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The Third Buttress is the most popular of the Elephant Buttresses & is home to a number of good, moderate routes on solid rock: Standard Route, 7+; Monster Woman, 8+; Wingtip, 10c; Left Wing, 10c; What's Up?, 10d; and the impressive FM, 11c. This area can be quite popular. It does have the unique aspect that multiple of its routes start on or near an old pipeline.
Cross the bridge, go R, go up to the water pipe, and walk right, past the First and Second Buttress, to the Third Buttress. There are several prominent cables anchored from the pipe to the rock.
There are multiple options: 1) The most commonly used descent is the 4th class to low 5th class downclimb down the ramp, but this is exposed. This is not advisable with beginners or in the rain. 2) Scramble down between the Second and Third Buttress and rappel 90' from the tree atop Pine Tree Route. 3) If the water level is low enough, you can take the water tunnel between the Third and Fourth Buttress. Be prepared for darkness and wet legs/feet; watch your head in the tunnel. 4) If you're not in a hurry, you can walk down between the First Buttress and the Dome, and walk the water pipe back to the Third Buttress.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Third Buttress:
Standard Route 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches
Standard Variation 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 175'
Mojo Rising 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches
Ah Maw 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Left Wing 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Wingtip 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'
What's Up? 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 2 pitches
FM 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch
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FM 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Third Buttress
This route is on the Third Elephant Buttress, on the north side. To access it walk along the pipe till you reach a gully between the Second and Third Buttresses. Scramble about 20 feet up the gully to the base of the climb. This climb follows a left facing dihedral that begins about 40 feet up. The route is to the right of Left Wing and starts up a short face to an obvious, chalked finger crack. Make some challenging moves to gain the finger crack (5.10ish) and follow the crack a few moves to a ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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