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First Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.013, -105.308 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Mar 29, 2006
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The First Buttress doesn't have very much quality climbing on it; only a few routes have been done here.

Getting There 

Take the climber's access trail to the water pipe; go right to the first crag.


A. Flash Dihedral (Knapp Version), 6, 1p, 90', gear.
B. Flash Dihedral (Rossiter Version?), 8+, 1p, 70', gear.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in First Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for First Buttress:
Flash Dihedral (Knapp Version)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Flash Dihedral (Knapp Version) 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : First Buttress
This is the route Flash Dihedral as shown in the topo in Knapp's guidebook. I am not sure if this is the line referred to as an "obvious dihedral" in Rossiter's guide. See the other entry for Flash Dihedral for what is likely the 5.8+ done by Ament et al.Regardless, I really enjoyed this pitch. I liked it better than some of the other "classic" moderates on the Elephant Buttresses. It has clean rock, good fingerlocks, and solid gear. It's a worthy route and deserves its...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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