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Higher Cathedral Spire Regular Route - 5.9

Average Rating = 4.19/5 Average Rating : 4.19 out of 5
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Route Summary | Ascent Notes (20)
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To 3"
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 4.42/5
  Rock Quality 3.75/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 4.42/5

Description:

Five pitches of exposed and continuous climbing lead to the top of North America's Highest freestanding pinnacle

Submitted by: lars on 2002-08-01
Last Modified: 2008-05-07
Views: 1466
Route ID: 21339

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20 Ascents Recorded

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating R
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Red Point Red Point ascent by: BenHorton on 2012-05-28 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars Off Route

Got off route on pitch 2 (off route is the direct line, the 5.9 goes left under the roof for anybody looking to do this) I'd say the direct route was 10+ on weak placements, then runout easy stuff above the roof...

Added: 2012-05-28

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Second Second ascent by: andrea37 on 2011-05-26 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Awesome

Great climb with spectacular views and definitely some exposure. Ran into some friends from the ATL at the base. I led P1, doug did the rest. We did a variation on P4&5 (steep shattered rock to hand crack). So cold and windy that day, the one guy got the screaming barfies after P2. Unbelievable summit views. Watched a party of 2 struggling on NEB while we climbed the tower and 3 parties on Braille Book.

Added: 2011-06-20

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: stevecurtis on 2010-06-26 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars One of the best

A five star route for sure. I've done this 5 times over the years, and love taking my non-climber sons to the top (last time 24 June 2010). This is a classic 5.9, made even more "classic" (10+??) by heading straight up through the 2nd pitch roof, rather than traversing left. There is still an assortment of antique gear on the second pitch. Don't tell the NPS--they'll kick us all off and designate the crack a national historic site.

Note: First rap about 110 ft. Others about 105 ft.

Added: 2010-06-26

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: blacktotem on 2010-05-09 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Higher Spire, Reg Route

Great climb

Added: 2010-05-09

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: satch on 1993-05-07 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Oh yeah

What its all about. Mega classic. summit the size of a small room. Great view, good exposure.

Added: 2010-03-07

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