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Southwest Buttress

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Southwest Buttress  


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Also known as the Summit Pyramid of Avalon, this is the first area of the Third Tier you see when hiking up the approach trail. It's a smooth wall about 50' above the trail. It is home to 4 routes:

A. The Solution, 10, 1p, 80', 4 bolts & to 2" gear.
B. The Resistance, 11, 1p, 80', 4 bolts & to 2" gear.
C. Black Tiger, 11, 1p, 100', 3 bolts & gear to 1.5".
D. Jaguar, 11, 1p, 70', 7 bolts & small to medium gear.

Getting There 

Take the trail up around the right side of the Wall of the Dead on the Second Tier. Shortly after the trail cuts back left, you will be below the smooth face of the Southwest Buttress.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.8 miles from here

4 Total Routes

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Approximately at the crux. Photo by Luke Clarke.

The Resistance 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Southwest Buttress
Begin with a finger and hand crack, then pull up and left to a stance beneath the first bolt, which is shared with The Solution. From the first bolt climb up and slightly right over ever more resistant terrain (and 3 more bolts). The crux is in passing the last two bolts. The solution holes vanish, though more holes are visible just above to lend encouragement. When the angle eases, climb to a 2-ring anchor on the slab. Lower off 80 feet. Crux Detour: It is reasonable to step right above...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Avalon Upper Wall Routes.  Photo taken from Upper Animal World.
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This is the most up to date image of the routes on the Southwest Buttress.
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This image is an overview of the Southwest Buttress of Avalon, taken from the east end of Animal World.  All known routes and approach trails are indicated.
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Black Tiger and Jaguar, Avalon Southwest Buttress
BETA PHOTO: Black Tiger and Jaguar, Avalon Southwest Buttress
RR setting anchors on Avalon, SW Buttress.  The hard work seems never to end. But it's good work.
RR setting anchors on Avalon, SW Buttress. The ha...

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By Richard Rossiter
Jul 23, 2006
A new trail leads to the bottom of the buttress and goes up along the south side to the top of the Southwest Buttress, though there is little need to hike this trail now that proper anchors have been installed for each route. From the point where the new trail meets the bottom of the buttress, scramble left and up maybe 25 feet to the beautiful Ledge With 3 Trees. All the routes but Jaguar begin from this ledge. Jaguar begins from the point where the new trail meets the bottom of the buttress.