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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Book of Job 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Higher Cathedral Rock
This is a burley and sustained, mostly thin hands-to-wide crack system that offers plenty of fun and adventure. Should be considered a must-do for the aspiring 5.10 offwidth climber, even though some of the harder sections were not necessarily offwidth. This route is very overhanging, exposed, and basically wild! Start with a steep chimney and go up. The second pitch is a sweet 3 to 4-inch hand and fist crack that seems to go on and on. The 3rd pitch involves working up to a thin flake, maki...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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