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Crescent Crack Buttress

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Final Link 
Great Chockstone, The 
Grunting Gringos 
Hand Jive 
If Looks Could Kill 
Interplanetary Voyage 
Kutcorner 
Lazarus 
Less Than Zero 
Lunge or Plunge 
Mexican Crack 
Missing Link 
Multiplicity 
No Jive Arete 
Paraplegic Ward 
Razor's Edge 
Ross Connection, The 
Ross Route, The 
Rotert's Rooter 
Short Corner 
Slam, Jam, Thank You Ma'am 
Waterslide 
Who's On First 

Crescent Crack Buttress 


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Description 

The climbing here consists of both sport and trad, mostly trad.The rock is bomber granite, similar to the rest of the canyon. Some of the classic routes are: Mexican Crack (.10a), Crescent Crack (5.7), Crack in the Woods (5.9), and Hand Jive (5.8?).You can rappel most routes from the top of the climbs with a single rope, except Crescent Crack, which is descended east into a gully. Buy beer at 7-11 at the base of BCC, or better yet, go to Wyoming!


Getting There 

Park in the Little Cottonwood lower canyon Park and Ride. Locate the climber's access trail in the lot's northeast corner (directly north of the restroom). Follow this trail east until you are directly below the Cresent Crack Buttress. Take the left fork and a short jaunt leads you to the base of Waterslide. Head left for the climbs.


31 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',3],['5.8',2],['5.9',6],['5.10',6],['5.11',10],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Crescent Crack Buttress:
Crescent Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Lazarus   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Hand Jive   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Crack in the Woods   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Crescent Crack Direct Variation   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Final Link   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 120'   
Paraplegic Ward   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A0     Trad, TR, Aid, 1 pitch, 80'   
3 Amigos   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Mexican Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Lunge or Plunge   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Missing Link   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches   
Multiplicity   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Who's On First   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Ross Route, The   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Grunting Gringos   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Closet Lycra   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
If Looks Could Kill   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a R     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
No Jive Arete   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Rotert's Rooter   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Long shot of LCC and the Mexican Crack

Mexican Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Crescent Crack Buttress
Mexican Crack is located toward the west side of Crescent Crack Buttress. It is the obvious left slanting crack seen from the road. Usually crowded. Start in dihedral up to jugs and pull onto face, delicately run up the seamy cracks to the leftward turn, smear feet below crack with hands in the crack to the chains. Good foot work saves the arms for the top of the route....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Crescent Crack Buttress from the road: 1-Mexican Crack, 2-Crescent Crack (straight up, then obvious curving crack to the right), 3-The Coffin
BETA PHOTO: Crescent Crack Buttress from the road: 1-Mexican C...
Black line = Sweet new grid bolt route on lcc granite.
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By Stevie Nacho
From: Utah
Mar 15, 2009

I was at Crescent Crack Buttress this weekend and discovered a chiseled boulder at the intersection of the trail where you go left to Crescent Crack Buttress or right to the Egg. The rock has two arrows with black tar in them and the words "Hong" and "Egg" chiseled in. It looks as though the criminal didn't finish carving "Crescent Crack Buttress" in. Maybe their wrist was tired. I've been climbing here since 1994 and I've never seen this graffiti.

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! PLEASE STOP!

Little Cottonwood does NOT need signs. If your are the person doing this, please stop. In fact, go back and attempt to remedy your shameful act. If you know the person(s) who did this, please beg them to stop.

With such descriptive guidebooks to the area, we do not need signs to help navigate to the crags and routes. I have found my way around crags throughout the western United States without signs. If I needed a sign I would go to Veyo, of the Gym.

Once again, please stop carving the rocks of Little Cottonwood Canyon.


Sincerely,

TROY D. ANDERSON

By Bill Bones
Mar 16, 2009

I have seen this rock too. I believe it is new either this year or late last year. This cannot happen. Please, if you are not thinking of what the repercussions could be for this act, check out other areas that are no longer climbable. PLEASE stop this. It is Graffiti no matter how you look at it. It is destroying and defacing rocks. PLEASE PLEASE STOP.

SHAYNE DURFEE

By Ryan Arnold
Jul 11, 2013

I didn't pay attention to the posted signs or the approach beta on this site, and got ticketed for parking in the small pullout across the road from the old approach trail.