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Poe Buttress

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Maelstrom, The T 
Mississippi Half-Step T 
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Prequel to the Sequel T 
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Poe Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Poe Buttress is an amazing crag with climbs predominantly in the advanced difficulty range. This crag may contain the highest percentage of classic routes in the area; however, there is little in the low-end difficulty range for beginners here. If you climb here, you will get a workout.

Getting There 

Poe Buttress is located to the West of Cynical Pinnacle & Block Tower. You can approach similarly as for the above, but you must branch off left shortly before Cynical Pinnacle.

Climbing Season

For the Cathedral Spires Area area.

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Poe Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Poe Buttress:
The Maelstrom   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Edge of Fright   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Mississippi Half-Step   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad   
Brothers in Arms   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Down low on the route.

The Maelstrom 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CO : South Platte : ... : Poe Buttress
The Maelstrom is one of the classic Front Range wide cracks as far as "line", quality, and effort to succeed are concerned, right up there with Crack of Fear and Peaches and Cream (Twin Owls), Road Warrior (Mt. Evans), The Obelisk (The Diamond), any number of routes at Vedauwoo, etc. I give it 3 stars, although some will argue a grunt-fest like this, by definition, cannot be awarded with such a distinction. The Maelstrom lies on Poe Buttress,...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: Scott on P1 of the Half Step.
Scott on P1 of the Half Step.
Rock Climbing Photo: Olaf Mitchell on the second ascent of Edge of Frig...
Olaf Mitchell on the second ascent of Edge of Frig...
Rock Climbing Photo: Poe Buttress from the Sunshine Wall (Block Tower o...
Poe Buttress from the Sunshine Wall (Block Tower o...
Rock Climbing Photo: The upper pitches of the Poe as seen from the Bloc...
The upper pitches of the Poe as seen from the Bloc...
Rock Climbing Photo: The middle line is what Peter's on.
The middle line is what Peter's on.

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By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Mar 5, 2012
From Mike Morin (JeffCo OS ranger): right now the entire area is closed, including the Sunshine Wall, Hall of Mirrors, and Poe Buttress, pending a determination of where the birds nest this year.

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