Type: Trad, Alpine, 1000 ft, 5 pitches, Grade III
FA: Alpine Monkeys
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Shared By: Joshua Reinig on Jun 23, 2016
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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The Paisley Buttress

This majestic and elegant line follows the large obvious protrusion jetting down the North Face of the Altar. The most natural line flowing up this false buttress streams up and right, following the right trending arch system to the large gully / ramp system, never quite gaining the ridge of The Altar. It will top out in the final notch just below the true summit and just after the false summit. I feel like it is a 1000' back country version of The Trough, with a super splitter 150' cutter crack pitch thrown in the mix!!!


Start 100 yards right of the Altar Buttress route, just right of a large left trending chimney system which is the main feature separating the beginning of The Altar Buttress from The Paisley Buttress.
The first pitch of the route starts via a cool right facing flake and quickly turns into a finger crack that jogs left then, straight up again to a loose boulder struned ledge.


Pro to 4" most anchors are off of bomber trees.


Alex Fletcher
Anaheim, CA
Alex Fletcher   Anaheim, CA
Fun route. Only 2 or 3 real pitches depending on how you look at it though. Tons and tons of 3rd and 4th class after the first few hundred feet. Dec 8, 2017
Jake Ryan
Gilbert, AZ
Jake Ryan   Gilbert, AZ
We did the first five pitches and had a good time. That second pitch crack is the money. If climbing this be aware that there is a load of scrambling for the top out.

I was curious, does the top out go a tad right as you scramble up after pitch five?

I think we may have tagged a variation. We ran up a few pitches worth of 3rd and 4th class after finishing the Paisley Buttress pitches and strayed hard left towards summit and added two full climbing pitches (one up a load of vertical cracks that were shedding and then a chimney with some seriously loose jazz) up to right below the true summit. I think all in all we did about 10 pitches worth of climbing/scrambling with 3-4 of actual climbing. We screwed around calling our added little portion the "Human Sacrifice Variation" for we felt like lambs on the altar there for a little bit. Jun 10, 2018