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Whitney Portal, Parisian Buttress, The Louvre

On May 27, Myles Moser and I climbed a high-quality route on the left side of the Parisian Buttress, a prominent formation along the Meysan Lakes Trail out of Whitney Portal. Three pitches of golden, knob-studded face climbing protected by bolts gave way to three more pitches of hand and fist cracks up a long left-facing corner system. We joined the original route on the formation, Arc de Triomphe (IV 5.10d), for its classic, exposed knife-edge summit ridge. We rappelled the line of ascent with double ropes. The climb houses a treasure trove of perfect gem-quality feldspar crystals, and keeping with the French-inspired theme we called it the Louvre (900’, III 5.10d).

– Richard Shore