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Cathedral Buttress offers an experience different from most Teton routes. Probably the highest concentration of pure non-summit rock climbs in the Park. Many high-quality classics, including The Snaz, Aerial Boundaries and Caveat Emptor. The lower elevation and south-facing nature makes many routes early-season endeavors. There is enough alpine weather and routefinding, however, to remind you you're in the Tetons.
Directly across from the Moose Visitor Center, make a left onto Moose-Wilson road. Make a right onto a dirt road after about 10 minutes. Follow this road to the Death Canyon trailhead. From the trailhead, hike past Phelps Lake and into the canyon. After about 3 miles, reach a section of switchbacks that come extremely close to the creek.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cathedral Buttress:
The Snaz 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, Alpine, Grade IV
Caveat Emptor 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'
Aerial Boundaries 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'
Sunshine Daydream 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1000'
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The Snaz 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a WY : Grand Teton National Park : ... : Cathedral Buttress
A Teton classic. Classic crack climbing with lots of variety. The technical crux is a roof pull on pitch 4, while the physical lies in the consistent flake and wide crack movement of pitch 3. There are some notable variations: at the belay for pitch 3, move left for a 5.10 finger crack. At the top of pitch six, you can move 100' right for two more 5.9 pitches, Cousin Leroy. At the top of pitch 7, climb a three-tiered roof at 10+ instead of the .7 chimney. Also very good. ...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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