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The Great Buttress is the tallest section of High Rocks cliffs and contains several nice routes. The section is identified by Cactus Ledge, the nice ledge with bolted belays approximately 50 feet up. Please be careful to not trample the cactus on Cactus Ledge. Cactus Ledge can be accessed by 4th-low 5th class ramps on the left side or by climbing Open Book (5.2G), a nice beginner lead.
Follow the trail along the base of the cliff to the tallest section of rock with a ledge and prominent cedar tree approximately 50 feet up. The bolts on Tales from the Crypt (5.10a) are plainly visible from the trail.
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Tales from the Crypt 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad, Sport, TR, 2 pitches, 120'
Dean's List 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
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Three Buttresses (first pitch) 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PA : Ralph Stover State Park (Hi... : g. The Great Buttress
A blocky start leads to a left slanting crack capped by a roof which is bypassed on the right up to a ledge with a tree. The ledge is part of the cactus ledge but is so covered in Poison Ivy and Brush that you can't get across it. There are 2 more pitches, though they are rarely done.This is the standard route. It traverses right as soon as a ledge can be reached on that side, by learning across and mantling onto it (or stepping wide if you're stretchier than I am). This traverse happens sever...[more] Browse More Classics in PA