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A small canyon cuts into the escarpment just north of the well known Illusion Crags. On the north side of this drainage, more or less at the entrance, is a 500' buttress which we called the Disappearing Buttress. Surely it's been visited by climbers over the years, and the January '09 parties found some old webbing at a rap station, but there's no record of these earlier groups.
Drive as for Illusion Crags (and on to Windy Peak) and park at any of several pullouts below the Illusion area. Hike across the desert and into the mouth of the canyon, and to the base of the buttress.
From the shoulder at the top of the buttress a long, spacious ledge system angles west beneath another tier of cliffs. Walk and scramble along this, crossing a couple of very minor ridges, to a wide slabby gully. Go down the gully to the slopes below. From this point it is probably easiest to pass right (south) of the small outcrop, then contour east toward the toe of the buttress.
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Sunday Cruise 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
Prime Rib 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Ms. Management 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 5 pitches, 600'
No Country for Young Men 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
Missing Nothing 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13 Trad, 5 pitches, 600'
Vanishing Act 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c Trad, 500'
Maraschino Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Haul for Nothing 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
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Missing Nothing 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13 NV : Red Rock : ... : Disappearing Buttress
This is a nice route- nothing spectacular, but it has a couple of really nice pitches on it mixed with a couple of okay ones. Start at the base of the very obvious chimney on the east face of the buttress. Pitch 1: Climb the chimney to a ledge 5.8, 80' Pitch 2: Climb straight up the crack, crossing two short face sections until you reach another crack- ascend this to a nice ledge. 5.8, 80' Pitch 3: Head up and right, aiming for the very nice looking seam on an orange headwall. Look at it fondly ...[more] Browse More Classics in NV
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