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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

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Buttress:
Middle Toe   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 45'   
Knobelty   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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The 4th class lower section. Nicer crack above.

Cryptogamic 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : West Buttress
The start isn't that great, but the upper half is why you climb this route. Fun stemming and liebacking up the corner. Probably a tad run-out to the anchors for beginning leaders....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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West Buttress with the West Face of the main formation in the background.
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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?