Type: Trad, 250 ft, 4 pitches, Grade II
FA: FA: Scott Baxter, Jim Whitfield, Aug. 1971 FFA: Scott Baxter, Karl Karlstrom, Nov. 1971
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Shared By: arjunmh on Mar 7, 2006
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Access Issue: Falcon Closures from February 1st until July 15th Details

Description

Reunion is an excellent line found on the left side of the Flying Buttress. While the middle two pitches aren't the best in the world, the first is pretty okay, and the last one is maybe the best finger crack on the Mountain! As the story goes, when Baxter freed the last pitch, he went up with a few nuts, and ran out towards the end of the pitch. Facing retreat or pushing ahead, he cast out on the finish and pulled off a stylish ascent in bold style!

Start at a nice left-facing corner leading up to where it joins The Classic at a big ledge with a tree.

Pitch 1) Climb the nice left-facing corner (5.7), move left near the top and then continue to big ledge with tree.

Pitch 2) Climb up the corner behind the tree as if starting the Classic Chimney pitch, but break right out across the crack and slab leading out right to the base of a big block and a bolted semi-hanging belay.

Pitch 3) Climb left side of block (5.9+). The start is awkward and it's hard initially to get pro, but the finish is awkward as well, so it's consistent. Watch out that you don't fall off and land on your belayer!! Climb up to belay below the last finger crack pitch. This pitch is only about 40-45 feet or so.

Pitch 4) Climb the incredible-looking hockey-stick-shaped finger crack on the left side of the slab. Can't miss it. Excellent pitch!!!! This will put you atop the Flying Buttress. Do either the High Exposure Exit, the Beaver Cleaver, or descend to the Coke Bottle raps from here.

Location

Left side of the Flying Buttress, starting below a left-facing corner system just right of a tree (same start as the Crack Lovers Variation of The Classic).

Protection

Standard rack.

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