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Sentinel Buttress

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Sentinel Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 36.3973, -80.2861 View Map  Incorrect?
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Getting some exposure on Zoo View at Moore's Wall.


The Sentinel Buttress is really made up of a few walls. The Circus Wall faces north and hosts a lineup of routes that all North Carolina climbers should do. The center face of the buttress has a few wandery routes that are worth some time, even if you only use them as alternative ways to the Crows Nest. And although the Fire Wall is not considered to be part of the Sentinel, it is in fact the buttress's southern side.

Getting There 

Once you've taken the left onto the powerline road, walk for a few minutes until you see a park sign on the right pointing to the Sentinel Buttress trail. Turn right and head up the trail, following signs for the Sentinel Buttress. Once you get close to the wall, the trail splits and either heads left toward the Central Wall or right toward the Sentinel Buttress.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Sentinel Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sentinel Buttress:
Sentinel Buttress   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Center Buttress
Zoo View   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Circus Wall
Air Show   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   Circus Wall
Super Direct   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Center Buttress
Break On Through   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Circus Wall
Bimbo's Bulge   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Circus Wall
Edge of Fire   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Center Buttress
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Featured Route For Sentinel Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: Leader on the Start of Break On Through

Break On Through 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  NC : Moore's Wall : ... : Circus Wall
P1: Climb sentinel chimney to a big ledge. The kind of wide crack right in front of your face is Air Show. It is easy to build a belay here with big nuts/tricams.P2: From the belay climb right on horizontals until you hit a weird, quartzy crack/corner feature. Blast up this . . . . it stays steep for quite a while. When the angle eases, aim up and a little left towards a crack in the big roof. Cutting feet when you stick the jug earns extra style points. Continue up on easier ground but wit...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By Dylan B.
Jun 25, 2016
The bolted rappel station for Sentinel Buttress is about 20 feet to the climber's right of where Zoo View tops out. Easy walking along the cliff edge, descend down about 5-10 feet onto a large, obvious ledge with a small tree on it. The station is on a vertical face in a corner.

Consists to two bolts, two quicklinks, and a length of cable which is frayed on the ends (and can really frazz up your rope's sheath).

A 70m rope gets you down to the Crow's Nest with length to spare. A 60m might (?) leave you down-climbing a few feet of super easy terrain.

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