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The Altar Buttress 

YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1700', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Joshua, Jonathan, Hunter, Ariel Reinig. First Ascent in entirety Joshua Reinig, Chris Norwood, Nicholas Fitzpatrick, Harrison Eberlin
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Joshua Reinig on Aug 8, 2015

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Description 

The 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.

Location 

Start as low and direct at the obvious toe of this giant elegant buttress via a super clean 5.4 finger crack. Throughout the entirety of this route bailing is fairly easy usually only requiring one -two rappels off the east side of the buttress. If you do make it to the summit, (Yes it has a bitchen technical summit) it will require two 30m rappels off the east side.

Protection 

Standard traditional rack gear to 3", 5" if you want to fire the direct 10a variation to the Black Tower Pitch!


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Rock Climbing Photo: Fitz with the Billy Goat Stoke on the Summit of Th...
Fitz with the Billy Goat Stoke on the Summit of Th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mr. Norwood firing the last crux 5.8R variation!!
Mr. Norwood firing the last crux 5.8R variation!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Hunter traversing the chill 3rd class pitch 9!!
Hunter traversing the chill 3rd class pitch 9!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Me and my Boy strung out on the alpine at the P10 ...
Me and my Boy strung out on the alpine at the P10 ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the start of P2!
Looking up the start of P2!
Rock Climbing Photo: Hunter on the War Bonnet Traverse!!!
Hunter on the War Bonnet Traverse!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit selfie time on the Altar of Algoot!
Summit selfie time on the Altar of Algoot!
Rock Climbing Photo: Hunter Reinig at the top of P2!
Hunter Reinig at the top of P2!
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Norwood climbing the Worm Hole variation to ...
Chris Norwood climbing the Worm Hole variation to ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jonathan Reinig climbing up the 5.8 variation of t...
Jonathan Reinig climbing up the 5.8 variation of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers navigating the P5 traverse!
Climbers navigating the P5 traverse!
Rock Climbing Photo: Fitz & Harrison negotiating the P5 Tower!
Fitz & Harrison negotiating the P5 Tower!
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Norwood sending the first crux, P4!!!
Chris Norwood sending the first crux, P4!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Norwood at the top of the Mystery Notch pitc...
Chris Norwood at the top of the Mystery Notch pitc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jonathan and Hunter shooting for the Mystery Notch...
Jonathan and Hunter shooting for the Mystery Notch...
Rock Climbing Photo: Norwood at his plush belay for the last pitch to t...
Norwood at his plush belay for the last pitch to t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying the ambiance before the wicked descent do...
Enjoying the ambiance before the wicked descent do...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fitz charging for the Summit!!
Fitz charging for the Summit!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading P1 after Josh & Hunter
Leading P1 after Josh & Hunter
Rock Climbing Photo: Hunter at the Top of the Black Tower Pitch!
Hunter at the Top of the Black Tower Pitch!
Rock Climbing Photo: Hunter Following P2!
Hunter Following P2!
Rock Climbing Photo: Fitzy bowing down to Master Fabio Norwood at the s...
Fitzy bowing down to Master Fabio Norwood at the s...
Rock Climbing Photo: Me at the Step Around Tower P7!!!
Me at the Step Around Tower P7!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Hunter way out there on the Step Around Tower!!
Hunter way out there on the Step Around Tower!!

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