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North America, United States, California–Sierra Nevada, Whitney Portal, Corpus Christi Buttress

Whitney Portal, Corpus Christi Buttress. Between Whitney Portal and El Segundo Buttresses, and slightly above these formations are several large walls and buttresses. On Easter, Gary Slate, Fred Beckey and I climbed what we believe to be the first route in this area. The climb ascends a brushy buttress which rises up and left out of a recess. It cannot be seen from the end of the road, but is visible from the switchback below El Segundo Buttress. The first two pitches climb cracks on the right side of a pillar. Above, the crux pitch has two protection bolts, and two easier pitches lead to an indistinct summit. (III, 5.9.)

Alan Bartlett