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Good Topos of Frigid Air Buttress are hard to find, and just don't exist in current guidebooks. Enjoy.
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Bruce Bindner
Dec 20, 2008
Good Topos of Frigid Air Buttress are hard to find, and just don't exist in current guidebooks. Enjoy.  
Aaron S  
Late exit info printed on the topo is clutch. Feb 5, 2009
A few observations on the topo:

1) If you have a 60 m rope (especially 60 m doubles) it is no problem to link pitches 1 & 2 and 3 & 4. In other words, after 2 pitches you should be on a huge ledge at the long curving chimney marked as belay 4.

2) I got off route "looking for" the ledge marked as belay 3 on the topo. Turns out I was already above it, and I ended up in an uncomfortable slot 20 feet above and well to the right of the ledge marked as belay 4. The section between 3 and 4 is an exposed but easily protected traverse. It is much less than 100 feet. Again, don't bother with this belay if you have a 60. (And if you have a 50 m rope, you should be more worried about how you are going to do the rappels.)

3) The section marked as "5.8 fist or OW" is unambiguously offwidth. I have long arms and big hands and I could not have easily fist-jammed this section. You'll need big pro and some offwidth skills to lead this comfortably. Mar 20, 2011
Jim H
Pasadena, CA
Jim H   Pasadena, CA
  • ** Warning ** This topo is missing the last pitch and is misleading. DO NOT stop climbing after the crux headwall (and the 5-easy 10 foot steep section after that) INSTEAD continue up the low-fifth sloped buttress above.

If you see a large pine tree down the gully directly to your left you are NOT on the summit, despite what this topo may mislead you to think.

I'll try to draw a better, accurate topo soon, but this correction was needed. May 1, 2017

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