From the town of Lone Pine on Highway 395, head west on the Whitney Portal Road. For El Segundo Buttress. Follow the road until it makes a single switchback near the top of the road. Above the east end of the switchback two buttresses can be seen ( there is a gully with trees between the two buttresses ). The left buttress is El Segundo, the right one is Premiere.
Start on the right side of the buttress to the right of a large tree. Pitch 1 - either follow a 3rd class ledge left to a left facing open book ( 5.7 ) or climb a right facing corner ( also 5.7 ) up to the left facing corner. belay at a ledge. Pitch 2 - face climbing left of a left facing corner leads to a 3rd class ledge. Climb up a chimney to a chockstone, traverse right and climb cracks to a belay ( 165' , 5.5 ). Move your belay up a few feet ( class 3 ) to the next start of difficulties. Pitch 3 is class 4 and leads to a ledge. Pitch 4 - climb up to a bush ( 5.6 ), then climb up and right past a tree to a belay tree ( some 5.8 ). Pitch 5 is the crux - face and crack climbing ( 5.8, A1 or 5.9++ ) leads up and right to a ramp ( class 4 ) which is followed up and left.. Traverse right on face / knobs ( 5.4 ) to a crack and a belay tree. Class 4 climbing leads to the top.
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Nuts and Friends / TCU's - tiny to 3 1/2". To climb this in Fred Beckeys original style ( with aid ), carry 2 bathooks.
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