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Depending where you are on the Spire it may be shady and cold or sunny and warm. From the top of the spire you'll get some of the best views of El Cap in the Valley and a secluded summit from tourists.
Park about 1/4 mile past the parking area for middle cathedral rock on the right. Cross the road to get on the main trail and head towards the Main Cathedral area while looking for a climbers trail on the left which heads up to Higher Cathedral Spire. Approach is ~30-60 minutes depending on route and how much you pack.
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Northwest Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c A3+ PG13 CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Higher Cathedral Spire
Aid Crux is on pitch 7 and can be somewhat intimidating. This route goes directly up the Northwest face and gets very little sun so bring a jacket, it can get a little chilly on this one. The middle pitches of the climb are the hardest and are composed of moderate to hard aid sections (beaks are your friend on this one). Watch out for loose rock as this route does not get done that often. It has had only 2 ascents in the last three years and one of them was me and Erik Sloan, we cleaned the ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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