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West Buttress - South

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West Buttress - South 

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South side of the West Buttress of Castle Rock.



This spur off the west side of Castle Rock has several routes on it's south face that include: Claim Jumper (sport), Shock and Awe (sport), Enemy Combatant (Top Rope), Advance to Idaho (Trad), Squench (Sport). This wall faces directly south but gets some shade earlier in the morning from the main Castle Rock to east. You may have a waiting line for Shock and Awe on busy days. Around the left corner on the northwest side of the buttress, there are several more routes: Sword in the Stone (bolts and gear), Excalibur (trad) and Shifting Gears (bolts and gear). This wall has good shade until mid afternoon.

Approach the left most routes of this buttress by scrambling to a ledge 100 feet left of the gully.

Getting There 

Approach this crag by following the trail along the old ranch road that skirts south side of Castle Rock. Continue along the trail until you reach a signed trail that leads to the Hostess Gully. Follow the trail and flagging up through a boulder field to the routes.

Continue on the trail past Red Rib and Patina Atoll, take a left when you reach the base of the gully, and look for a flagged sign for Shock and Awe and head up the trail to the buttress on the right. The area can also be approached by following the trail/road along the south side of Castle Rock, then following it north along the west side of Castle Rock. This approach goes right along-side the west tip of the West Buttress.

8 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Buttress - South:
Poking Holes in the Firmament   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Scorpio Rising   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Shock and Awe   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Claim Jumper   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 82'   
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Shock and Awe 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  ID : Castle Rocks : ... : West Buttress - South
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