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Elevation: 984 ft 300 m
GPS: 44.06337, -71.16628
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Shared By: Lee Hansche on Feb 16, 2007 · Updates
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, Lee Hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan S, Robert Hall

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This section is perched atop of the Thin Air face. It is the whitish buttress at the very top of the cliff.

The best thing about Airation Buttress besides the killer routes is the exposure. You start from a ledge, so right away you are 400ft up so with little commitment you get the maximum experience. The ledge is spacious and tree-covered on the right and gets smaller the farther left it goes. You can access the ledge by parking on the road near the summit (look for a flat rock next to the road). Follow a trail toward the cliff and around to the ledge. You can walk right up to many routes without having to rope up. Airation (5.11a) and Pinetree Eliminate (5.8+) are two classics that are easy to get to.

The left-hand routes can be gained by traversing the ledge (rope up for this one) or climb Still in Saigon to Miss Saigon (5.8+). This will put you in the middle of the left side of the ledge just beneath Camber (5.11b), one of the most spectacular routes at Cathedral. Camber is also one of the first routes to dry after rain.

Getting There Suggest change

You can access the ledge by parking on the road near the summit (look for a flat rock next to the road). Follow a trail toward the cliff and around to the ledge.

The left-hand routes can be gained by traversing the ledge (rope up for this one) or climb Still in Saigon to Miss Saigon (5.8+). This will put you in the middle of the left side of the ledge just under Camber (5.11b).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Airation Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 390
Pine Tree Eliminate
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
Goofer's Delight
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Tabu
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Chockstone Crack
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 188
Airation
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 62
Camber
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
 5
Clean Sweep
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 19
Reach the Sky
Trad, Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
 9
Kill Your Television (Mid-Cliff…
Trad, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 19
Play Misty
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Room with a View
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 4
Camber With A View
Trad, Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 20
Heather
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 6
Tourist Treat
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pine Tree Eliminate
 390
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Goofer's Delight
 15
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Tabu
 14
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Chockstone Crack
 5
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Airation
 188
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Camber
 62
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Clean Sweep
 5
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad
Reach the Sky
 19
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport
Kill Your Television (Mid-C…
 9
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad, TR
Play Misty
 19
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Room with a View
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Camber With A View
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad, Sport
Heather
 20
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Tourist Treat
 6
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad
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