North Buttress

Type: 
Alpine
Description: 
Descending from Le Blanc Glacier, if the narrow gully is broken head on to a ledge on its true left (just above where the gully narrows). Three 50m abseils to valley floor. The bottom half of the buttress is actually two ridges which merge at half height. The left one (looking up) has better rock, easy soloing (grade 10) for 500metres till reaching a snow shelf. Head up and start again up ramps on the upper buttress. Another 100 metres of solid grade 12 solo, then 500metres of sustained grade 14-17 climbing (20+ pitches, we simul-climbed some sections). The technical crux is high on the route. Overall, the climb increases throughout in technical nature and commitment, including very exposed summit ridge traversing. The rock is generally of good to very good quality with enough protection, although there are some loose plates high up.
Pitch(es): 
#EwbankAlpine (Technical)Alpine (Commitment)Alpine (Mt Cook)AidWater IceMixedBoulder (Hueco)LengthBoltsTrad
1175+1100mYes
Grade: 
5+ 17
Quality: 
0
Gone: 
0
Length: 
1100m
Bolts: 
0
Natural pro: 
1
Ascent: 
Kynan Bazely, Paul Hersey, January 2006
UUID: 
591a96e9-5a59-4d76-8d69-e1f2d068568d