Cutthroat Peak - South Buttress
Description: Cutthroat Peak is on the north side of Highway 20 just west of the Blue Lake trailhead. Navigating to and across the creek to find the climbers trail is a bit annoying, but perseverance will win out. I can't recall how the route pitches out, but its mostly mid 5th class climbing until the infamous tarzan leap. I went for full value by doing my best Tarzan impression across the leap on lead, but some more intelligently minded folks used finesse and climbing skill to delicately climb across it. The summit block has a nice 5.8 hand crack for about 15' but I recall the moves getting to the crack to be unprotectable and awkward, but I did this climb 7.8.09, which was 7 years ago, so...
Ed getting to the tarzan leap
Eric, leaping on the Tarzan Jump
Ed, finessing the Tarzan step across
Eric topping out the handcrack
the wild summit party
Downclimbing the summit block