Cathedral Peak's Classic Southeast Buttress

Where: Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada, California
When: August 2008
Partners: Rick Kent
Route: Southeast Buttress (5.6)

The southeast buttress

Rick and I had both been up the west face (class 4) route on Yosemite's Cathedral Peak before, but we finally found time in our busy schedules to meet in the park and tick off the classic southeast buttress route. With five stellar pitches (5.6) on largely clean granite, it promised to be a fun day out. Plus, I was looking for an excuse to climb Cathedral's even sweeter satellite peak, Eichorn Pinnacle.

We decided to do 'em both!
Rick heading up pitch 4

Rick starting up pitch 5

What we found was lots of enjoyable climbing, including everything from faces, a chimney, flakes, slabs and the like. Good times!
Just below the summit

Rick on the summit

On to Eichorn Pinnacle!