long and varied route often described as the "best 5.9 in the Valley", and Braille Book (5.8), a really nice moderate six-pitch route on the left side of the formation.
Higher Cathedral Rock is the leftmost of the three Cathedral Rocks, found just south across the valley from El Capitan.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Higher Cathedral Rock:
Braille Book 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 6 pitches, 700'
Northeast Buttress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13 Trad, 11 pitches
Book of Job 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 6 pitches, 700'
The Crucifix 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Trad, 5 pitches, 700'
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Braille Book 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Higher Cathedral Rock
Braille Book is an awesome route perched way up high at the top of the Cathedral gully. Named for the many knobs that would "allow even a blind many to climb it", this is some fun climbing! An extra bonus to the extremely enjoyable climbing is belaying with a ringside seat to the two Cathedral Spires and Yosemite Valley spread out below you. Although it comes with a bit of a grunt approach, it's well worth the effort for such a nice route. Get up early, this one is popular!P1) Climb steep and fe...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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