I don't have a good recollection of this climb. I'm writing this trip report more than two years after the fact and without any notes. But here's what I remember:

A good climb. Some really fun and interesting climbing, unfortunately broken by large bushy ledges. A good-looking line from the road, though.

The route is described in the Urioste's red book and follows a line just slightly left of the center of the Frigid Air buttress. It has 11 pitches; some of them are really short. I used the pitch numbering used in the guidebook on the figure captions but we ended up breaking the pitches a bit differently.

The first pitch goes up the right side of a black flake (5.7). If I remember correctly there is a bolted anchor at the top of the flake and I stopped there instead of following the thin crack above.

I started up the thin crack above, then traversed left toward the tree. The drag was not too much of a problem since we were climbing on doubles.

I think I might have combined (I don't remember exactly) pitches 3 and 4.

The 5th pitch is a really fun one and follows a 5.7 chimney with great pro. I usually don't lead any chimneys because I'm just a big chicken when it comes to climbing with sparse pro. Eric usually gets all the chimney pitches but I begged him to let me have this done!

Eric led the next 5 pitches. I think he combined pitches 6 through 8. The offwidth of pitch 6 and the chimney of pitch 9 provide good climbing.

I got the final pitch, a great 5.9+ finger crack, one of the best pitches on the route.

 

Frigid Air Buttress, Red Rocks, NV

October 16, 2004 / 5.9+, 11 pitches
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The Frigid Air Buttress. The route follows a line slightly left of the centre of the buttress.
 
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The route is shown in red.
 
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Lucie leading pitch 1 (5.7).
 
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On the thin crack above the flake (starting pitch 2).
 
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Traversing left on easy slab to the tree on pitch 2.
 
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Pitch 2.
 
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Starting pitch 3 (5.8).
 
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At the belay atop pitch 4, below the fun chimney.
 
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Pitch 5 follows a fun and well protected 5.7 chimney.
 
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Starting pitch 5.
 
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Ditto.
 
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Higher on pitch 5.
 
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Eric starting pitch 6 (5.9-).
 
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Higher on pitch 6 (we must have combined pitches 6, 7, and 8 somehow?).
 
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Eric starting up the chimney of pitch 9.
 
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Higher on the same pitch, stemming by the second chimney.
 
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Eric starting pitch 10.
 
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At the belay below the final wall.
 
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Lucie leading the final pitch, one of the best pitches on the route.
 
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Higher on pitch 11 (5.9+).
 
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Taking a break on the summit with Calico Basin in the background.
 
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Heading back toward the base of the climbing and looking up at climbers on "Come again", a line to the left of "Frigid Air Buttress".
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