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First Wave Buttress

California > Sierra Eastside > Mammoth Lakes Area > Casa Diablo Mountain

Description

This large buttress of rock has a number of sport and trad routes on its north west face. The rock is generally good quality and with some time the climbs will clean up nicely.

Typically the climbing is on well featured faces and slabs or in deep cracks at the sides of the faces.

Getting There

From the parking lot hike up the hill for 100 yards. Trend rightwards and pass a camping spot and continue up the hill. You will soon pass by overhanging fins of rock. After these fins head rightwards between large boulders, and then continue heading up the hill. Soon the buttress will come into view. Hike directly towards the buttress. The bolted lines on the left should be fairly obvious.

Routes from Left to Right

5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 1
Honeymoon's Over
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 1
Domestic Bliss
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 1
Perfect Match
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 1
Rattlesnake Crack
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Honeymoon's Over
 1
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Domestic Bliss
 1
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Perfect Match
 1
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Rattlesnake Crack
 1
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad

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Establishing the routes on the First Wave
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Enjoying a shakeout after the crux.
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Unknown routes up to ring anchors on the First Wave Buttress.
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Bolting the new lines on the First Wave.
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First Wave Buttress Left Topo
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