The PILLAR BUTTRESS

The PILLAR BUTTRESS is one of the highest, most remote formations and is accessible less than 3 months per year because of heavy snowpack, falling rock and quick onset of heavy weather. Only 3 lines exist here at present on the major column, the “Petite Marie”. It is wild up here, and more route potential definitely exists!PHOTO 1 is a closer view of the formation – the arrow points to “Petite Marie”, the largest, easternmost pillar (Photo: Jeff Flake en glissade). PHOTO 2 (thanks to Jeff Flake) is yours truly two easy ‘approach pitches’ up “Petite Marie” at an approximate elevation of 11,300′. *NOTE: Three lines continue from this belay. PHOTO 3 is taken from the top of the entire formation looking straight down towards the base of the columns and shows the entire 4 pitches up the columns.

The PILLAR BUTTRESS is one of the highest, most remote formations and is accessible less than 3 months per year because of heavy snowpack, falling rock and quick onset of heavy weather. Only 3 lines exist here at present on the major column, the “Petite Marie”. It is wild up here, and more route potential definitely exists!PHOTO 1 is a closer view of the formation – the arrow points to “Petite Marie”, the largest, easternmost pillar (Photo: Jeff Flake en glissade). PHOTO 2 (thanks to Jeff Flake) is yours truly two easy ‘approach pitches’ up “Petite Marie” at an approximate elevation of 11,300′. *NOTE: Three lines continue from this belay. PHOTO 3 is taken from the top of the entire formation looking straight down towards the base of the columns and shows the entire 4 pitches up the columns.

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