Quick Silver (variation on Muir Buttress)
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Top of Muir Buttress.
This would be a two out of five according too mike and that is a good assessment. On the right front of Muir Buttress is a classic outcropping of rock above a few trees. I went too this outcrop by a long and high up traverse from the slab left side because of loose rock possibilities. This caused some rope drag and the traverse is not needed. Belay can be directly below leader on the ground.
After the trees onto the classic outcrop of scary looking giant blocks and climbing where these met the cliff I went up. the upper section that solid enough goes to the several feet of wide crack of the short pillar to its small square top. Very nice feature. Above the stance is the crux face of three side by side perplexing finger cracks too a easy looking finish that actually has poor hand smears while shoes skidding up the lichen crux. Rope drag and the crux being very lichen cover stopped me after several tries and rather than aiding, a pin and small stuff created a belay. Mike did an excellent on sight made it lead. Directly up and many feet higher right is Muir's route belay. We did Muir's second pitch. it goes directly up from here and right onto ledge or move left too the obvious blocks weakness in the Buttress above. From the left side of the ledge at large block directly up from there to gain diagonal ramp. take ramp to its end and go up smooth rock notch. up that to the belay. More like the retreat station belay because the yellow/orange infamous dike pitch is pitch three. I won't do it. put some new anchor rope onto the belay. Guide books have this route's description too the yellow dike complicated. I don't expect too see this route getting any ascents and the retreat slings and the original giant ring pin that is up there has not had any visitors in many years for retreating. I missed a newer rappel station to the right ten feet. Its bolted. The regular first pitch to Muir's that went through large blocks, this section is gone. its doable and moderate 5.8 or harder.
Right front of Muir Buttress. Rappel at top of Buttress or continue. now there is a bolt with two old pin and new rope sling for a safer rappel.
#1 smallest cam and a regular light rack with #3 cam size have a few in that size range. Tri cams #1/2-3 are useful.
Mike putting gear after the twelve foot very liche...
BETA PHOTO: Muir Route is the orange line and Quick Silver is ...
|Comments on Quick Silver (variation on Muir Buttress)
By Mike C. Robinson
From: Rumney, NH
May 8, 2013
Good outing with Bradley, the first pitch is descent and exciting, mostly 5.6/5.7 climbing with a 5.9ish top out.