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Second Buttress

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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.
BDC. Tough Rising Finger, 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.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X
 4
Elephantiasis
Trad, TR 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 124
Tough Situation
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 8
Tough Rising Finger
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
Avalon Rising
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 189
Classic Finger Crack
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 116
Pine Tree Route
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 29
Chimney
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Elephantiasis
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X Trad, TR 2 pitches
Tough Situation
 124
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tough Rising Finger
 8
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Avalon Rising
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, TR
Classic Finger Crack
 189
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Pine Tree Route
 116
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Chimney
 29
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR

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The Elephant Buttresses.  Most routes start off the water pipe; Tough Situation and Classic Finger Crack can be accessed by scrambling down from the top. <br>
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The easiest walk-off is between the First Buttress and the Dome.   You can also rappel from the top of Pine Tree route.  Descent via the water tunnel between the Third and Fourth Buttress is sometimes possible.  <br>
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Watch out for poison ivy!
[Hide Photo] The Elephant Buttresses. Most routes start off the water pipe; Tough Situation and Classic Finger Crack can be accessed by scrambling down from the top. The easiest walk-off is between the Fir…
The Second Elephant Buttress.<br>
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The easiest approach to Tough Situation and Classic Finger Crack is by scrambling down from the gap between the First and Second Buttresses, and scrambling right (4th class) to a good ledge at the base of the routes.<br>
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It's also possible to approach these routes via a 4th-class climb from the water pipe.<br>
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Descend by rappelling 90' from the top of Pine Tree Route, or by descending a trail just left of the First Buttress.
[Hide Photo] The Second Elephant Buttress. The easiest approach to Tough Situation and Classic Finger Crack is by scrambling down from the gap between the First and Second Buttresses, and scrambling right (4…
Second Elephant Buttress<br>
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1. Tough Situation (5.9+)<br>
2. Classic Finger Crack (5.9)
[Hide Photo] Second Elephant Buttress 1. Tough Situation (5.9+) 2. Classic Finger Crack (5.9)