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This is a good sized crag at Kootenai, with a decent amount of varied climbs and rock. The climbing here ranges from 5.6 to 5.13 with a large concentration of routes in the middle range. Trad routes are available as are sport lines.
This area is the first crag of rock you encounter after hiking up the main trail. There is a trail to the base that leans toward the west. When you approach this crag, you will see a flat rock pointing towards the creek. On your right there will be a couple of obvious big boulders, the trail begins there. The trail will take you to the base of the routes where War Pigs, ,11th Commandment, and Fire Drill start.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for First Buttress:
The Corner 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Iron Monger 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 100'
11th Commandment 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Razorback 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
The Tempest 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Town Pump 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Botulism 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
A Rockwork Orange 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For First Buttress
The Cowboy Ejector Seat 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b MT : Kootenai Canyon : First Buttress
The Cowboy Ejector Seat climbs through the intimidating and giant overhang on the first buttress. The climb breaks down into two sections as follows: The first section is very fun and juggy climbing which overhangs about 40 feet and goes to fixed draws hanging just below the lip. If you can climb this section it clocks in at around 11b/c and is worth doing by itself. The second section is the short but difficult crux. Clip the last bolt and get a good rest on some positive holds, and th...[more] Browse More Classics in MT
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