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'
Overhang Overpass 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch
The Myth of Sessyphus 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Trad, Sport, 100'
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East Buttress 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Lower Cathedral Rock
This climb is often confused with the classic climb of the same name on Middle Cathedral. Do not let the 10c rating scare you away, the crux pitch is well protected and the crux section is not long. Because of this, the climb may seem easier than several long climbs rated below it, such as the Steck-Salathe and NE Buttress of Higher Cathedral. I'd rate it harder than the East Butt of Middle Cathedral done free, however.Directly east of this climb is the monstrous bulk of Middle Cathedral, wit...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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