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West Buttress

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Cryptogamic T 
Knobelty S 
Left Cheek, The S 
Long Toe S 
Middle Toe S,TR 
Pickin' It S,TR 
Sacroiliac Joint T 
Scratchin' It S 

West Buttress 

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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.

8 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Buttress:
Knobelty   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Well past the crux, John S. reaches the little roof on the upper half of Scratchin' It.

Scratchin' It 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : West Buttress
Climb the lower face on knobs, while the upper face becomes lower angled but a little slabbier. There is a crux on the lower face, then stepping across Cryptogamic onto the upper face....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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West Buttress, right side
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West Buttress with the West Face of the main formation in the background.
West Buttress with the West Face of the main forma...
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By RadTrad
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?