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210m, 5 pitches. Three stars are not enough for this superb mountain route. The climbing is good but above all the views, positions and the building tension as height is gained, make this an awesome proposition, especially at such an accessible grade. Start early to avoid getting stuck behind slow parties.* [ Moderator says: There should be absolutely no reason to get stuck behind slow parties on this climb, unlike many classics. The classic aspect of the climbing here is not the exact line but the mountain - the climbing being equally stunnning and of similar grade anywhere on the face]. Supertopo shows three routes up the Southeast Buttress A, B and C, but with imagination there are multiple variations. While the primary route 'A' aims for the classic chimney in the middle - very enjoyable - there is no reason why the dihedrals to the right or cracks and ribs to the left should not equally beckon. While all routes do bottleneck below the final belay, the 5.8 variation offers a good 'nip past of slow parties' without overlap.

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Chris H's 100 Mega Classic Trad , Big Routes , Tuolumne Easy Classics , Fred Beckey's 100 Favourite North American Climbs , The Awesome High Sierra

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