mtndonkey wrote:Looking to head up and climb the SE Buttress this Saturday and just wondering if the typical crowds will have thinned out on this route now that is a bit later in the season. We will be getting an early-ish start but just trying to gauge how early we need to get going.
It is still not too late in the season. We were just there this past Saturday. There had been T' storms earlier in the week (Dana had a dusting on it,) but we had stellar conditions. And yes, lots of people. Prob. about 20 all told. All 3 var. were busy. The chimney creates a bottle-neck with a convergence of routes as does the final pitch above the big ledge. We avoided that section (the best climbing was below) and traversed across the 4th class face to the left and climbed up and over the crest to the left of Panic Pillar. We unroped, left gear there and 3rd classed the summit via the regular route. We were up and down pretty much by the time the parties we were waiting for arrived. Despite the crowds, everyone was cool and friendly. If weather turns out nice, it may get busy. Have fun.