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The Cathedral Route - 5.11c

Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00 out of 5
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Route Summary | Ascent Notes (2)
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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.11c
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 4.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


The lone route on this rock ascends directly to the summit from the northwest face. Approach from the Cathedral trailhead- head up the stairs and take a right. When an old waterpipe appears and then fades slightly left, follow the faint trail into the woods. Work your way up the hill, trending left when it makes sense, to arrive at the base of the wall. From the base, head left for a bit (if you reach the cliff-out, you went too far). Look for a ledge system that works its way up the wall and then look out for a young sapling thats greener than the rest, but not very thick- just left of it is a set of chains (this tree is about 60' up). Start from there. Pitch 1: Head up, following the bolts to a slab, then up the corner above, before stepping right for two more bolts and a hanging belay. 100', 5.11c Pitch 2: Step right (anyone know what the bolts going left are? 5.hard from the look of it)- and head up the slab above. Tricky and tough off the belay- beware the FF2! 100', 5.10d Pitch 3: Head right and up, through a small roof, and then through more devious climbing above. Long and sustained. 120', 5.11b/c. Despite the route being bolted, there are run-outs and it felt more like a trad route. A helmet is also a really good idea, as the route tops out literally at the look out point for Cathedral Rock, and small children throw rocks off the summit for sport (we saw at least two dozen rocks come flying at us from the summit).

Descent Options:

Two raps with two ropes or walk off.

Submitted by: vegastradguy on 2004-08-12
Last Modified: 2009-09-21
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Route ID: 57759

2 Ascents Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.11c
  Safety Rating PG13
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Hang Dog Hang Dog ascent by: vegastradguy on 2009-07-12 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars sandbag

harder than the grade would suggest- especially the upper two pitches, which i would rate more like .10d and .11b/c. it looks like the last pitch has shed some holds at the crux, making it quite a bit harder. at any rate, though, the route is good fun and well worth climbing if you want a long bolted route! a little beta- you need two ropes to get off, so rap once to the top of 2, then to the ground (or the starting ledge).

Added: 2009-07-12

Red Point Red Point ascent by: actionfigure on 2004-08-18 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

a little sharp on the first pitch, but pretty good. Double ropes wouldn't be a bad idea on this route.

Added: 2004-08-18