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|Type: ||Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, Grade IV|
|Consensus: ||5.5 [details]|
|Submitted By: ||Bill Duncan on Apr 3, 2011|
One route on the NE face of Pagoda.
The slabby wall to the left of the North Buttress contains several options for routes, but a line up the center/center left of the face is one of the good ones. This route was originally listed as taking 7 pitches to ascend, but with the advent of longer ropes and climbers more comfortable on easy or moderate terrain, 3-5 pitches seems more common these days.
The route ascends easy face climbing on moderate angle slabs to reach a system of shallow corners. Climb these as the route gradually steepens until the upper ledge is reached. Traverse right on this ledge to one of a number of easy summit pitches adjacent to or on the North Buttress.
Many variations are possible, all of about the same difficulty. This makes for a leisurely solo, if the North Buttress is already occupied.
Standard alpine rack.