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First Wave Buttress  

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Elevation: 7,400'
Location: 37.5748, -118.5531 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Jun 11, 2012
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Establishing the routes on the First Wave


This large buttress of rock has a number of sport and trad routes on its north west face. The rock is generally good quality and with some time the climbs will clean up nicely.

Typically the climbing is on well featured faces and slabs or in deep cracks at the sides of the faces.

Getting There 

From the parking lot hike up the hill for 100 yards. Trend rightwards and pass a camping spot and continue up the hill. You will soon pass by overhanging fins of rock. After these fins head rightwards between large boulders, and then continue heading up the hill. Soon the buttress will come into view. Hike directly towards the buttress. The bolted lines on the left should be fairly obvious.

Climbing Season

For the Mammoth Lakes Area area.

Weather station 17.0 miles from here

4 Total Routes

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Justin starting the crux sequence on the first asc...

Domestic Bliss 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : First Wave Buttress
Start to the left of the hand crack.Climb up to the first bolt, and continue up the right facing groove until possible to move out left onto the slab. Continue up the slab with an interesting crux above the 5th bolt.Move left to reach the last bolt then directly up to the anchors. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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First Wave Buttress Left Topo
BETA PHOTO: First Wave Buttress Left Topo
Enjoying a shakeout after the crux.
Enjoying a shakeout after the crux.
Unknown routes up to ring anchors on the First Wav...
BETA PHOTO: Unknown routes up to ring anchors on the First Wav...
Bolting the new lines on the First Wave.
Bolting the new lines on the First Wave.

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