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Ellie Reynolds Memorial Buttress 

YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Mike Fischesser + partner (1991?)
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Submitted By: Coz Teplitz on Jul 3, 2009
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At the tall first bolt of Ellie Reynolds.
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    This line climbs the buttress that lies to the left of the well-known Cave Route. Most parties do only the crux first pitch; the second and third pitches have unfortunately been reclaimed by the lichen.

    P1: Climb up sloping, occasionally awkward holds past five bolts, starting on a slab and eventually punching through a smallish steep section. Above, a section of more mellow climbing w/o bolts (gear is nice) leads to a 2-bolt anchor. (120 ft, 5.10-)

    P2: Trend up and left following vague features, eventually gaining another two-bolt anchor. (5.8, 70 ft).

    P3: Climb straight up mellower ground that leads to lunch ledge (80 ft., 5.7)


    This route is located on the East Face of Table Rock, just down and left of the well-known Cave Route. Look for the bolts on the face; Ellie Reynolds is the right-hand line of bolts.


    Light rack is nice on P1 and necessary for P2 and P3.

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    By Joseph Brown
    From: Greenville, SC
    Oct 7, 2009

    I found some interesting FA history on this route authored by Ron Dawson in the Fall 1996 edition of Boulderdash!

    "Back in '92 Mike Fischesser teamed up with Pete Luellen to climb a couple of proud lines just below The Cave Route. The first to fall to this industrious pair was Ellie Reynolds Memorial Buttress (.10b/c). Named for the wife of Jon Reynolds (president of Outward Bound's national office) and a friend of Fischesser. She died suddenly while traveling out of the country. The route that bears Ellie's name takes three pitches to Lunch Ledge. The first is the most popular, taking a steep wall through a roof. Ever the sandbagger, Mike assured me when I went up to try it that it was "solid 5.9+." Maybe I missed the 'secret undercling' but I was gobsmacked by the sequential, pumpy climbing at the crux and French clipped the fourth bolt."

    By TomCaldwell
    From: Clemson, S.C.
    Jun 6, 2011
    rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

    A really fun and interesting route. Most of the holds face awkward directions, so making use of them is often the challenge. Looking up at the climb it is easy to see all the down-sloping holds.

    By Mike Holley
    From: Boone, NC
    Sep 16, 2012

    Fantastic route! Only did the first pitch as the rest looked pretty untouched and dirty but the first pitch was awesome! The crux was moving from the under clinging roof to the face! Totally a must do! You can swing over left from the top of cave route to set up a top rope. Its a fantastic lead however and well protected!

    By Noah.J
    From: Carrboro, NC
    Apr 21, 2013
    rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

    P1 isn't a full 120', more like 95, a 60m rope was perfect for descent. Nothing more than two or maybe three cams (0.75 and #1 C4s) are really helpful for the upper section of P1. Beautiful route with a fun, perfectly protected crux.