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First Whitney Winter solos of E Face and E Buttress?

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First Whitney Winter solos of E Face and E Buttress?

Postby zoomloco » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:37 pm

Reporting a Winter linkup, solos of the East face and East Buttress, 12h 45 min car-to-car on Feb 10. My 5th and 6th summits of this amazing mountain, and completely free of humanity except myself, very tranquil. I am wondering if this is the first solo linkup of those routes in Winter. I would have guessed it's been done but haven't found anything online.
TR is on the Pullharder Alpine Club web page. http://pullharder.org/2012/02/11/winter-whitney-linkup/

Since TRs that are not proprietary to summit post get pulled down, I guess this is the best place to put the link. If not, please let me know. Thanks.
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Re: First Whitney Winter solos of E Face and E Buttress?

Postby aran » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:44 pm

No idea on WFAs, but that was a great TR my friend. Your writing exudes tranquility- don't know if that's how it felt out there that day but it is a style of climbing aspire to, roped or not. Keep up the good work, hope to see you in the 'pine someday.
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Re: First Whitney Winter solos of E Face and E Buttress?

Postby Luciano136 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:07 pm

Impressive!! Nice work!
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Re: First Whitney Winter solos of E Face and E Buttress?

Postby asmrz » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:08 pm

If I remember correctly Mendenhall did both the FWA of the East Face and East Buttress. I'm pretty sure of the East Buttress, in the 50s with Wilson. Mendenhall wrote me a letter in 83 after Miguel Carmona and I did the East Face in winter and I wrote a short story about it in the Mugelnoos newsletter of the RCS. He mentioned something about Galen Rowell possibly doing the 2nd Winter Ascent of both in the late 70s. The solo FWA , I don't know. I would think that separately, you can assume they were done, the link-up, a good question.

In any case, wonderful outing! Congrats.
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