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Areas in Boott Spur Buttresses

0. Buttress "Zero" ( "0") 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
1. Buttress 1 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
3. Buttress 3 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Elevation: 5,500 ft
GPS: 44.253, -71.287 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Robert Hall on Aug 10, 2016
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall
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These are the buttresses just below the 5500 ft "peak" of Boott Spur on the southern "wall" of Tuckerman's Ravine.

When the valley temps are in the 90's the weather is cool up here! Lots of potential up here and over on Lion's Head (see Lion's Head photo in "Summer Chimney")

While technically not a Wilderness Area, we should endeavor to keep it pristine.

Getting There

The GPS Position for this "AREA" is set to the approximate point on the Boott Spur Trail where one would leave the trail to circle around the base(s) of the Buttresses.

Two choices:

1) Pay $'s and drive up the Auto Road to the parking at 5700 ft where the Huntington Ravine Trail hits the Auto Road. Drop down the Huntington Ravine trail 0.3 mi. to the Alpine Garden trail; take that past the Lion's Head Trail to the Tuckerman's Ravine trail. Take that up 250 vertical ft to "Tuckerman's Junction". Then the "Lawn Cut-Off" trail to the Davis Path, to Boott Spur trail. Take this to the Boott Spur "peak" and beyond to where you can cut off left around the bases of the buttresses. (see photo) about 3 1/4 miles and about 600 vertical feet "up" (each way)

2) From AMC's Pinkham Notch take the Tuckerman's "Fire Trail" to Boott Spur Link trail to Boot Spur Trail. Before reaching the "peak" of Boot Spur cut off right to the base of the buttresses. About 3 miles and 3200 vertical feet. [NOTE: Taking the Boott Spur Trail from the bottom might be a little bit shorter, but the trail is much rougher! ]

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Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
a COMMENT from Tim Gatherum (rec'v'd via e-mail)

I wanted to share some beta on Buttress #1 that my friend Mark and I climbed last Sunday. Sounds like we had a similar outing. Looking to beat the heat, but not really succeeding at that attempt, (still wicked hot and muggy). However, we did climb some fun terrain. We took a pitch up the left facing corner with the chock stone between your bottom yellow text "not climbed" and red text "not climbed." Probably 5.7, similar to the 5.7 corner on Pinnacle Butt, however a bit more strenuous. We continued a second pitch next to your orange arrows "top of chimney." We found an old pin about 2/3 up that pitch. Interesting layback moves on positive holds made for a fun, but airy second pitch. We followed your "leave the trail here" GPS and found that to be pretty low. To repeat the route we did, I'd be tempted to just rap from the top of the buttress, that other dirty gully between #1 and #0 does look like it might be a more direct path, though I can't comment on the steepness or soundness of that approach.

- Tim "
Tim Gatherum

Re' "Leave the trail" being low: It's possible the positioning of the GPS is a bit low. "Converting" the map is sometime tricky. FYI Rapping in might be the "way to go" especially if you have two ropes; we had only a single 50m "mountaineering" rope. Jul 6, 2018

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