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The climb from the 14,000 foot camp, up the fixed lines and onto the West Buttress itself.  The Rescue Gully and the Messner Couloir are just out of the photo on the right.  This part of the route is the limit of my first hand knowledge (and photos) of the West Buttress, as I've climbed the Upper West Rib from this point.
The West Buttress camp at 14,000 feet, viewed from a point below the Orient Express, on the way up the West Rib cutoff.  The tents on the left side of the camp are staffed by the National Park Service, and typically include a rustic medical facility.  The ascent to this camp is via the boot track that is visible beyond the camp.  There are ice climbs on the steep ground above the boot track, on the flank of the West Buttress.  The West Buttress route ascends fixed lines on a slope that is just out of the photo, on the right.
balmy day at 17 camp, 16 June 2008
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balmy day at 17 camp, 16 June 2008

Submitted By: mark55401 on Nov 7, 2011
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West Buttress (Mod. Snow )
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