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Routes in Battle of the Bulge Buttress

3 Strikes You're Out T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Air Swedin T 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c R
Battle of the Bulge T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Big Baby, The T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Black Corner T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Bloombagged Again T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Cal and Andy's Route T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Cave Route T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Christmas Tree T 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Crack Attack T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Digital Readout T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Disco Machine Gun T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Dogs in Space T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Down in Albion T 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c R
Elbow Vices T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Fat Boy Slim T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Hole in the Wall T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Jagged Wedge, The T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Jane Fonda's Total Body Workout T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Last Battle, The T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Like a Prayer T 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R
Mayes, The T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Moon Also Rises, The T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Mystery Machine, The T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Our Piece of Real Estate T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Pigs In Space T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Quarter of a Man T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Railroad Tracks T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Ruby's Cafe T 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Ruins Crack T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Seppuku Flake T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Swedin-Ringle T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Think Pink T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Unknown w/ 2 bolt RF corner T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Unnamed 5.10 LF flake in deep corner T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unnamed 5.11 (Just R of the Mayes) T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Unnamed 5.11- just L of Last Battle T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Unnamed RF hands to tips T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Warm-up T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Type: Trad
FA: Steve Hong 1977
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Shared By: Mike Sofranko on Oct 30, 2001
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RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details

Description

This route follows an obvious right-facing corner through a slight bulge (hence the name). It is easy to identify as you walk along the base of the wall, and can be picked out from the Donnelly Canyon parking lot. Look for a right-facing corner that starts atop a block. It is vertical for a bit, then goes to less than vertical before it heads through the slight bulge. The route has two sets of anchors: climbing to the upper set is less contrived but the upper part of the route is slightly lower quality. I listed the rack for climbing to the lower anchors.

The crack is a perfect #0.75 Camalot or #2 Friend size all the way through the bulge. Get in the lieback and SPRINT! The clock is ticking, just plug in the next cam and go go go. I'm sure those with superior techinique or smaller hands will be able to jam more than I could. Once over the bulge, the crack widens slightly. For the liebackers, just pretend the bulge isn't there and you'll be fine.

This is a great first 5.11 lead as minimal thought and technique is required. After you get this route dialed, head to Black Corner or Three Strikes You're Out and go for the onsight.

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3 #0.75 Camalots, 7 #2 Friends, 2 #1 Camalots, 1 #2.5 Friend
Aaron Livingston
Moab, UT
  5.11
Aaron Livingston   Moab, UT
  5.11
Lay backing is for suckers. Get on those feet :) Oct 16, 2015
W.S.
Montana
  5.11c
W.S.   Montana
  5.11c
#2 Friends are the jam starting about 40% of the way up. Before that it's green camalots. You can get a couple reds in up high, but they're tight so beware if you're cramming 'em in. I find this to be significantly harder than Black Corner. Also, this route is awesome and Steve Hong is a badass. Nov 20, 2013
Deniz
Boise
Deniz   Boise
I thought this was one of the harder 5.11s I have gotten on around here. I definitely wouldn't have liked it as my first 5.11 lead but then I am not much of a crack climber... Jul 5, 2012
Brian Alexander
  5.11
Brian Alexander  
  5.11
I only used #0.75 and #1 Camalots. I have very fat hands and it was ring locks most of the way for me. Jan 25, 2012
the IC book says to bring a #2 camalot however i was able to do the whole climb with just .75 and # 1 camalots. this is a great climb for people with small hands especially girls! if you have small hands you can climb the crack straight in from top to bottom! great climb! Dec 8, 2009
FA= Steve Hong, 1977. May 10, 2009
Michael Sokoloff
Spokane, WA
Michael Sokoloff   Spokane, WA
I don't understand why this crack is so commonly laybacked. I have average sized hands and feet and never fell into a layback once. It took my feet very well, so aside from being a bit painful the stress level was not too high (i.e. not a bunch of weight on the arms). Laybacking is strenuous, stressful and can create unpredictable falls. Why do it if you don't have to? I concur with the last poster that large hands and more importantly, large feet would make this climb quite difficult. Apr 12, 2007
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
Big hands beware... that's all I have to say. Apr 11, 2007
d-know
electric lady land
  5.11
d-know   electric lady land
  5.11
black metolious fat cams are nice on this one Jan 26, 2006
Regarding the description above, this is a bad first 5.11 lead, since its probably the hardest of the 5.11 corners at Battle of the Bulge. I actually found Quarter of a Man to be easier. For a first 5.11 lead, do Crack Attack, Cave Route, Black Corner, or even 3 Strikes or Jane Fonda's. Also, I would recommend fewer #2 friends and more 0.75 camalots... the crack is too tight for #2 friends until the bulge. I go with 11+ for the lead, though it will feel substantially easier on TR. Mar 28, 2004
I recommend going to the second set of anchors. The climbing is only .10+ but adds another fifty feet of fun climbing. Dec 3, 2003