Muir’s East Buttress


In a way, I wished I'd never seen it. I was having a nice, easy backcountry skiing season, perfectly fine, and I didn't need any trouble. I didn't need to do anything special. I didn't need to be special. I didn't need to be obsessing about hanging snowfields and massive, dead-drop cliffs. And I especially didn't need to start a war between who I thought I was and who I wanted to be (more...)

— May 12, 2011

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents

Bill May 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Nice job Andy. Line 3 on the list that I've always wanted to try that you have now gone out and done. I'm jealous but happy to see you knock these lines off.

Gary Kleiger May 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Wow, that is just a superb trip report and what a killer line! Congratulations.

Matt May 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Wow. My palms were sweaty just reading this. Congratulations, even though I hope my own sickness never reaches that point :)

Dan Conger May 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

What a fantastic report. I love the way you document things like this in photographic detail. Only thing missing was your helmet cam. Would have loved to see the steepness as you skied down, linking turn to turn. What's next?

This is the 2nd report I've read where you ignored the little voice that told you about imminent death (Lone Pine Peak was the other). You two are nuts ... but clearly love the adventure.

Dostie May 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Well done! I resigned from that pay grade years ago, prefer the vicarious version these days. Thanks for the ride!

Steve Bellamy May 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm

What a spectacularly chronicled journey...great climbing, skiing, mountain, writing and feel!

Have now read it twice!

Trevor Benedict May 16, 2011 at 6:39 am

Nice work!!!......great to read that you got back up there and put that puzzle of a route all together.

Jeff S May 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

Amazing! Congrats Andy!

Chris May 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm

That may be my favorite piece of writing (and skiing) from you yet. Nice job!

Robert K May 19, 2011 at 5:21 am

Wow. Just... wow.

Jake A June 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

Amazing and Congratulations! Thanks for sharing such a mind blowing adventure. As usual, your trip reports allow insight into what is possible...when you want it bad enough.

Howie June 14, 2011 at 9:33 am

Andy, as always, a brilliant and honest account of a grand ski adventure in the High Sierra. You and Dave are like the Don Quixote and Sancho Panza of Sierra ski mountaineering. I love it! You So Cal boys have proven that this "unskiable" line on a 14'er is... well, unskiable. Nice to read about it and bummed not to run into you guys this season here in the mountains. Cheers!

Joseph October 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Andy, the photo on page 1 photo #3 "The East Butress" is positively stellar...

Meghan June 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

Wow! Inspirational! Well done!

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