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 MountainProject.com’s page on Sublime Buttress [LINK].
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