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North America, United States, California, P 3129, Northeast Buttress

P 3129, Northeast Buttress. On November 7, Chris Breemer and I arrived at the base of Mount Morrison to find its north face out of condition, or at least out of condition for us. Rather than to go home without accomplishing anything on such a warm fall day, we decided to attempt a route on P 3129 (10,266 feet; .7 mile northwest of Morrison). We chose the easiest looking line, the northeast buttress, and climbed seven rock pitches of varying looseness and difficulty, the hardest being 5.4. The fourth and fifth pitches are the highlight of the climb as they cross an extremely narrow arĂȘte not visible from below. There is roughly 1000 feet of air on either side. Most of the route is somewhat loose 4th class.

John M. Climaco