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First Buttress  


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Location: 38.72589, -106.77013 View Map  Incorrect?
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The first buttress in Taylor Canyon.

Description 

The right side of the first buttress is a slightly lesser known area than the left. It is set back a bit and so doesn't get as much traffic. The climbs are usually a bit more meandering. On the other hand, many of them have more than one pitch which makes them interesting. This is a great place in the hotter summer months since it faces a touch north and has many nooks and crannies for shade.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.3 miles from here

35 Total Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',3],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',12],['5.11',6],['5.12',4],['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 First Buttress:
Kindergarten Crack   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Left Hand
Tony's Tango   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Left Hand
Aphrodite   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   The Upper Wall
The Jackal   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Sun Deck
Left Hand Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Left Hand
Dunn's Dihedral   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   The Upper Wall
Gymnastics   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Upper Wall
Zig Zag   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Sun Deck
Baby Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Left Hand
Air Conditioner   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Left Hand
Kathy's Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Upper Wall
Taylor Made   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Left Hand
Sasafrass   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   The Upper Wall
Oh Mama Mama   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 270'   Sun Deck
Maria's Farewell   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   The Upper Wall
Whiskey Crack   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Sun Deck
Corky's Rumpet   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   The Upper Wall
Question of Balance   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Baby Face / Middle Wall
Fine Whine   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 135'   Baby Face / Middle Wall
Christine's Dream   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   The Upper Wall
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Featured Route For First Buttress
Gunnison Valley Locals Mark Flis and Legend Robert Warren on Sassafrass(10a) and Cigarette(11b).

Sasafrass 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CO : Gunnison : ... : The Upper Wall
You'll find this gem of a splitter located high up on the left side of the first buttress on the north-facing wall of an obvious, right-facing corner. Scramble up to the base of the route and climb a weird move off the ground towards the corner. Climb 5.8 stemming/jamming to a sloping ledge. Continue on stellar face climbing until you are at the base of the splitter. Enjoy the rest! This route can also be split into two pitches by belaying at the sloping ledge.Descent: Double rope rap off three ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The Hangin' at Harmels with some fine folk.
The Hangin' at Harmels with some fine folk.

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By phil broscovak
Apr 9, 2008
Scott you are correct the site needs to be restructured a wee bit as it is misleading the way it is.

I would propose that the 1st Buttress be broken into the following areas: Parking lot wall (including all the routes from Inner Space thru Whiskey Dick), Sun Deck (Tourist Attraction thru Left Hand Mantel), Big Roof (Oh Mama Mama thru Double Time), Baby Face / Middle Wall {Kindergarten thru Question of Balance, And the Upper Wall (Aphrodite thru Kathy's Corner).

All those in favor type aye.
By YDPL8S
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Apr 9, 2008
AAARRRGGGHH! Aye me droogies! I think if we could come up with some pics of the different sections you propose (that John Peterson takes some pretty good shots) it might make it easier to discuss.
By John Peterson
Apr 9, 2008
Cool! I've always wanted to be a droog. Once the term is over (just 4 more weeks!!) I'll borrow a good camera and get some nice shots for you guys and we'll make MP the place to go for Gunnison area climbing.

Oh yeah, "AYE!".
By phil broscovak
Apr 10, 2008
Thanx you groovy admin dudes. You rock!
By YDPL8S
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Apr 10, 2008
Here, Here! I wish I could get that kind of response out of my insurance company!