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Second Buttress

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L to R R to L Alpha
Avalon Rising T,S,TR 
Chimney T,TR 
Classic Finger Crack T 
Elephantiasis T,TR 
Pine Tree Route T,TR 
Tough Situation T 

Second Buttress  


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Location: 40.0128, -105.308 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Second Buttress has several good climbs: Tough Situation (9+) and Classic Finger Crack (9) are somewhat popular. Pine Tree Route (5) is a great beginner's lead.

L->R

A. Elephantiasis, 10 X, 2p, 130', gear.
B. Tough Situation, 10-, 1p, 60', gear.
C. Avalon Rising, 12, 1p, bolts & gear or TR.
D. Classic Finger Crack, 9, 1p, 60', gear.
E. Pine Tree Route, 5, 1p, 100', gear.
F. Chimney, 6, 1p, 80', gear.

Getting There 

Take the climber's access trail to the water pipe, and walk right, past the First Buttress, to the base of the Second Buttress.

You can access Tough Situation and Classic Finger Crack from the water pipe by scrambling up a gully to a platform below the summit block. Or you can hike up to the top by taking a path just left of the First Buttress. Then head right and scramble down between the First and Second Buttress, and do a 3rd-class traverse over to the start of these routes; see photo.

Pine Tree Route begins just above the water pipe, just left of the gully between the Second and Third Buttress.

The fastest descent from the top is a rappel from the tree atop Pine Tree Route. The easiest walk-off is down a trail just left of the First Buttress.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.2 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Second Buttress:
Classic Finger Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Tough Situation   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Avalon Rising   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
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Second Elephant Buttress Chimney.  Route shown in red.

Chimney 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Second Buttress
To the right of Pine Tree Route is a deep chimney that is maybe a little better than it looks. It protects well and could be a good chimney lead for someone looking to practice such things. It is not listed in any of my guidebooks, so I have simply called it "Chimney" here.Scramble up the deep cleft into the chimney. Climb past some chockstones placing pro in cracks inside the chimney and then mantle out of the left side to reach the tree at the top of ?Pine Tree Route?...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Second Elephant Buttress <br /> <br />1. Tough Situation (5.9+) <br />2. Classic Finger Crack (5.9)
BETA PHOTO: Second Elephant Buttress 1. Tough Situation (5.9+...
The Second Elephant Buttress. <br /> <br />The easiest approach to Tough Situation and Classic Finger Crack is by scrambling down from the gap between the First and Second Buttresses, and scrambling right (4th class) to a good ledge at the base of the routes. <br /> <br />It's also possible to approach these routes via a 4th-class climb from the water pipe. <br /> <br />Descend by rappelling 90' from the top of Pine Tree Route, or by descending a trail just left of the First Buttress.
BETA PHOTO: The Second Elephant Buttress. The easiest approac...

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