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Castle Rock - Black Tower Buttress

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Castle Rock - Black Tower Buttress 

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Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 21, 2007
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This is a jutting, somewhat low-angled buttress with a vertical headwall above that's located just right of the Castle Rock - Southeast Face and literally around the corner from the Castle Rock - East Face.

Only one route climbs the lower portion of the buttress proper, but both Crossbow (5.8) and Black Tower Crack (5.7) ascend cracks that lead to the top of the buttress and the base of the headwall.

Three routes currently exist on the headwall with Headwall Center (5.10b) being the best. Descent is via rappel from the top of the formation.

Getting There 

Easily reached by walking around left from the east face or by heading right from the rest of the rock. See the main Castle Rock page for additional approach information.

3 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Castle Rock - Black Tower Buttress:
Headwall Center   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Headwall Right   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Start at a thin crack/seam and climb up to a bolt then make crux moves as you work left with good flakes for the hands and marginal feet to gain an obvious curving crack. Continue up the fun crack to it's end, pass a horizontal and then stand up on flakes to clip another bolt which protects moves over the shoulder and onto the slab above which is followed to anchors atop the tower. The protection is actually good on this route but until the 1/4" bolts with Leeper hangers are replaced this should...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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There is one route on this face w/ 2 old bolts (it starts outside of this photo and makes it way up towards the arete on the skyline). The other routes are on the other side.
BETA PHOTO: There is one route on this face w/ 2 old bolts (it...
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