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Fishstick Buttress T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Elevation: 10,581 ft
GPS: 36.461, -118.187 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Dave Daly on Jul 18, 2017
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

Situated in the Cottonwood Lakes Basin, this striking crag is a 'fly's cast' away from the Cottonwood Lakes Trail and two hours from the trailhead itself. In fact, its so close to the trail that it should be rightly called 'Barracuda Buttress'! Although this crag is hardly the sought out objective compared to monster crags of the region, the likes of Mt. Whitney or Mt Langley, it still begs the attention of climbers who desire a backcountry adventure.....without dragging a cabin load of goods to pull it off. Just grab the climbing rack and "go fishin'"!!

Getting There

From the town of Lone Pine, take the Whitney Portal Rd to Horseshoe Meadow Rd. Take a left on Horseshoe Meadow Rd, passing the Alabama Hills and winding up switchbacks to roads end at the Cottonwood Lakes TH parking area. The Cottonwood Lakes campground has several bear boxes near the trailhead, if the need to stash excess gear or food is warranted. Hike the Cottonwood Lakes Trail, just short of 3 miles, to a meadowed area while making two creek crossings along the way. The crag will come into view on the western side of the trail as one approaches the first creek crossing. The meadow, just 1/4 mile south of the Golden Trout Pack Camp, is the best location for establishing a camp or a turn off point to approaching the base of the crag. Additionally, the Cottonwood Creek flows right through the middle of the meadow and is a great place to top off the water bottles or soak the tired dogs while gazing upon the tasty granite flanks of Golden Trout Crag. For those considering climbing the crag, there are currently two established routes: 'Fishstick Buttress' (5.8R), FA Dave Daly and Deb Castro (9/2010), and 'Fish Fry' (5.8), FA Pat and Lori Brennan (9/2006). See the R.J. Secor 'High Sierra': Peaks, Passes and Trails guidebook for the later route in the Cottonwood Lakes Basin section.

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