Cathedral Peak, Yosemite National Park

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    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.

    Cheers,
    Steve

    ©2011
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    Mulewings~, Juan Paulo, Rob McFrey, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Philip Kuntz 40 months ago | reply

      Spectacular image! Excellent dynamic colors, contrasts and comp.
      Wonderful info too. Kudos on making that impressive climb.
      What a grand sight, and shot!

    2. Mulewings~ 40 months ago | reply

      What clarity in the water. The scenery is fantastic.
      I doubt I'll ever climb a mountain. But I will enjoy your moments.

    3. David Shield Photography 40 months ago | reply

      I plan to shot here this year, although I think at the lower end. I would like to capture a reflection; however I really like the look of your image. The water ripples, water clarity and overall exposure is excellent!

    4. SteveD. 40 months ago | reply


      Thanks, David. The best shots I've seen of the area seem to be taken way up the hill and off trail, behind where I was standing. A lot of the photographers try and shoot at sunset, then negotiate the down climb and the 5 mile trail back to the highway in the dark. Seems like it would be more relaxing to camp in the area and spend the night.

    5. Chuck & Pat Harkins 40 months ago | reply

      Super details and great low POV, nice.

    6. ©hapulcu 40 months ago | reply

      Splendid landscape, love the lake ripples and transparency of the water in the fg.

    7. jb10okie 40 months ago | reply

      great photo

    8. Chief Bwana 40 months ago | reply

      Another perfect comp. I can't imagine the view from up there.

    9. nondesigner59 39 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot..

      Seen in Scenic Splendor
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    10. richpope 36 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot!!!

    11. heatheronhertravels 33 months ago | reply

      I used your photo to illustrate this article on my blog www.heatheronhertravels.com/yosemite-national-park/ and I credited at the bottom of the article. Thanks for using Creative commons.

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