South by Southwest, Lower Cathedral Spire 5.11a


Yosemite Valley, California USA

  • Currently 4.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 3 hours
Approach time: 1-2 hours
Descent time: 1 hour
Number of pitches: 6
Height of route: 500'
South-by-Southwest is one of the newest climbs covered by Supertopo. From the instant Walt Shipley and Keith Reynolds climbed it in 1993, it has been recognized as a classic. It is beautiful, extremely exposed and perfectly protected with one of the most amazing summits in the country. The absence of awkward or poorly protected climbing makes it an excellent climb for those wanting to break into the grade (some consider it a soft 11a).
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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: April 15, 2013
Lower Cathedral Spire - South by Southwest 5.11a - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
View from near the base.
Photo: Randy Spurrier
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Lower Cathedral Spire - Regular Route 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
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