Album: Mount Whitney (24x) - East Buttress
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- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Our rack. We cut this down by 3 cams. We brought 9 regular cams, 2 Link cams, 15 nuts, 29 wiregate biners, 6 short Mammut runners, 6 long Mammut runners, 6 locking biners, 2 nut tools, 2 cordalettes, 2 rap rings, 1 quicklink, and 30 ft of webbing.
8:42am. We make our way up to the East Buttress.
Starting our way up to the base of the East Buttress
Approaching the PeeWee (the protruding block in the center of the photo)
The bottom of the PeeWee (a unique feature along the route) is an intriguing piece of rock
At this point we had a number of options. I ended up trying the crack/corner on the left but that turned into an offwidth.
Our last full pitch (5.6) went up here. I first tried a corner just off the right of the photo but it turned into an offwidth and I had no way to protect it.
An interesting rock next to where I belayed Mike for our last full pitch (we did one more very short pitch just below the summit)
Wow! We thought we were pretty much done until we rounded a corner and saw this. We still had a little work left to do.
Descending the Mountaineers Route under dimming light
Finally, after a 21 hr day, we return to the Portal. 1:42am.
Last full pitch. The first half is just class 3/4. The middle has a 5.6 chimney.
Though late it was a beautiful time of day to be on Whitney's summit
Yellow: Class 2/3 approach to start of EB and EF routes. Red: The East Buttress