Airation Buttress atop of the Thin Air Face
This section is perched atop of the Thin Air face. It is the whitish buttress at the very top of the cliff.
The best thing about Airation Buttress besides the killer routes is the exposure. You start from a ledge, so right away you are 400ft up so with little commitment you get the maximum experience. The ledge is spacious and tree-covered on the right and gets smaller the farther left it goes. You can access the ledge by parking on the road near the summit (look for a flat rock next to the road). Follow a trail toward the cliff and around to the ledge. You can walk right up to many routes without having to rope up. Airation (5.11a) and Pinetree Eliminate (5.8+) are two classics that are easy to get to.
The left-hand routes can be gained by traversing the ledge (rope up for this one) or climb Still in Saigon to Miss Saigon (5.8+). This will put you in the middle of the left side of the ledge just beneath Camber (5.11b), one of the most spectacular routes at Cathedral. Camber is also one of the first routes to dry after rain.
You can access the ledge by parking on the road near the summit (look for a flat rock next to the road). Follow a trail toward the cliff and around to the ledge.
The left-hand routes can be gained by traversing the ledge (rope up for this one) or climb Still in Saigon to Miss Saigon (5.8+). This will put you in the middle of the left side of the ledge just under Camber (5.11b).
Weather station 2.0 miles from here
17 Total Routes
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Airation 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches
Camber 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches
Clean Sweep 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
R Trad, Sport, 110'
Play Misty 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 55'
Heather 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, 100'
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Pine Tree Eliminate 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c NH
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Pine Tree is somewhat of a nemesis at the grade for many and a favorite to others. Though it is a crack climb, it is not very straightforward, and you might do well to keep an eye out for some foot holds on the face. Lots of jamming and some odd undercling jams will get you to my favorite jug at Cathedral at about halfway. Continue up some much more straightforward climbing to a root that leads to the top. At that point you can decide your ethics on grabbing the root or avoiding it.Pine Tree is ...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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