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Cathedral Rock/Southwest Face

We left the parking lot at about 6:30am and got back to the cars at about 10:00pm. Nice day with a light cloud cover, no rain. The trail was clear of snow about 2/3 the way to the start of the scramble gully. The stream crossing just past the parking lot was very do able and so was the water crossing near Squaw lake, nobody got their feet wet!! We scrambled up the first gulley using crampons and ice axes. No snow in the second gulley, climbed on the left side of the gulley in order to avoid lose rock piled up in the middle of the gully. The thrid pitch up the wall had pretty sound rock. I installed two hand lines along the scramble portion of the ridge, one from the belay station at the top of the third pitch pass a section of the ridge that has a little expouser. The second line, from the bottom of summit block to the top (some loose rock in this section). On our descent, one double rope rappel down the wall and then a second one down the gulley. We added a hand line for the top portion of the scramble gully. On the way out the water crossings did not increase in depth and we there fore crossed again with out getting our feet wet. Good group of people, everybody had a great time. I would recommend this climb for basic students that are just starting, as a first climb.

 

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Tord Kurthy
Tord Kurthy says:
Mon, May 23, 2016 11:48 AM

<p>We left the parking lot at about 6:30am and got back to the cars at about 10:00pm. Nice day with a light cloud cover, no rain. The trail was clear of snow about 2/3 the way to the start of the scramble gully. The stream crossing just past the parking lot was very do able and so was the water crossing near Squaw lake, nobody got their feet wet!! We scrambled up the first gulley using crampons and ice axes. No snow in the second gulley, climbed on the left side of the gulley in order to avoid lose rock piled up in the middle of the gully. The thrid pitch up the wall had pretty sound rock. I installed two hand lines along the scramble portion of the ridge, one from the belay station at the top of the third pitch pass a section of the ridge that has a little expouser. The second line, from the bottom of summit block to the top (some loose rock in this section). On our descent, one double rope rappel down the wall and then a second one down the gulley. We added a hand line for the top portion of the scramble gully. On the way out the water crossings did not increase in depth and we there fore crossed again with out getting our feet wet. Good group of people, everybody had a great time. I would recommend this climb for basic students that are just starting, as a first climb.</p>