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Lower Mother's Buttress

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Lower Mother's Buttress 

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Location: 38.81351, -108.61807 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Feb 13, 2002
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BETA PHOTO: Mother's Buttress as seen from the road.


This excellent crag was the first to be developed in Unaweep and still holds the greatest concentration of established lines. There are 39 routes consisting of high quality crack and face climbing, this is definitely a traditional climbing venue with only one route being fully bolted. A good selection of gear and crack climbing savy are essential. Routes range from 5.7 to 5.12, one to six pitches. This crag is on private property which is owned by local climbers who currently allow access, please treat the area with respect. This is among the finest of grags in the canyon. Mother's Buttress consists of three different areas; Main, Middle, and Lower Buttresses, East to West or Left to Right when facing the crag from the road. Park and approach is the same for all sections of the crag.

Getting There 

3.1 miles West of Divide Road on Hwy 141. Park at a pull-out on the side of the road near a fire burn area directly below the Lower Mother Buttress. Hike to the base of the Lower in 10 minutes, 15 to the Upper.

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Mother's Buttress:
Welcoming Party   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Alex's Tower   5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Another Unnamed Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Fine Line, A   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Mint Jam   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   
No Name Route   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Guide's Route   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 670'   
The Lord of Wisdom   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Lower Mother's Buttress
Note the obvious "tornado" crack. Cymbeline starts behind the tree, climbs the right side of the tornado, then trends rights up good looking splitters to the final corner in the top right of the photo.

Cymbeline 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b  CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Lower Mother's Buttress
This is an independent start that links several of Cow-a-bunga's harder variations. It shares no climbing with any other established route, but the top third has been climbed before.Cymbeline is a dramatic climb in five acts: Make bouldery moves off the ground up and right aiming for a small ledge (potentially PG-13). From the ledge, climb the right side splitter of a tornado-shaped feature, reaching another small stance. Step right and climb a clean, fingers-to-hands splitter. Move...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 20, 2005

I have discovered this piece of rock is for sale. 100k. 970-9352 weplayn@aol.com

By John Peterson
Jan 16, 2008

Latest story is here:


Anyone know what came of the meeting with the AF?

By Jesse Zacher
From: Grand Junction, Co
Jan 20, 2008

Someone is in negotiations with the AF and the land owners to buy it and then deed the land that has the climbing and the trail to have permanent access. So far, no new word. Except, donate to the AF.

By John Peterson
Oct 11, 2008

Help build a new trail!

The WCCC is going to be building a new trail to the Mother's area October 26th, 2008. Check out their website for details: www.westernslopeclimbers.blogspot.com/

The new trail will be on land that the WCCC will own soon and will get the trail off private property.

By rob pizem
Aug 17, 2011

You can find shade here in the later afternoon of summer. Great for a quick day of cragging. Plus the new parking lot should be in next week!!