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Areas in Mother's Buttress

Cave Buttress 5 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Lower Mother's Buttress 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Middle Mother's 29 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 30
Other Mothers 6 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Outback, The 8 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Upper Mother's Buttress 12 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Elevation: 7,222 ft
GPS: 38.814, -108.619 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Matthew Seymour on Oct 15, 2009
Admins: Jesse Zacher, Jared LaVacque, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

The Mother's Buttress area was one of the first areas in the canyon to be developed, and with good reason. Excellent stone with continuous cracks, excellent solid face features, and steep unbroken rock make this area a true gem. The Mother's Buttress is broken into three main crags: Lower, Middle, and Upper Mother's Buttresses. A smaller crag, the Cave Buttress, is also accessed from the same approach, simply walk up and right once you reach the cliff.

Lower Mother's contains a great collection of single pitch cracks from 5.7 to 5.10, and is often a popular area for groups to set up top-ropes. The alcove on Middle Mother's contains the best collection of single pitch 5.11s in the canyon, with a few harder, and longer lines thrown in. Upper Mother's is home to a few classics including Questions and Answers, the undisputed classic multi-pitch in the canyon.

The majority of climbing on Mother's Buttress is on property that is currently owned by local climbers, but will soon be held by a climbing non-profit: the Western Colorado Climbers Coalition. Due to the way the property lines were drawn some climbs on the right side of Lower Mother's and all those on Cave Buttress are owned by another, and this parcel is currently for sale. Stay tuned for more developments.

As of July 2012, the WCCC with the help of volunteers, donations, and grants has been completed the Mother's Buttress project. A special thank you to the Petersons, who bought this property to keep it in climbers’ hands and subdivided it so the cliff side would be open to the public for future generations. The Access Fund also played a key role in this project.

Getting There

Drive 3.1 miles along CO-141 past the turn for divide road to a small pull out on the right side of the road.

There is a new trail that avoids private land that starts just left of the old trail. If you get the right trail you don't need to jump the fence, it is cut down between two of the posts.

Please park a couple feet back away from the edge of the gravel.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mother's Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cow-a-Bunga
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
84.1% Eclipse of the Heart (The Eclip…
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Black Bunny Rabbit
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mint Jam
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Guide's Route
Trad 6 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
No Name Route
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
RSG
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Large, Purple and Violent
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Red Orkan
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Questions and Answers
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Boodalicious Baby
Trad 5 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Indirect Objects
Trad 3 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Jagged Edge
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Doppelgänger
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Iron Maiden
Trad, Sport
Cow-a-Bunga Lower Mother's Buttress 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
84.1% Eclipse of the Heart… Other Mothers 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Black Bunny Rabbit Other Mothers 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Mint Jam Lower Mother's Buttress 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Guide's Route Lower Mother's Buttress 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
No Name Route Lower Mother's Buttress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
RSG Other Mothers 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Large, Purple and Violent Outback 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Red Orkan Outback 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Questions and Answers Upper Mother's Buttress 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Boodalicious Baby Other Mothers 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
Indirect Objects Middle Mother's 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Jagged Edge Middle Mother's 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Doppelgänger Upper Mother's Buttress 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Iron Maiden Middle Mother's 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport
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Hey, climber dudes and dudettes.
There will be a small, low-key dedication of a plaque for John Peterson on Lower Mother's Buttress on 8/5/2017, at 11am. Come if you like!

Otherwise, the next time you are there, please, notice the plaque, and tell a John-story.

Please share this notice with your climbing buddies in Colorado that knew John.
--Marti Peterson

Getting There
3.1 miles West of Divide Road on Hwy 141 near Whitewater, CO. Park at a pullout on the side of the road near a fire burn area directly below the Lower Mother Buttress. Hike to the base of the Lower in 10 minutes, 15 to the Upper.
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Marti Peterson Aug 3, 2017
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Grand Junction, CO
Rschap   Grand Junction, CO
On July 28th 2012, the Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition completed the second and final phase of the parking lot on the Mothers Buttress property. With this, the Mothers Buttress project is finished. This would not have been possible without the help of volunteers, donations, and grants. A special thank you to the Petersons, who bought this property to keep it in climbers’ hands and subdivided it so the cliff side would be open to the public for future generations. Your support and continued patience throughout this project was amazing. The Access Fund has played a major role in helping the WCCC get to this point of completion, without their guidance and support this would not have been possible. Thank you to everyone that has helped make this possible.

When parking here, please park a couple feet back away from the edge of the gravel. With time the rain will help pack this down, but for now the ground is still settling. Thank you. Aug 2, 2012
accessfund.org/site/apps/nl…

The credit for this goes to Steve Johnson, who worked tirelessly on all of the legal issues for over two years to get this through countless bureaucratic roadblocks. Oct 18, 2010

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