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West Buttress

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L to R R to L Alpha
Cryptogamic T,TR 
Knobelty S,TR 
Left Cheek, The S,TR 
Long Toe S,TR 
Middle Toe S,TR 
Pickin' It S,TR 
Sacroiliac Joint T,TR 
Sciatica T,TR 
Scratchin' It S,TR 
Short Toe T,TR 

West Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.77629, -120.30903 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Paul Rezucha on Apr 30, 2010
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Knobelty (10a/b) on the rightmost buttress of West...


West Buttress faces south and gets lots of sunshine. Many of the routes are completely bolted, some with supplementary trad pieces wanted here and there, and a few completely trad. There are basically 3 sections. Two buttresses on the right and left of the obvious Butt Groove, and another slabby face left of the western most buttress. Easy to set up top ropes on all the routes. Route difficulty range from 5.7 to 5.10. A great beginning leader crag as the routes are low angle, have good protection, and most of the difficulty lies down low. A fun, small area worth visiting!

Getting There 

West Buttress is directly west of the lowest point of Sugarloaf's South Face. A few minutes walk following a small trail leads over to the base of this lower angle face climbing slab.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.3 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in West Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Buttress:
Knobelty   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Bryce starting the bouldery moves of Knobelty.  Yo...

Knobelty 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : West Buttress
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Rock Climbing Photo: West Buttress, right side
BETA PHOTO: West Buttress, right side
Rock Climbing Photo: West Buttress with the West Face of the main forma...
West Buttress with the West Face of the main forma...

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By Pablo-Roberts
From: Prescott, Arizona
Aug 1, 2010
Can you walk around and up to the top to set up TR anchors or no? do all the routes have to be lead?

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