A prominent rocky buttress offering numerous lines, mostly requiring mandatory air.

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139

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Severe

Description

A prominent rocky buttress offering numerous lines, A-Basin Buttress, which locals call Little AK for its similarity to large Alaskan spines, is for experts only.

The top of A-Basin Buttress is guarded by a few trees, which protect the entrance from cornice buildup.

The steep run falls away over the edge, with only the tops of small alpine firs visible from the entrance.

In good snow conditions, its possible to ski vertical spines over this rollover.

A narrow couloir runs diagonally along the bottom of the buttress, and can be accessed from the upper left.

Access from either Southback gate along the Throne ridge bootpack.

Traverse around the back of the Throne to Avalanche Basin (A-Basin).

Continue along the traverse behind this prominent feature and sidestep or boot back through the thin trees to the top.