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Routes in Snowdrift Buttress
|Sky Pilot T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 300 ft, 3 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||Lester Moore and Jarrett Tishmack, July 7, 2007|
|Page Views:||1,263 total, 10/month|
|Shared By:||Les Moore on Aug 17, 2007|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionSky Pilot has corners, roofs, traverses, enjoyable hand and finger cracks and good face climbing in a pristine, alpine setting. Sky Pilot takes the cleanest, most logical line up the center of Snowdrift Buttress on good quality alpine rock.
Pitch 1, 120 feet: Climb a small, smooth dihedral and exit left under a roof (5.8+). Follow moderate cracks up and left towards the obvious hand crack in the steep face above. Climb the steep hand crack as it goes up, cuts right, and goes up again (classic 5.9+). Continue in the crack as it traverses horizontally right around the arête to a prominent right-facing dihedral (fun 5.8+). Climb the dihedral for about 20 feet (5.8) and then traverse left to a large sloping belay ledge below The Tooth flake (bring small nuts and cams for the belay).
Pitch 2, 160 feet: Climb the left side of The Tooth flake to a stance on top. Climb over a bulge and traverse up and left (thin 5.10a face). Climb a steep section past The Bushes (5.9+) to a pleasant finger crack above. Traverse up and left across a well featured face under a vertical wall with a crack. Traverse left, stemming down and left (with your feet just inches above a roof) then pull over the bulge (nice 5.10a). Work up and left to a belay.
Pitch 3, 80 feet: Climb up and left around the prominent Ptarmigan Beak roof (avoiding the large loose looking blocks just under this roof) following broken mid-fifth class rock to the top of the buttress.
LocationSky Pilot follows the clean, well-protected line of cracks up the middle of Snowdrift Buttress. Sky Pilot begins in a small dihedral capped with a roof just left of the lowest point of the buttress.
To descend, hike down SW from the top of the buttress to an obvious saddle on the ridge line. Descend East from the saddle following scree and talus slopes (or snow) a few hundred yards back to the bottom of the buttress.