Description

The Buttress Of Cracks is, as the name implies, a good spot for crack climbing but there's some good face climbs to be done here as well. The longest climbs here are two pitches with most being long, single pitch affairs. Descents vary from walk offs to rappels depending upon the climb.

Crack climbers will enjoy The Hernia (5.8), Sword of Damocles (5.9), Frustration (5.10a), Insomnia (5.11b/c) and The Pirate (5.12d). Face climbers will want to try out Double Exposure (5.10b A1 or 5.12a R), Arcy Farcy (5.10d), Winter Solstice (5.11c) and Blade Runner (5.12b).

Getting There

The approach trail meets the rock very near the right side of the Buttress of Cracks. To access the left-hand portion walk left following a good trail along the base of the wall. Continuing just past this wall you will reach the Sunshine Face and Smooth Sole Walls.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Buttress of Cracks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 136
The Hernia
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 54
Captain Hook
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Aqualung
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 54
Frustration
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Hernia - Direct Finish
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b A1
 7
Double Exposure
Trad, Aid
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 34
Arcy Farcy
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 65
Insomnia
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
 8
Spatula - Direct Start
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
 42
Winter Solstice
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
 15
Bacon Bits (aka Razor Games)
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Walk the Plank
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 6
Blade Runner
Trad
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 25
The Pirate
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Hernia Buttress of Cracks -…
 136
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Captain Hook Buttress of Cracks -…
 54
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Aqualung Buttress of Cracks -…
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Frustration Buttress of Cracks -…
 54
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Hernia - Direct Finish Buttress of Cracks -…
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Double Exposure Buttress of Cracks -…
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b A1 Trad, Aid
Arcy Farcy Buttress of Cracks -…
 34
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Insomnia Buttress of Cracks -…
 65
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Spatula - Direct Start Buttress of Cracks -…
 8
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad
Winter Solstice Buttress of Cracks -…
 42
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R Trad
Bacon Bits (aka Razor Games) Buttress of Cracks -…
 15
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R Trad
Walk the Plank Buttress of Cracks -…
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Blade Runner Buttress of Cracks -…
 6
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
The Pirate Buttress of Cracks -…
 25
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Trad 2 pitches
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