East Buttress, Mt. Whitney 5.7
High Sierra, California USA
Avg time to climb route: 4-8 hours
Approach time: 3-6 hours
Descent time: 3-6 hours
Number of pitches: 11
Height of route: 1000'
OverviewThe East Buttress may be the most popular climb in the High Sierra. While it does not have the well-known history of the East Face, it is arguably a better route. Unlike the East Face, which makes challenging traverses between long sections of 3rd class, the East Buttress climbs a sustained arÍte with short 5.6 or 5.7 sections on almost every pitch. The route involves 20-foot doses of steep and exposed terrain between sections of ledgy climbing.
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