The Altar Buttress
Avg: 3 from 7 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 1700 ft, 12 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Joshua, Jonathan, Hunter, Ariel Reinig. First Ascent in entirety Joshua Reinig, Chris Norwood, Nicholas Fitzpatrick, Harrison Eberlin|
|Page Views:||3,002 total · 101/month|
|Shared By:||Joshua Reinig on Aug 8, 2015|
|Admins:||C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionThe Altar Buttress is the longest moderate route in Idyllwild's Backcountry. Not only is it an Ultra classic full value adventure route, it also takes you to panoramic views of a beautiful alpine cirque.
Put on your all day shoes, buckle your chin straps and launch off on this magical 1700' ever narrowing and very exposed ridge of a buttress.
The Altar Buttress can be broken down into several obvious sections, the Mystery Notch Tower, the Black Tower, the Step Around Tower, The War Bonnet ect. Although pitching it out can be done in a number of ways. Overall rock quality is amazing and each pitch still has potential for new FA variations. In general stay as true to the ridge as possible the entire climb, traversing (right) around each tower encountered, immediately re-gaining the ridge.