Colchuck Peak, Northeast Buttress

24 August 2006

Colchuck Peak Colchuck Peak

Colchuck Peak's Northeast Buttress Colchuck Peak's Northeast Buttress
Topo/NE Buttress Route Overlay

Just what the doctor ordered: a fun cruiser on alpine granite with spectacular scenery. Colchuck Lake below us, a glacial remnant to cross, and lots of granite to scramble with a crux here and there. I like easy climbs.

approach Tony approaches the climb.

junk show Tony enjoys the junk.

belay Tony belays me while enjoying the view.

simulclimbing Tony simulclimbs the long ledge.

climbing Tony climbs the last piece of our second simulclimb, on which I had him belay me when it got interesting.

We went right at the last steep headwall. There was a really clean, steep crack that looked doable, but it definitely didn't look like a simulclimb pitch to me, and I didn't want to interrupt the flow. I'll give that a go if/when I hit this route again.

summit Tony enjoys the summit.

Colchuck Glacier Tony descends the Colchuck Glacier.

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