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
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Airation Buttress:
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'
Featured Route For Airation Buttress
Camber 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c NH
: Cathedral Ledge
: Airation Buttress
This is one of my favorite climbs I've ever done. So much exposure, an intricate sequence, and good protection (at the crux, anyway) make it practically perfect in every way. Though 5.11b may seem a low grade by modern standards, you will find that you will work for this one both mentally and physically.Pitch 1: From the anchor at the top of the Saigon's, head up and left past a bolt, run it out a little farther left to another bolt clip this with a long runner, and run it out up and right to ga...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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