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Burning Buttress

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Broken Sling T 
Burning Calves T 
Chorus Line T 
East Meets West T 
Grace Note S 
Happy Hands T 
Rod Serling Crack T 
Ruchert Motion S 
Spiderwand T 
Sportster, The S 
Steve Martin's Face T 
Stuck in Another Direction T,TR 
Wham Bam Thanks for the Jam T 
Will To Power, The T 

Burning Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.05274, -81.03344 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ladd, Chris Whisenhunt, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Ladd on May 18, 2007


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Easy bolted lines are the only thing in short supply here. From difficult, slabby sport lines to corners and roofs, to beautiful plumbline cracks- Burning Buttress has something for almost everyone. Known for its concentration of quality 5.10 gear lines foremost, but also a good destination for the >5.12 sport climber.

Getting There 

From The Brain, head upstream keeping the rock to your left. Five minutes you'll see a clearing with stellar cracks in the wall. This is Burning Buttress.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Burning Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Burning Buttress:
Happy Hands   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 80'   
Broken Sling   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 80'   
Burning Calves   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 70'   
Spiderwand   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 80'   
Wham Bam Thanks for the Jam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 70'   
Rod Serling Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 75'   
Steve Martin's Face   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 80'   
The Will To Power   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Grace Note   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   
Chorus Line   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 90'   
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Featured Route For Burning Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: Fist jammin with a huge stem

Spiderwand 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Burning Buttress
Awesome, acute corner that brings to mind a few routes I did in Yosemite. Pulls out under a big roof at the top on great jugs. Physical, but with good body english. Large hands are helpful... the bottom 40' were sort of strenuous cupped hands for me. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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By Jeremy Steck
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 25, 2007
In the heat of the summer, this area stays in the shade until about noon.
By camhead
From: Vandalia, Appalachia
Jun 17, 2014
This is a strange description for this area; just dwelling on the heat and winter-ness of this crag. For what it's worth, I climb here not infrequently in the summer; as Jeremy says above, the area around Burning Calves is in complete shad ein the morning, and gets ample tree shade even after that. Around the corner, the Steve Martin's Face/Chorus Line area gets afternoon shade. Will to Power and Sportster do get sun pretty much all day, though.

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