Buttress Glossary of Hiking Terms
Buttress: a prominent protrusion of rock on a mountain, often column-shaped, that juts out from a rock or mountain. They are often so distinct as to be named separately from the mountain they protrude from. Buttresses often make a viable bivouacking option on an otherwise steep mountain. Numerous in the mountains surrounding Whistler, the term buttress is frequently heard while hiking, scrambling, ski touring and climbing.
The Lions in Vancouver are separated by a prominent buttress. The West Lion is climbable via a difficult and dangerous Class 4 route, however the East Lion resides within Vancouver's watershed and prohibited from climbing.
The image below links to an aerial video from Panorama Ridge toward Black Tusk. Several buttresses can be seen around this magnificent mountain.
The buttress pictured below is located near the Wedge-Weart col separating these two huge mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park in Whistler. This prominent buttress juts out from Wedge Mountain and is involved in one of the routes to the summit of Wedge Mountain.
Wedgemount Lake itself is a magnificent destination for a day hike or spectacular overnight beneath the dazzling mountain peaks and stars. Wedgemount Lake is one of the most spectacular hikes in Garibaldi Park. Though it is a relentlessly exhausting, steep hike, it is mercifully short at only 7 kilometres (one way).
The elevation gain in that short distance is over 1200 metres which makes it a much steeper hike than most other Whistler hiking trails. Compared with other Whistler hikes, Wedgemount Lake is half the roundtrip distance of either Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge, for example, at 13.5k and 15k respectively (one way).
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