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Lower Cathedral Rock

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76 Degrees in the Shade T,S 
Beggar's Buttress T 
East Buttress T 
End of The Line T 
Giblit S 
Gunsight T 
Mac Daddy  S 
Myth of Sessyphus, The T,S 
Overhang Bypass T 
Overhang Overpass T 
Unnamed but Beautiful T 
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Lower Cathedral Rock 

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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 37.7179, -119.6449 View Map  Incorrect?
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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.

A dark, forbidding slot "the Gunsight" separates Lower Cathedral and Middle Cathedral. This serves as a descent route from the summit, involving a few rappels normally.

Getting There 

Approaches are short, as this crag is only a few minutes from the road. Overhang Bypass is an exception.

Climbing Season

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

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+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
76 Degrees in the Shade   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Giblit   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Unnamed but Beautiful   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
End of The Line   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
East Buttress   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 12 pitches, 1400'   
Mac Daddy    5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 90'   
Beggar's Buttress   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 9 pitches, 700'   
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 Here is photo of the East Buttress . Can someone who climb the route draw the line on the photo? My main interest is upper part of the route where is not clear from the Reid book where is route going : on arete/ left of arete/ or right of arete (unvisible on photo)?

East Buttress 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 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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