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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

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- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Castle Rock - Black Tower Buttress
Headwall center belay view

Headwall Center 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Castle Rock - Black Tower B...
From anchors atop the buttress climb right a few feet to a bolt and then head straight up into a sweet, thin crack which leads to anchors at the top of the face. You may be able to link the approach pitch and this route into one longer pitch, but rope drag may be an issue; if considering this Crossbow is probably the better choice. Return to the ground in two short raps. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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