Cathedral Peak, Yosemite National Park

From Upper Cathedral Lake.


John Muir is credited with naming the peak, and the first ascent, on his first trip to Tuolumne Meadow in 1869. Muir said afterwards, “This I may say is the first time I have been at church in California.” Amen.


The right side of the peak in this image is the Southeast Buttress, a class 5 climb, one of the most popular, and crowded routes in Yosemite.


I climbed this a couple summers ago using the easier Mountaineers Route from Budd Lake on the east side. When I got to the saddle, there were climbers on the Eichorn Pinnacle (Class 5.4, on the left), so I stopped for a while, set up my tripod, and took some shots, which I e-mailed to them later. The last 15 feet of the summit of Cathedral Peak (10,911') is a granite block rated class 4, with room for only 3 or 4 people at the top.






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Taken on September 27, 2010