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The Oakey Buttress is on the western end of the west ridge of Cactus Flower Tower. It overlooks the first fork in Oak Creek. The buttress sits somewhat below and to the west of the Blood Wall, and is distinguished from that area by differing descent routes and character of climbing.
Approaches for routes on the east side of the formation (from Oakey Dokey and eastward) are probably best started by using the Blood Wall approach. To reach the western side (Cheap Drills and west), it is probably easiest to scramble up the left (south) branch of Oak Creek until reaching the area of The Condo, then climb up and follow a brushy ramp back downstream to the wide ledge area at the base of the wall. This area can also be reached by climbing a darkly varnished 4th class slab that starts in the main Oak Creek streambed a short distance above the departure of the Blood Wall approach.
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Cheap Drills 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c NV : Red Rock : ... : Oakey Buttress
From the slabs at the base of the wall, scramble all the way left on exposed 4th class terrain to a bolted belay station overlooking a big drop. Start here and climb straight upward, following thin cracks. Eventually, bear right and climb up to another bolted belay station. The second pitch goes up and slightly left until you can move back right on a rounded rib in the white rock. This will take you to a hand crack and the summit. There is a third bolted station next to the handcrack on the...[more] Browse More Classics in NV
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