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Burning Buttress

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Broken Sling T 
Burning Calves T 
Chorus Line T 
East Meets West T 
Grace Note S 
Happy Hands T 
Rod Serling Crack T 
Ruchert Motion S 
Spiderwand T 
Sportster, The S 
Steve Martin's Face T 
Stuck in Another Direction T,TR 
Wham Bam Thanks for the Jam T 
Will To Power, The T 

Burning Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.05274, -81.03344 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ladd, Chris Whisenhunt, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Ladd on May 18, 2007


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Darren, early in his trad career, sending Burning ...


Easy bolted lines are the only thing in short supply here. From difficult, slabby sport lines to corners and roofs, to beautiful plumbline cracks- Burning Buttress has something for almost everyone. Known for its concentration of quality 5.10 gear lines foremost, but also a good destination for the >5.12 sport climber.

Getting There 

From The Brain, head upstream keeping the rock to your left. Five minutes you'll see a clearing with stellar cracks in the wall. This is Burning Buttress.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Burning Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Burning Buttress:
Happy Hands   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 80'   
Broken Sling   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 80'   
Burning Calves   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 70'   
Spiderwand   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 80'   
Wham Bam Thanks for the Jam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 70'   
Rod Serling Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 75'   
Steve Martin's Face   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 80'   
The Will To Power   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Grace Note   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   
Chorus Line   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 90'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Darren, early in his trad career, sending Burning ...

Burning Calves 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Burning Buttress
Start by pulling into finger laybacks and locks to reach a sloped stance at a bomber hand jam. Leave the stance and enter a flared layback that leads to out-of-this-world finger locks and plated jugs to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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By Jeremy Steck
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 25, 2007
In the heat of the summer, this area stays in the shade until about noon.
By camhead
From: Vandalia, Appalachia
Jun 17, 2014
This is a strange description for this area; just dwelling on the heat and winter-ness of this crag. For what it's worth, I climb here not infrequently in the summer; as Jeremy says above, the area around Burning Calves is in complete shad ein the morning, and gets ample tree shade even after that. Around the corner, the Steve Martin's Face/Chorus Line area gets afternoon shade. Will to Power and Sportster do get sun pretty much all day, though.

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