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Slamdance Buttress

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A Coarse Line S 
Anchor Management S 
Blood Feud S 
Coors Flake S,TR 
Lap Dance S 
My Grain Headache S 
Rush Limbo S 
Show Me The Monkey S 
Sitting Duck S 
Slam Dunk S,TR 
Squiggles T 
Standing Ovation S,TR 
Tap Dance S,TR 
Western Swing S 

Slamdance Buttress  

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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 40.32363, -105.53417 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Jul 6, 2011
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Slamdance Buttress, far left. Photo courtesy of R...


This is an interesting chunk of rock. Its west face has some atypical stone in that it has waves, huecos, and bulges in a short, 40 foot vertical. It is reminiscent of some of the west and south faces in the Flatirons and some of the vertical rock in Red River Gorge. The base of some of the routes is a bit friable, so a spot may be in order.

Some of these routes on the west face may be doable for mid-sized kids and taller. The steeper nature of these west face routes may thwart smaller kids.

There are at least 6 routes it its west face, one on its southern edge, and low angle east face options here as well. There may be more routes than listed here.

Getting There 

There are 2 approaches to these crags:

A. The most straightforward is to park at the Lily Mt. trailhead which lies on CO 7 just north of Lily Lake and south of Estes Park. The parking is roadside. The hike is largely flat for ~3/4 mile. Just after a S-shaped set of switchbacks and then a Z-shaped set of switchbacks, the uphill-most cliff appears just feet away from the trail.

B. The other approach involves following a faint trail or slight bushwhacking along a section that was cleared for fire mitigation. Park shortly after mile marker 5. There are 2 small pullouts. The first is on the east side of the road. The second (smaller) is on the west side. Hike up shortly west of the east parking pullout just past a yellow left curve sign. If you get to a rockcut, you've gone too far south. Hike up perhaps 300 vertical feet to the crags. You will see My Grain Headache as you get closer.

This is the second uphill-most crag, and it lies maybe 50 yards downhill from the trail.


Actually, a left->right doesn't quite make sense for this crag.

Slamdance Buttress (West face)

A. Project (No More Mr. Gneiss Guy), 9?, to be bolted.
B. Anchor Management, 8, 1p, 30', bolts.

C. Slam Dunk, 9, 1p, 25', bolts.
D. Coors Flake, 9+ or 10, 1p, 25', bolts.
E. Standing Ovation, 8+ or 9, 1p, 25', bolts.
F. Sitting Duck, 10, 1p, 25', bolts.

G. Tap Dance, 8-9, 1p, 1p, 25', bolts.
H. Lap Dance, 8- or 8, 1p, 25', bolts.
I. Blood Feud, 9+ or 10, 1p, 35', bolts.
J. Western Swing, 9 or 10, 1p, 35', bolts.

K. A Coarse Line, 9 or 10, 1p, 35', bolts.
L. Show Me The Monkey, 10, 1p, 40', bolts.
M. Rush Limbo, 6, 8, or 9, 1p, 35', bolts.

East face

N. My Grain Headache, 8, 1p, ~30', bolts.
O. Squiggles, 5 PG-13, 1p, 100', gear.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Slamdance Buttress:
Slam Dunk   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   
A Coarse Line   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Coors Flake   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   
Show Me The Monkey   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Slamdance Buttress
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Rush Limbo 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Slamdance Buttress
This climb is airy, but it seems a bit contrived as you can drop the difficulty 2 grades by moving right of the bolt line. You can add a smidge of difficulty with a mantle start not stemming off the tree. At the second bolt, there are jugs to pull on along the bolt line.This route is climbable by kids.Rappel off a 2 bolt anchor.Rich informs it is "much easier if you use holds around the arête, maybe contrived but still fun"....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Slamdance Buttress (West face).  Photo courtesy of...
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