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Routes in Cathedral Buttress
|Aerial Boundaries T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Caveat Emptor T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Escape from Death T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Fountainhead T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13|
|Freedom Fighter T 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c|
|Snaz, The T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Sunshine Daydream T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, Grade IV|
|FA:||Yvon Chouinard, Mort Hempel, 1964|
|Page Views:||17,029 total, 119/month|
|Shared By:||Nick Stayner on Mar 6, 2006|
DescriptionA Teton classic. Classic crack climbing with lots of variety. The technical crux is a roof pull on pitch 4, while the physical lies in the consistent flake and wide crack movement of pitch 3. There are some notable variations: at the belay for pitch 3, move left for a 5.10 finger crack. At the top of pitch six, you can move 100' right for two more 5.9 pitches, Cousin Leroy. At the top of pitch 7, climb a three-tiered roof at 10+ instead of the .7 chimney. Also very good.
LocationSee the Cathedral Buttress overview for approach. If you're planning on rapping, the last reliable fixed anchor is atop pitch six. There is some tat at the top of pitch 8 that could get you down to the pitch 6 anchors, but at this point it's best to continue to the downclimb.
For detailed downclimb info, check out one of the guides. Basically, you continue up easy 5th class slabs for another 200', trending left. This brings you to a trail and eventually a couloir downclimb.