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Routes in Second Buttress

Avalon Rising T,S,TR 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Chimney T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Classic Finger Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Elephantiasis T,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X
Pine Tree Route T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Tough Situation T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Elevation: 5,646 ft
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Shared By: Ron Olsen on Mar 29, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

The Second Buttress has several good climbs: Tough Situation (9+) and Classic Finger Crack (9) are somewhat popular. Pine Tree Route (5) is a great beginner's lead.

L->R

A. Elephantiasis, 10 X, 2p, 130', gear.
B. Tough Situation, 10-, 1p, 60', gear.
C. Avalon Rising, 12, 1p, bolts & gear or TR.
D. Classic Finger Crack, 9, 1p, 60', gear.
E. Pine Tree Route, 5, 1p, 100', gear.
F. Chimney, 6, 1p, 80', gear.

Getting There

Take the climber's access trail to the water pipe, and walk right, past the First Buttress, to the base of the Second Buttress.

You can access Tough Situation and Classic Finger Crack from the water pipe by scrambling up a gully to a platform below the summit block. Or you can hike up to the top by taking a path just left of the First Buttress. Then head right and scramble down between the First and Second Buttress, and do a 3rd-class traverse over to the start of these routes; see photo.

Pine Tree Route begins just above the water pipe, just left of the gully between the Second and Third Buttress.

The fastest descent from the top is a rappel from the tree atop Pine Tree Route. The easiest walk-off is down a trail just left of the First Buttress.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Second Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 135
Classic Finger Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 94
Tough Situation
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 3
Avalon Rising
Trad, Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Classic Finger Crack
 135
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Tough Situation
 94
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Avalon Rising
 3
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, Sport, TR
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