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Fern Buttress  


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Location: 38.0607, -81.0671 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ladd Raine on Apr 11, 2007
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Petey G. on the Orchard Wall classic Springboard.

Description 

This area is actually a way of denoting a larger group of areas that lie mostly west of Fern Creek and go almost all the way to Bridge Buttress.

This Area doesn't dry as fast as the rest of the cliffs on Endless Wall due to its very shaded nature. Try Diamond Point Area routes if it may be a wet day.

Getting There 

Use Fern Point ladder; accessible from Fern Point trailhead.

Alternatively, and preferably, most folks park near the bridge and hike east away from Bridge Buttress, you'll see a trail but no cliff, no worries it'll find ya!

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.0 miles from here

64 Total Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',7],['5.10',18],['5.11',15],['5.12',12],['5.13',2],['>=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 Fern Buttress:
Hysteria   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Orchard Wall
The Wrath of Khan   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Star Trek Wall
Emerald Dance   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 100'   Thieves Area
Goofer's Retreat   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Ritz Cracker Area
Two Bag Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Workmen's Buttress
Ritz Cracker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   Ritz Cracker Area
Triple Treat   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 70'   Orchard Wall
Crescenta   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Ritz Cracker Area
Fragile Ego System   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Wild Seed Area
Anal Clenching Adventures   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 50'   Orchard Wall
Springboard   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 70'   Orchard Wall
Two-Tone Arete   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Thieves Area
Shiny Faces   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 60'   Orchard Wall
Wild Seed   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   Wild Seed Area
Grand Space   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Orchard Wall
Fly Girls   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Wild Seed Area
Fall Line   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Fern Creek Falls
Jug Rash   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 70'   Ritz Cracker Area
Portly Gentleman's Route   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 70'   Orchard Wall
Welcome to Conditioning   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Just Send It Wall
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Featured Route For Fern Buttress
Jake at the anchors.  Great climb!

Wild Seed 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Wild Seed Area
A great route for the grade, worth coming to the area to do. Climb up very easy rock to reach the high first bolt. Continue up right of crack system over a slabby section until under roof. Traverse right about 8 ft. Climb straight up over steep rock(crux), following great jugs all the way to the shuts. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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