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West Buttress Eliminate
Avg: 4 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, 575 ft, 4 pitches|
|FA:||B. Ingle, P. Crew, June 1962 (Walsh's Groove: P. Walsh, 1959)|
|Page Views:||420 total, 6/month|
|Shared By:||Nick Russell on Jun 13, 2012|
|Admins:||Chris Owen, Euan Cameron, Nick Russell|
DescriptionFar from being a pointless eliminate (as the name may suggest) this is a fine expedition up the most direct line on the West Buttress. It consists of four varied, consistently brilliant pitches taking the main difficulties of the West Buttress head-on. The highlight of the route is Walsh's groove on pitch 3 - a mighty struggle for most, but one that will leave a tremendous feeling of satisfaction on reaching the top. This pitch was first climbed by a short-sighted Patsy Walsh, in mistake for a different route (Sheaf, takes a much easier groove to the right)
P1. Start at the base of the reddish groove, at the far left of the West Buttress. Steep moves gain the groove, which you then must exit almost immediately to the right via more steep climbing on good holds to land on grassy ledges at about half height. Proceed with difficulty up a slabby wall to gain a good ledge at the base of a left-facing corner. Protection is sparse on this pitch, with deck potential on the first half. However the crux moves on the slab are not too high above gear.
P2. Sustained, technical stemming/bridging up the corner above, sometimes making some thin moves on the left side slab. Protects better than the first pitch, but gear is sparse enough to add to the excitement. Belay a few metres below Walsh's groove at an uncomfortable stance on a large slung flake.
P3. Walsh's groove - this is what you've been waiting for! A fierce, narrow groove succumbs only to a variety of jamming, back-and-footing and swearing techniques, not to mention a good dose of persistence - don't expect this to be elegant! As you near the top of the groove, move out across the slab on the left at whatever point seems easiest. A good ledge, with brilliant exposure awaits, if you have the energy to reach it. Collapse and bring up your second.
P4. A few choices for this pitch. The most straightforward is to continue along the ledge, step down into a gully, and climb the easy slab (top of Longland's) opposite. Some 4th class terrain leads to the top of the cliff.