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|Observatory Buttress Direct Finish|| V 5|
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|180m. An excellent alternative finish to Observatory Buttress and other routes exiting onto the snow slope of the Girdle Traverse Ledge.
Start to L of the crest.
P1 - 60m. Trend leftwards up a series of grooves. Chamonix-style goulotte climbing.
P2 - 60m. Take the easiest line straight up, passing a series of tricky mixed rock steps until the angle falls back, and the snowy crest is gained.
P3 - 60m. Easy, but spectacularly positioned, climbing along the crest to the summit plateau. |
Photo: Lovely icy groove of Observatory Buttress Direct Finish. © stevef
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This climb is in 8 logbooks, and on no wishlists.
akhughes - Lead O/S - Mar/12
Great finish to an excellent route, lovely narrow grooves with plenty of ice in and a cool airy arete finish....spaced gear in places but top quality ice for climbing....
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Kiwi Steve
Traversed in from the top of the Original Route. The first pitch, which James led was in great nick, but the second pitch was quite thin, and only really protected for the large part by tied off screws. A great pitch regardless!
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 01/Mar/11 with James Kniffen
Great finish to a good route. Wasn't sure if it would go but ice was just thick enough.
Captain Solo - AltLd - 26/Feb/11 with Ewan
sgl - AltLd - 13/Mar/10 with pete
Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/08
Hidden - 2008
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/05