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Before the Williams guidebooks, Fern Buttress was considered part of Endless Wall.

Now, with many quality routes to its credit, and clear boundaries of Fayette Station Road on one end, and Fern Creek on the other, Fern Buttress has grown to be known as a destination crag all its own.

Whether it's the super clean, awe-inspiring bolted sport lines like Welcome to Conditioning and Just Send It, or the plethora of fantastic cracks, or the off-the-beaten-path short classics, Fern Buttress can be a welcome respite to the overwhelming crowds that can sometimes be found at moderate NRG sport crags. If you're new to placing gear, enjoy aesthetic classics, or if you enjoy tiny holds on immaculate faces, you'll find yourself right at home here.

Getting There 

There are three ways to approach Fern Buttress.

First, you can park in the designated pull off on Fayette Station Road. For any of the crags from Arm Forces area to Ritz Cracker, this is the best way in.

For access to the Fern Creek Falls area to Star Trek Wall, you can park in the Fern Creek parking area off Lansing Edmond Rd. Take the Endless wall trail in heading toward Fern Creek. When you get to the Bridge, you can either cross the bridge and continue to the Fern Creek ladders (which will actually spit you out on the opposite side of Fern Creek- at the beginning of Endless Wall) or you can hang a right at the bridge, skirt the lip of the cliff on a trail, and rap in. There is usually a makeshift rappel station on the tree above the 5.8 crack route Night Moves.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

65 Total Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',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, 80'   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
Jug Rash   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 70'   Ritz Cracker Area
Fall Line   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Fern Creek Falls
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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Two Bag Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Workmen's Buttress
Climb up the chimney formed by a detached block. Step left off the top of the block onto the face, clip a glue-in bolt, and then head into a small crack, finding gear as you go. From the seam, pull up onto a sizeable ledge. Follow smallish holds up to large horizontals trending left, toward the arÍte. Move across the arÍte to the left side, take in the view and exposure and follow generous but spaced horizontals to bolted anchors at the top.The direct start to this route is R rated unless you...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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