This is the first major buttress at the RH end of The Pipes. Routes here are shorter, less serious and often sunnier. If you are not familiar with the Pipes then climbing a route on this buttress is less likely to end in an epic encounter.
Access to Northern Buttress is via the track from the LH end of the parking bay which crosses the Organ Pipes Track and continues on up the hill. Where the track meets the base of the buttress, go up R where the best routes are found on the sunnyside of the Lower Cliff. The LH side or darkside is more broken and is bounded on the L by Chockstone Gully, which leads up to the rear of the Notch.
The ridgeline of the buttress is split halfway along by a gap in the ridge known as the Notch. The pinnacle immediately L (east) of the Notch is Buttress Pinnacle (rap station). The cliffs R (west) of the Notch comprise the Upper Cliff area. The pinnacles along the Upper Cliff skyline form Sentinel Ridge (14). Descriptions begin with climbs on smaller buttresses on the R and uphill of the main Buttress and are described R to L.
Descent: Check each separate crag for details.
Weather station 14.5 miles from here
2 Total Routes
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Featured Route For Northern Buttress
Pulpit Chimney 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Australia
: ... : Northern Buttress
Great casual climbing with very straightforward protection and less exposed feel. It is possible to get down with one rope by rapping off the back side of the feature rather than down into the Chasm.Pitch 1: Climb directly up the chimney past the detached chockstones to a ledge below the Canopy Chockstone. Move R onto the face and mantelshelf up onto a ledge from where the chockstone can be surmounted - a committing but easy move.Pitch 2: Continue up onto the ridge to easier climbing and scrambl...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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