All Locations > International > North America > Canada > Alberta > Banff National Park > Castle Mountain
Avg: 3.4 from 15 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 13 pitches, Grade II|
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|Shared By:||Hans on Dec 2, 2007|
|Admins:||Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra|
DescriptionBrewer Buttress is an excellent easy multipitch with good rock, great views, a straightforward descent, and fun climbing. All belays are fixed with bolts.
Pitches are described as per the topo given below.
P1: 40m, easy fifth. Follow broken rock up and left. In my opinion this was the only bad pitch on the route.
P2: 30m, 5.5. Continue to a belay on a large ledge on top of the pedastal.
P3-4: 55m, easy fifth. Follow a break up and right past a station to a belay on top of a small ledge. These pitches are typically linked.
P5: 35m, 5.5. Climb up a broken wall to a good ledge and a belay anchor. Continue left along the ledge around the corner and belay there.
P6: 30m, easy fifth. Climb up and right to belay at the base of a left facing corner. Belay here or link with pitch 7.
P7: 25m, 5.6. Climb to the top of the corner and move right to the belay.
P8: 25m, 5.5. Climb another left facing corner to a ledge.
P9: 40m, 5.7. Climb a right facing corner over a bulge. Continue up the corner to a belay.
P10: 20m, fourth class. Climb easily up a slab by wall to a belay at the base of a steeper wall. This pitch can be linked with the previous one.
P11: 35m, 5.6. Climb up through a steep section then more easily to belay at a good ledge.
P12: 40m, 5.6. Climb up a corner then move right onto a steep wall that leads to the top of the cliff. Finding an anchor at the top of this pitch is difficult, as is hearing your partner.
P12-13: 35m, 15m. Follow the corner to a belay, then climb the short wall above to the top of the cliff.
Approach and DescentEither approach to the upper cliffs is viable for Brewer Buttress. Though the hut approach is probably quicker overall, I find the Rockbound Lake approach to be more enjoyable. See the Castle Mountain page for details on both of these approaches.
The Hut approach
Brewer Buttress is visible from the hut as the last buttress before the Eisenhower Tower.
From the hut on Goat Plateau, follow the trail east along the base of the cliff until you reach a bay on the right side of the buttress. A belay bolt marks the start of the route.
The Rockbound Lake approach
Alternatively take the Rockbound Lake approach to Eisenhower Tower and from there follow the trail along Goat plateau from right to left to reach the start of the route.
To get down, walk WAY west to reach a large low angle scree gully. The walk is likely farther than you will think. The correct gully is typically marked with a large cairn. Make sure to walk past the first un-cairned gulley, past another ravine to the correct gulley marked with many cairns. Once in the gulley, descend maybe 600 ft until you notice it go into a choke point which will look like a ravine. The gulley cliffs out here and look skiers right for chains and cairns. From these chains you rappel.
Rappels near the bottom of the gully to bypass chockstones. Look skiers right for chains and cairns. From these chains you rappel:
R1: 15m to slung boulder directly below chimney
R2: 35m down a larger chimney to chains on skiers left. If you have a 60m you can down climb when you run out of rope.
R3: 37m down to a ledge, skiers left of last rappel to chains. You can walk down to this small ledge if have a shorter rope.
R4: Over edge down to scree field. If you go skiers left once on the scree you can get off rappel in a little more level divot.
From here walk down more steep loose scree to until you see a few large angled ledges. Drop down onto the first ledge and walk downwards and left until you reach the lower gulley you came up. You can locate it by cairns and a slung flake. Now reverse descent.