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Flying Buttress 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 55'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Fergus Graham, 1922
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Submitted By: rdlennon on Nov 17, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: The Flying Buttress Topo


What steepness and exposure for a HVD (5.5)! The original line of the buttress, Flying Buttress takes a devious line through the steepness on giant flakes and jugs. An intimidating but easy climb. Begin on the left side of the slab. Protect in a flake at 15 feet, and continue off the upper left hand corner of the slab. The next section is the crux: stand up into a slot, protect, and make a funky move or two to gain the upper flake. Cruise this to a ledge at the top and make a final exhilarating mantle on huge jugs. Note the bizarre chipped footholds near the top; one of the few instances of chipping on the edge.


Left side of brutally obvious Flying Buttress, the centerpiece of Popular End. Descend a gully to the right of the climb.


Initial slab is unprotected until its end. Otherwise, hand-sized gear works beautifully.

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By Scott Phil
From: NC
Dec 14, 2013

This Silent Movie includes a 1940s ascent of Fly Buttress beginning at the 11:00 minute mark.

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