Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Elysian Buttress, Mt. Elden

Elysian Buttress Original Route
5.8 trad, 4 pitches
Derek on the 40 minute approach to the base of the route 
Evidence of the recent wildfires to torch the eastern flanks of Mt. Elden 
The Elysian Buttress
Derek working through the top portion of pitch 1  
Hanging out at the first belay
Derek moving the belay up to the large ledge between pitches 2 and 3
The Skyline Pitch (3) of the Elysian Buttress
Me leading the 3/4 pitches (they can be easily linked)
Me working through the steep and awkward chimney on pitch 4
Looking south towards Mt. Elden lookout
Derek cruising up pitch 3/4, after working through the chimney crux
Rappelling off Elysian Buttress
After 2 rappels, we hiked down the gully back to our packs