Northwest Face on Higher Cathedral Spire was first climbed by Yosemite climbers Royal Robbins and Tom Frost in 1962. 1,200 feet tall and packed with challenges, the climb established them both as two of the world’s leading climbers. Until 2018 the route had never been free climbed; Kevin Jorgeson and Ben Rueck set out to do change that. Watch in VR180 as they take on the challenge of freeing one of Yosemite National Park’s most classic climbs.
Pitch 3 is known as “The Chimney of Horrors.” The pitch lives up to its moniker. Run out and overhanging, the Chimney stretches upwards for almost a hundred feet with limited ability to protect the climber from the danger of falling out. Watch Jorgeson gracefully climb this testpiece during his effort to free Northwest Face.
Directed & Edited by Jeff Rueppel, Advanced Yeti Productions
Co-Produced by Abbey Smith, Unknown Artists
Technical Rigging by Ryan Sheridan and Chris Seefoo
Ground Support from Priscilla Mewbourne