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What steepness and exposure for a HVD (5.5)! The original line of the buttress, Flying Buttress takes a devious line through the steepness on giant flakes and jugs. An intimidating but easy climb. Begin on the left side of the slab. Protect in a flake at 15 feet, and continue off the upper left hand corner of the slab. The next section is the crux: stand up into a slot, protect, and make a funky move or two to gain the upper flake. Cruise this to a ledge at the top and make a final exhilarating mantle on huge jugs. Note the bizarre chipped footholds near the top; one of the few instances of chipping on the edge.
Left side of brutally obvious Flying Buttress, the centerpiece of Popular End. Descend a gully to the right of the climb.
Initial slab is unprotected until its end. Otherwise, hand-sized gear works beautifully.
BETA PHOTO: The Flying Buttress Topo
BETA PHOTO: Flying Buttress Topo
The pleasant Flying Buttress, not really a suitabl...