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Routes in Crescent Crack Buttress

3 Amigos T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
A Kat That Grumps T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Back to My Roots T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
C.P.O.S. T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Closet Lycra T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Crack in the Woods T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crank in the Woods S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Crescent Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Crescent Crack Direct Variation T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Final Link T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Great Chockstone, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Grunting Gringos T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Hand Jive T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
If Looks Could Kill S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
Interplanetary Voyage T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Journey to the Moon T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Kutcorner T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Lazarus T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Less Than Zero T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Lunge or Plunge T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mexican Crack T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Missing Link T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Multiplicity S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
No Jive Arete S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Paraplegic Ward T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A0
Razor's Edge S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Ross Connection, The T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Ross Route, The T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Rotert's Rooter T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Short Corner T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Slam, Jam, Thank You Ma'am T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
Unknown left T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unknown right S,TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Waterslide S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Who's On First S,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Elevation: 5,671 ft
GPS: 40.573, -111.771 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jonathan Schumacher on Mar 26, 2003
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

Description

The climbing here consists of both sport and trad, mostly trad.The rock is bomber granite, similar to the rest of the canyon. Some of the classic routes are: Mexican Crack (.10a), Crescent Crack (5.7), Crack in the Woods (5.9), and Hand Jive (5.8?).You can rappel most routes from the top of the climbs with a single rope, except Crescent Crack, which is descended east into a gully. Buy beer at 7-11 at the base of BCC, or better yet, go to Wyoming!
Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details

Getting There

Park in the Little Cottonwood lower canyon Park and Ride. Locate the climber's access trail in the lot's northeast corner (directly north of the restroom). Follow this trail east until you are directly below the Cresent Crack Buttress. Take the left fork and a short jaunt leads you to the base of Waterslide. Head left for the climbs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crescent Crack Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Crescent Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crack in the Woods
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lazarus
Trad 4 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Hand Jive
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Final Link
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crescent Crack Direct Variation
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A0
Paraplegic Ward
Trad, TR, Aid
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
3 Amigos
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Mexican Crack
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Missing Link
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Multiplicity
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Who's On First
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Closet Lycra
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Grunting Gringos
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
If Looks Could Kill
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crescent Crack
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Crack in the Woods
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Lazarus
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Hand Jive
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Final Link
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Crescent Crack Direct Varia…
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Paraplegic Ward
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A0 Trad, TR, Aid
3 Amigos
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Mexican Crack
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Missing Link
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Multiplicity
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Who's On First
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR
Closet Lycra
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Grunting Gringos
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
If Looks Could Kill
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R Sport
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Hello, I lost one of my climbing shoes in the area about a month ago. It is an orange Butora Altura (narrow fit). Lit me know if you found it! Much appreciated. Jan 5, 2018
I didn't pay attention to the posted signs or the approach beta on this site, and got ticketed for parking in the small pullout across the road from the old approach trail. Jul 11, 2013
I have seen this rock too. I believe it is new either this year or late last year. This cannot happen. Please, if you are not thinking of what the repercussions could be for this act, check out other areas that are no longer climbable. PLEASE stop this. It is Graffiti no matter how you look at it. It is destroying and defacing rocks. PLEASE PLEASE STOP.

SHAYNE DURFEE Mar 16, 2009
Stevie Nacho   Utah
I was at Crescent Crack Buttress this weekend and discovered a chiseled boulder at the intersection of the trail where you go left to Crescent Crack Buttress or right to the Egg. The rock has two arrows with black tar in them and the words "Hong" and "Egg" chiseled in. It looks as though the criminal didn't finish carving "Crescent Crack Buttress" in. Maybe their wrist was tired. I've been climbing here since 1994 and I've never seen this graffiti.

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! PLEASE STOP!

Little Cottonwood does NOT need signs. If your are the person doing this, please stop. In fact, go back and attempt to remedy your shameful act. If you know the person(s) who did this, please beg them to stop.

With such descriptive guidebooks to the area, we do not need signs to help navigate to the crags and routes. I have found my way around crags throughout the western United States without signs. If I needed a sign I would go to Veyo, of the Gym.

Once again, please stop carving the rocks of Little Cottonwood Canyon.


Sincerely,

TROY D. ANDERSON Mar 15, 2009

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