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Routes in Strawberry Hill Buttress

Berry Nice T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Country Quencher T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fine Whine T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Margaritaville T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Rolling Thunder T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Squeeze Of Lime T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Strawberry Hill T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Under Raps T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Access Issue: RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

Description

This buttress is full of great moderates! The rock quality is great and it's easily approached. The buttress is naturally divided into two main sections. The slabby eastern section is immediately to the right of the Echove area and Hot Flash. The western part is the area of the primary rappel descent as well as routes such as Under Raps and Country Quencher. This is reached by skirting west near the base of the main wall and climbing some exposed third class to ledges beneath the rap route.

The main descent for routes reaching the top of the buttress is to walk west for about 50 yards and rappel from a large dead tree. The first rappel is long (almost 50 meters). Two more rappels, each less than 25 meters, lead to the ground at the western end of the buttress. Scrambling leads down the slabs to the approach trail.

Getting There

Strawberry Hill is located up canyon from the First Creek Slabs. Follow a trail up canyon. Look up and left for a pink topped buttress. All routes are accessed from here. The approach takes about 45 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Strawberry Hill Buttress

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Berry Nice
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Fine Whine
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Rolling Thunder
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Berry Nice
 11
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 5 pitches
Fine Whine
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Rolling Thunder
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
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John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
The approach should be a fair bit longer than that, considering lotta balls is a 45 minutes, and the first creek slabs is about an hour. Give yourself an hour to an hour an a half, depending on your motivation. Sep 22, 2009
Idaho Bob
McCall, ID
Idaho Bob   McCall, ID
Ropes on 1st rap station need replacing. Exposed core,very IR degraded. These ropes extend from tree about 20ft. Two nuts in horizontal as backup. We found one dangling in the air and reset. Replaced worn 'biner with quicklink. Also added quicklink on 3rd rap anchor. Apr 20, 2014
Approach note: when you see some strawberry-colored cliffs coming pretty much directly out of the wash on the north side of the canyon, that's about where you leave the trail heading up on the south side.

Also, we stuck a rope on the first rappel. We weren't thinking and pulled our knot into the crack. I also left some bail gear in a crack a little ways off the fall line (climber's left) after leading up to cut our rope. Tricam and a brass nut. Feb 12, 2018
The intermediate rappel station that used to be out to climber’s right below the top dead-tree anchor seems to have been removed, so the first rappel goes straight down to the big ledge. Two 70m ropes reach easily; looks like two 60s would cut it pretty close. Scramble down climber’s right and do one more single-rope rap to the ground. Apr 5, 2018

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