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Kiss of the Lepers Buttress

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The Kiss of the Lepers Buttress is the distinct formation due north of Monkey Face featuring three huge blocks that staircase up from the river.

Getting There 

After a long hike from the parking lot to where the trail forks at the west base of Monkey Face take the hikers trail downhill and north, descending slightly, until you reach the base of the first major formation - the beginning of Kiss of the Lepers Buttress.

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2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Kiss of the Lepers Buttress:
The First Kiss   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   
Groove Thing   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Groove Thing 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  OR : Smith Rock : Kiss of the Lepers Buttress
When Allen Watts says secretive, He means it. Looking for this route left me cursing Watts's name but when I found it at the top of a gully it was amazing. The bottom half of the route is stemming in a smoothed tube, similar feature as Hydrotube up at Flagstone. Great protection. The top is a pile. The top becomes the crux not because the moves are difficult but because I am not sure the bots could take a fall. Although the top is foreboding it is a must do route at Smith. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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