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Higher Cathedral Rock

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Blind Man's Bluff T 
Book of Job T 
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Mary's Tears T 
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Higher Cathedral Rock  


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 37.7144, -119.6347 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jun 15, 2006
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BETA PHOTO: Higher Cathedral Rock (composite), as seen from Hi...

Description 

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.

Getting There 

Higher Cathedral Rock is the leftmost of the three Cathedral Rocks, found just south across the valley from El Capitan.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.7 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',3],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

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- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
Northeast Buttress   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 11 pitches   
Book of Job   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
The Crucifix   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   
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The flared squeeze crux at the start of pitch 2.

The Sequel 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Higher Cathedral Rock
The Sequel is a great moderate climb that you won't have to wait in line for. It follows the huge left-facing corner just uphill from Braille Book. If Braille Book looks like a cluster, just keep walking. The Sequel starts off a big ledge that is accessed from above. Some bushwhacking is required on the final approach, so stash whatever you're not bringing on the climb out in the talus, before the going gets tough (or you'll end up doing the bushwhack thrice). Faster parties would do well to lin...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Higher Cathedral Rock as seen on the approach.
BETA PHOTO: Higher Cathedral Rock as seen on the approach.
Higher Cathedral rock as seen from the Middle Cath...
BETA PHOTO: Higher Cathedral rock as seen from the Middle Cath...

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By Chris Owen
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From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Sep 20, 2009
Approach can be found here. Bear right towards Higher Cathedral Rock higher up though.