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Description 

The Cathedral Cave is a notorious sport climbing area at the base of Cathedral Ledge. While the Cave's reputation for chipped and chossy climbing is probably deserved, it still offers a selection of good sport routes. Only the very twisted would travel to Cathedral Ledge solely to climb in the Cave, but if you find yourself with tired legs from slabbin' on the "real" Cathedral trad routes, and if you want a quick upper-body workout, then the Cave might be worth a look.

All the routes in the cave will stay dry in a light rain. Unfortunately, after extended periods of rain, most routes seep badly.


Getting There 

The Cathedral Cave is located right of the Mordor Wall and left of the Central Wall. A trail, marked with a sign for the Cathedral Cave, heads straight up the hill to the cliff.


Climbing Season


6 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Cathedral Cave:
Molson's Madness   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Grandmother's Challenge   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 35'   
The Devil Made Me Dog It   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Featured Route For The Cathedral Cave
Molson's Madness back in October 1988. It's the clean obvious upward sloping crack that starts a boulder move above the center climber. Brandeis Outdoors and Mountain Club outing.

Molson's Madness 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  NH : Cathedral Ledge : The Cathedral Cave
I think the crux is about 3/4 of the way across though it is pretty sustained. Originally done with pins, they were stolen AT LEAST 3 times. Now bolted. Kinda strenno but probably the easiest route in the cave....[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By john strand
From: southern colo
Mar 11, 2013

Maybe the worst section on the cliff.. the rock is , that's for sure