Pilgrimage, Mecca 5.11b


Yosemite Valley, California USA

  • Currently 4.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 30 minutes
Approach time: 20 minutes
Descent time: 30 minutes
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 270'
This is the start to the Direct North Face of Lower Cathedral Rock (5.11c) and ascends an extremely water-polished face. This route is a waterfall much of the year, but the climbing here is stellar (and techy/stemmy/ slopey) when dry. Of note, at 80 feet this pitch has a false anchor, two bolts that are placed near the start of an 11a right-facing layback crack (pro .33”-2”). Stop at the final bolts if you’re not into 165-foot pitches complete with hard trad. If you wish to continue, there is additional 5.11c five-bolt sport pitch for 90 feet. P3 is 10c trad to a 5.9 corner and ends at a crow’s nest.
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80’, 10 bolts to 2 bolt sub-anchor P1, 160’ if continuing past bolts to 11a crack and an additional 5.11c 5 bolts, 90’ for P3 FA: Steve Gerberding, Mark Bowling, Al “Dude” Swanson
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