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Routes in The Adamants

Adamant-Turret-Austerity Traverse T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Mod. Snow
Direct Northwest Ridge of Outpost T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
East Peak of Gothics - "North East" Ridge T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
Houdini Needle(s) "Std" Route & Houdini-Pythias Traverse T 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
Iron Man- Gibson/Rohn T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Mt Thor - East Ridge T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
N E Ridge of Pioneer T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c A1
NorthEast Ridge Mt. Austerity (Nester Ridge) T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b WI3 A1
Pioneer via Pioneer Pass & East Ridge T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c WI2+
South Buttress, Adamant Mountain T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Stickle South Face T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A1-2 Easy Snow
W. Face of Quadrant's So. Peak ("Cross-Hall") T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A1 PG13
West Buttress of the Horn T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
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Type: Trad, Alpine, 2200 ft, 14 pitches, Grade IV
FA: Ted Davis and Budge Girke, July 1973
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Shared By: kyle lefkoff on Oct 4, 2012
Admins: Kate Lynn

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The South Buttress of Adamants is one of the classic south facing lines of the Ironman/Turrent/Adamants cirque that towers above the Austerity Glacier. Now that it's in Becky's 100 Favorites Climbs along with the Ironman, it's bound to attract more attention.

Three to four pitches of easy 5th from the toe of the South Ridge gets you to an obvious ramp, at the top of which are four pitches of splitter cracks and corners. A couple more pitches of grovely chimneys and 200-300 ft of short roping lead to three fine pitches and some scrambling to the summit snowfield, where one can find a perfect snow LZ, or continue across ramps and scree to the summit of Adamant, the highest peak in the cirque.


From the Austerity Glacier, attain the Adamant/Blackfriar col, and head directly up the South Buttress.

Many parties rappell the route, evidenced by the tat at each belay. Others walk off the summit to the West and back around to the Austerity Glacier.


Standard rack, light axe and crampons.



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