Route of the Week: Sublime Buttress

By Blake Herrington, 11 August 2013

  • DATE

    11 August 2013


    Blake Herrington


    Rock Climbing

The Sublime Buttress on Cathedral Wall was an excellent recent gem of a first ascent, picked by a team of locals who tackled this wall from the ground up. Their route is actually taller than many routes on the Diamond, and sits along the approach to the Cathedral Spires and Sharkstooth, making for obvious linkup possibilities. It sits lower in the valley than the park’s other long alpine routes, and the approach only takes about an hour and a half. Sublime Buttress can easily be rappelled with two ropes down the line of ascent, which makes it a non-committing option for days with questionable weather. And although the technical crux of the route is a steep crack on the second pitch, it’s the wall’s sustained Red Rock-style face climbing that makes this route a standout among the more typical cracks and corners that dominate granite faces in the area.

For more beta, check out’s page on Sublime Buttress [LINK].













Go-To Gear for Climbing in RMNP

Air Brake Gloves [LINK]

Ferrosi Hoody [LINK]

Rambler Pants [LINK]

Axiom Jacket [LINK]

Voodoo Pants [LINK]

Men’s Echo l/s Duo Tee [LINK]

Women’s Essence Hooded Henley [LINK]

Blake Herrington

Leavenworth, WA

Blake Herrington learned to climb as a teenager while working for a small bakery in North Cascades National Park. His first trips into the mountains instilled in him a familiarity with untraveled alpine choss and a love for remote peaks. Now in his mid-20s, Blake has lived in Denver and Bellingham, before recently settling into the mountain town of Leavenworth, Wash. He has established over two-dozen new alpine routes or first free ascents from Alaska, to Colorado to Argentina.

Blake is also a widely-published author, having contributed articles to Alpinist, Climbing and Rock & Ice. He has climbed sport and traditional pitches up to 5.13a, but considers diverse alpine routes the most engaging and inspiring sub-set of climbing. Despite savoring the alpine cooking of many climbing partners, he counts himself among the best camp chefs he’s had the opportunity to climb with.