The following areas are closed from March 1-July 31 or until further notice:
Twin Owls, Rock One, Batman Rock, Batman Pinnacle, Sheep Mountain, Thunder Buttress, The Parish, Lightning Rock and Checkerboard Rock are currently closed. The closures include the named rock formations and the areas extending 100 yards surrounding the base of the formation. This includes all climbing routes, outcroppings, cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes and climber's access trails to the formation.
The last major formation before Sundance, Thunder Buttress is a three to four pitch rock split by a long discontinuous ledge, the bottom half being a slab much like the Pear, and the top half being steep, blocky and plagued with lichens and loose rock. It certainly isn't a classic crag, but you're guaranteed to have it all to yourself.
Hike to the base of the Pear and head west for about a quarter mile (no trail) until you find Thunder Buttress, or continue on the main trail toward Sundance and bushwhack straight up the slope.
All the way at the west end of Thunder Buttress, a short way left of a low roof, look for a water-worn chimney. Climb black-streaked rock to the left of this, and continue up two pitches of grooved low-angled rock, trending right and taking the line of least resistance, until you arrive at a large ledge at the base of the headwall arete or ridge. You can easily walk off west from here.Follow the arete for two more longer pitches, looking for the crux roof at the end of the third pitch. Because i...[more]Browse More Classics in CO