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This huge 600 foot high crag is often forgotten in the shadow of its even larger brothers: Middle and Higher Cathedral. Nevertheless, it contains several worthwhile routes, and in fact if this crag were in Florida there would be books written about it. Beggar's Buttress is Hans Florine's favorite climb (see the book "Fifty Favorite Climbs" by Mark Kroese). At a slightly easier grade, the East Buttress is worth doing. Overhang Bypass is an amazing 5.7 route with lots of history but a rather involved approach.
Approaches are short, as this crag is only a few minutes from the road. Overhang Bypass is an exception.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Cathedral Rock:
Overhang Bypass 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 5 pitches, 400'
Unnamed but Beautiful 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Giblit 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
76 Degrees in the Shade 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
End of The Line 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
East Buttress 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 12 pitches, 1400'
Mac Daddy 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 90'
Beggar's Buttress 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 9 pitches, 700'
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Overhang Overpass 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Lower Cathedral Rock
Steep, clean, high quality, white granite corner.Belay below a roof on gear. Pull the roof with hands to a rest. Then continue up an increasingly difficult corner. There are not many places to rest once you enter the business on this one so bring your boosters and endurance.Watch out for loose gravel at the top belay. The leader can easily kick some of it down the corner....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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