Mount Moran, Pika Buttress. Between the northeast and north ridges of Moran are two prominent gullies separated by this buttress. Both the gullies and the buttress terminate at the north ridge short of the north summit. The first ascent of Pike Buttress was made during July 27 and 28 by John Neal, Jim Kanzler, and Paul Myhre; the name was derived from the abundance of friendly animals met during the climb. This enjoyable route was on generally easy rock with a number of good pitches; eight nuts were used for protection.