Elevation: 7,113 ft
GPS: 40.001, -105.413 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ben Mottinger on Dec 31, 2000 with improvements by Joseph Crotty and 1 other
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Closure / 2020 Update Details

Description

Bell Buttress is a towering, mostly North-facing wall opposite of Practice Rock. Many old and classic routes can be found here but not too many easy routes. The famous route Cosmosis should not be missed, and if you're a trad hardman (or woman), there are some testpieces on this wall, some with a great deal of controversy surrounding them....

With its north-facing exposure, the wall stays in the shade until early afternoon. so summer outings are cool, but on winter days you're probably better off with another wall.

A. Bell Air, 11, 2p, 190', bolts & gear.
B. The Pitts, 11, 2p, 220', bolts & gear.
B1. Unknown, 10-, 1p, 60', gear.
B2. Unknown Crack, 10-, 1p, gear.
B3. North Face, 10-, 1p, 80', gear.
C. The Bypass 8 A4, 1p.
D. Freak on a Leash, 12+, 1p, bolts.
E. Hound Dog, 11-, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
F. Grand Inquisitor, 12 R, 1p?, gear & bolts.
G. The Purpose, 12, 1p, 75', bolts & gear.
H. Gates of Eden, 10-, 2-3p, gear.
I. Double Jeopardy, 9, 2-3p, gear.
J. Bell Buster, 11-, 1p, bolts.
K. The Spoils, 12, 1p, 70', gear.
KM1. The Spoiled Moose, 13- R, 1p, gear.
L. Verve, 13, 1p, bolts.
M. Swerve 12, R/X, 1p, gear & bolt.
M1. Cosmosis, 9+, 3p, gear.
M2? The Route That Dan Missed, 10 R/X, 1p, gear.
N. Beethoven's Fifth, 12+ R, 1p, 80', gear.
O. Unfinished Symphony, 11, 1p, gear.
P. West Crack, 9+, 1p, gear.
Q. West Face, 9, 2p, gear.
R. Arete, 12, 1p?, bolts?
S. Little Man And The Boat, 12- R, 1p?, gear?
T. Saved by the Bell, 11, 1p, gear.
U.Epiphany Direct, 12, 1p, gear & bolt.
U1. Epiphany, 11+ R, 1p, 100', gear & bolt.
V. Arms Bazaar, 12-, 1p, gear.
W. Three Minute Hero, 11 R/X, 1p, 66', gear.
X. Joe Pontiac, 7 or 9?, 1-2p, gear.
Y. Malaise, 10, 1p, gear.
Z. Daedalus, 10 R, 1p, gear.
AA. Wrinkles, 9, 3p, gear.
AA1. Christmas In LA, 7, 2nd var 50' R of Z 2nd p, gear.
BB. Wayward Puritan, 6, 2p, gear.
CC. Five-Ten Route, 10-, 1p, gear.
DD. Front Line, 11 PG-13, 1p, 105', gear.
EE. Frontier, 11 R, 1p, 105', gear.
FF. Tiers, 7, 1p, 60', gear.

Getting There

Drive West on Canyon from Boulder and set your odometer at the bridge just east of the Dome. Drive 8.1mi up the canyon and a little ways beyond Boulder Falls, look for Practice Rock on the north side of the road with a gravel pullout. Park here then head across the creek on the south side of the road via a tree bridge.

To access the routes, hike downstream to the east end of the wall then scramble up an easy ramp to the base of the routes. Descent from the top is via a gully on the west side of the wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bell Buttress - Main Crag

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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 135
West Face
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 113
West Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 260
Cosmosis
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Gates of Eden
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 104
Hound Dog
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 25
Saved by the Bell
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
 10
Epiphany
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 44
Arms Bazaar
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 20
Grand Inquisitor
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 13
The Spoils
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 8
The Purpose
Trad, Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b PG13
 22
Beethoven's Fifth
Trad
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 4
Tiempos de Ceguera (Times of Bli…
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 10
Freak on a Leash
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 9
Verve
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
West Face
 135
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
West Crack
 113
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Cosmosis
 260
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Gates of Eden
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Hound Dog
 104
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Saved by the Bell
 25
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Epiphany
 10
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R Trad
Arms Bazaar
 44
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad
Grand Inquisitor
 20
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad
The Spoils
 13
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
The Purpose
 8
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, Sport
Beethoven's Fifth
 22
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b PG13 Trad
Tiempos de Ceguera (Times o…
 4
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Freak on a Leash
 10
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Verve
 9
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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