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Gutbuster S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Elevation: 8,500 ft
GPS: 40.167, -105.479 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Rob Kepley on Jun 11, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

The Cube is a worthy destination if you are in the area climbing at the popular "Ironsides". Consider warming up somewhere else, since the routes here start at about 11b. There are easier routes nearby but not on The "Cube" itself. The main attraction here is, hands down, "Gutbuster", a sporty route worthy of three stars. This area can be quite windy considering its high location. All the routes face in a westerly direction giving them morning shade and afternoon sun. The rock quality at The Cube is a little less than perfect but pretty much good granite.

L->R:

A. Invisible Fence, 12, 1p, bolts & gear.
B. Ribbed For Your Pleasure, 11 R, 1p, bolts & gear.
C. Gutbuster, 12, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.
D. Cubist, 11, 1p, bolts & gear.

Getting There

Approach is the same as for the Nose and Ironsides. However, it is possible to continue further in your car if you want to but would probably only shave about 10 minutes off the hike in. Use your own discretion since the unmarked roads tend to be confusing in the area. The first formation you will see is the "nose" just above the tree tops. Try to park as close as you can to this. Hike up to the nose and contour around to the right. You will eventually find yourself on the flat saddle between two domes as described in the approach for the "Ironsides". At this point, look up and to your right. The highest formation you see is your destination, The Cube. Don't get suckered into the lower formation with overlapping roofs which looks similar to the route "Gutbuster". Head straight up using low angle slabs and a faint path. The cube is quite obvious once it comes into view. Gutbuster gives it away immediately.

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John W  
There is a bolted route to the left of Gutbuster. I think I've seen it listed as 11b and I agree. Roughly equivalent to Smack the Cold Booty on Mt. Boner. Use a heel hook at the crux. Also, you might want to hike to the top to look at the anchors for Gutbuster. One was loose so might not be ideal for top roping etc. Sep 15, 2012

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