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Yellow Knife Buttress 


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Submitted By: lee hansche on Jan 25, 2007
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Description 

Yellow Knife is an out of the way crag that sees so little traffic that the holds normally don't even have chalk on them.Wow.Very un-Rumney-like.

All the routes here are between 5.10a and 5.11d. Some are very long by Rumney standards, requiring a two rope rappel, but most times a 60 meter rope will get you back to the ground. Another non-Rumney aspect of this cliff is that the majority of the climbing is less than vertical and more like what you might expect to find on the south buttress of Whitehorse, with crimpy technical face climbing. The front of the cliff is about dead vertical for the most part and is home to a couple killer 5.11s including Alaskan Arches(5.11d).along the gully to the right is the more slabby climbing with a few 10s and 11s.
Most areas at Rumney that have high concentration of 5.10s and 5.11s tend to be crowded, but if you want to escape the Rumney rat-race, spend a day this beautiful area, enjoying shade, quiet, perfect rock and long quality technical routes.


Getting There 

Follow directions to the Hinterlands and continue left under the gully and you will find it.Or follow directions to Prudential, and it's the next cliff right of that.


Climbing Season


15 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',7],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Yellow Knife Buttress:
Cow Patty   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Abbey Normal   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Yellow Knife   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 99'   
Cannery Row   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Alaskan Arches   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Yellow Knife Buttress
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Alaskan Arches 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  NH : Rumney : Yellow Knife Buttress
Climb the corner laying it back till you can gain good stemming this is a tricky section that is tough to onsight. You will gain a nice rest as the arch leans left.reach right to clip a bolt and make a reachy (or thin) move right out of the overlap. Technical Climbing will get you out right to a corner and another rest. Climb the corner using a fingerlock and a few awkward holds. Mantel the ledge and clip the quick clips to the left.I give the climb 4 stars due to its beautiful flow and interest...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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Seriously this is one of the most under rated cliffs around... I would imagine that a big reason its under used is that people dont know whats there... This overhead map should help...
BETA PHOTO: Seriously this is one of the most under rated clif...
Ernie Hansche (dad) on Cow Patty
Ernie Hansche (dad) on Cow Patty
There have been some new additions to the right end of yellow knife... ive heard of a few people looking for cow patty and ending up lost... this diagram shows the basic idea so you might avoid this fate...
BETA PHOTO: There have been some new additions to the right en...
looking down on the west side of yellow knife from summit crag... most of the climbing is on the other side but its such a cool piece of rock i wanted to post it... <br />
looking down on the west side of yellow knife from...
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By lee hansche
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From: goffstown, nh
Oct 28, 2008

I've now climbed all of the routes at Yellowknife and I can say for sure that if you like technical face climbing in the 5.10-5.11 range you might want to make a trip out here...

By Will Cornell
May 27, 2014

this crag looks dope. I'm definitely going to have to check it out.