North American Classic Climbs

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Middle Cathedral Rock

East Buttress

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A quality climb of moderate difficulty within minutes of the road in the most popular climbing destination in the U.S. If you expect to be alone on this one, you haven't climbed since Tricounis went out of fashion. Nevertheless, it is a fine climb and well worth doing. Perhaps the most popular climb in Yosemite Valley.


Lowland rock (crag)




Yosemite Nat'l Park, California, USA



G5, G35, I1, W9, W32


III, 5.8A0 to 5.10-


Route Descriptions & Maps:

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First Ascent:

W. Harding, J. Davis, R Swift, 1955. Variation (now standard): Y. Chouinard, M. Hempel, 1961.


Trip Reports:

Opland 9/95