Cathedral Peak, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite – 10.23.2011

I took a quick weekend trip to meet my climbing partner, Bob, and his friend, TY, in Yosemite to continue our Everest training.  We did a quick day (short climbing day due to crowds) on the Apron in Yosemite Valley on Saturday, followed by a full day of climbing on the classic Southeast Buttress of Cathedral Peak (10,911′) in Tuolumne Meadows on Sunday.  It was a beautiful day with bluebird skies and mild temperatures, especially for late October.  Cathedral Peak is a fun, sustained 5.6 rated climb over 6-8 pitches (~700 feet of technical climbing) up perfect Yosemite granite.  It’s a beautiful peak, with stunning views, which makes for a really fun day of climbing.  We were a little slow since we were a team of three, but were still car-to-car in 11 hours, including a 2-hour approach and 2-hour descent.  The video below will give you a sense of the experience on the face of the buttress.  Good fun.

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