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|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, Grade II|
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|Shared By:||Julian Smith on Jul 13, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
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There are numerous starts to this climb and others on the left side of the 1st Buttress. Most of the starts can be referenced from the base of Hallett Chimney. Easy ramps lead up and to the left. As the ledges are climbed, weaknesses will appear, leading upward to the right, into the bowels of the face. Chose your path. The goal is to reach a series of ledges in the middle section of the face described as the white bands. Lower angled slabs with cracks and the occasional shallow corner mostly characterize the climbing found on the initial pitches. Don't worry about being off-route as there are multiple ways to go. The best start would be to do the initial pitches of the Great Dihedral. Eventually scramble up to the highest of the ledges in the white bands. Scramble up and left across a broken face and large blocks to reach a grassy ledge on the lower right side base of a prominent tower.
Climb 2 pitches up the left most of two, right-facing dihedrals. The dihedral can be climbed on both sides and finishes on the right with interesting face climbing through loose blocks. Scramble over easy ground to the top of the buttress. 5.5.
For a descent, it is best to use the East Ridge. You are on top of it when you top out on this route. Head left and look for cairns. The cairns lead to a set of chain anchors. One 100 foot rappel will lead to ground that is safe to scramble down. Follow cairns down towards the low spot in the ridge. Look for a very faint path leading off to the left. There should be cairns marking the way. At all costs, avoid getting into the obvious snow or scree gully that is in front of you. Eventually a small col will be encountered where the option exists for easily dropping into the ugly snow or scree gully mentioned before, or turning to the left and having a delightful trot down ledge systems that make up the lower section of the 1st Buttress. Cairns mark most of the way and after a while it becomes obvious which way to go. This descent brings you back out at the base of Hallett Chimney.