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Ascent of Cathedral Rock on 2020-06-20

Climber: Ory Gresh

Others in Party:Katy Gibson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 20, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cathedral Rock
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6724 ft / 2049 m

Ascent Trip Report

Water everywhere on the approach trail from early season runoff, and snow in the gullies. Microspikes and ice axe were needed, crampons would have made it easier/safer to ascend the firm snow. We ascended SW slopes from the trail to the obvious loose gully. The lower part of the loose gully had better climbing options on the rock walls to climbers left, then climbers right about halfway up it so we avoided much of the climbing in the center of the gully where there was snow (or garbage-choss in the summer). After a less-steep feature above this "first gully" (seen on the topo as a rounded/bench feature at 6160 ft), we entered a "second gully" which opened up to the base of the SW face. To the climbers-right of the highpoint above the gully exit, there is a route (low 5th on some questionable rock) that reaches a large slung boulder rap station. The boulder is at a notch-type of feature on the climbers right side of the visible ridgeline from the base of the pitch. We removed some of the old slings. I had a single set of nuts and tricams and only placed two tricams. From here it is an exposed scramble to the summit on very loose rock in some places. Simul-climbing or running out a pitch or two may prove to be more difficult due to rope drag. We descended our route. In hindsight, we think that a couple raps to the east, from the middle/ less-steep area between the two gullies (towards where the hiking trail crosses over the ridge to the SW side of Cathedral Rock) should be the established route of descent. Maybe even a standard ascent route to avoid the loose gully hazards. Having not done it though, it may proove to be more difficult. There is a small note about it in Beckey's guide, but seems like the shorter/possibly safer option for descent. We rapped 5 times on a single 70m down our ascent route to get to the last bit of scrambling out of the lower gully and back onto the SW slopes. Took a bit longer than expected and it was a very engaging roundtrip from gully entrance to exit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3380 ft / 1030 m
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3380 ft / 1030 m
    Distance:14.3 mi / 23 km
    Start Trailhead:3344 ft / 1019 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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