Rock Springs Buttress Rock Climbing
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The rock is granite, though highly fractured and weathered - and occasionally loose. The holds alternate between positive and slick, and the smooth crystalline nature of the rock sometimes make the feet tenuous. Routes may seem a little sandbagged, probably because of the lack of chalk and difficulty in reading the quality of holds from below.
Visitors to this crag are encouraged to get Greg Collins' latest edition of Lander Rock - it includes topos of Rock Springs Buttress. Be sure to get the latest version, as the older version didn't have Rock Springs in it.
Helmets and a 70m rope are strongly recommended.
Watch out for the marmots! One chewed through my rock shoe while it was sitting 20 feet from me. Others attempted to chew through a nearby rope, and one stole a pair of $160 sunglasses. Seriously - keep everything within arms reach and be prepared to defend your equipment!
The crag is west facing and gets morning shade and afternoon sun, and mornings can be chilly so be sure to bring something warm with you.
Drive to Jackson Hole Ski Area and park in the upper lot (behind Teton Mountain Lodge).
Hike up the paved McCollister Road towards the Union Pass lift. Eventually the road dead ends, and a small trail takes off to the left. Take this trail until it hits a service road. Turn left on the service road. Eventually the service road turns into a steep trail that takes you up to the buttress.
You can also mountain bike the first portion, which greatly speeds the return to your car. Stash your bike when the doubletrack service road turns into a singletrack.
The trail is steep, but it is a beautiful alpine valley and that helps take your mind off the effort. Expect a 1.5-3 hour approach.
You can also descend from the top of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort tram (note that an advanced purchased tram ticket will costs $38 as of August 2019). Follow the Rock Springs Loop trail down the ridge line that looks toward Cody Peak. The trail will shortly come to a junction with a road leading left. Take the left and follow this trail down to another junction and make a right. Follow this trail down to what would be the Rendezvous ski trail in Winter. This ridge is the top of Rock Springs Buttress to your right as well as several steep ski shots to a skier's left. Look for the climber's trail on the right maked with cairns, which descends into the to the base area of the buttress. Note that the last tram leaves at 5:30pm
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