Elevation: 984 ft
GPS: 44.063, -71.166 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: lee hansche on Feb 16, 2007
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Description

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

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
 261
Pine Tree Eliminate
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Tabu
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 137
Airation
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 42
Camber
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
 3
Clean Sweep
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
 4
Kill Your Television
Trad, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 10
Play Misty
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 8
Reach the Sky
Trad, Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Room with a View
Sport, TR
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 11
Heather
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 4
Tourist Treat
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pine Tree Eliminate
 261
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Tabu
 6
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Airation
 137
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Camber
 42
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Clean Sweep
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad
Kill Your Television
 4
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad, TR
Play Misty
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Reach the Sky
 8
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Room with a View
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Heather
 11
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Tourist Treat
 4
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad
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