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Routes in Yellowknife Buttress

Abbey Normal S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Alaskan Arches S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Arctic Circle S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Aurora Borealis S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Bering Strait S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Bridge to Nowhere S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cannery Row S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Chimney Sweeps T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Cow Patty S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Gifts From Attu S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Juno S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Lone Ranger T 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a C0
Lone Wolf T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Mosquito S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Nanook of the North S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Old Yeller T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Yellowknife S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Yukon Cornelius S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
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FA: Lee Hansche and Jakob Montoya, july 12th 2010
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Shared By: lee hansche on Jul 13, 2010
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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This is now the route that takes you highest up on the cliff. It has some really fun and exciting moves, great exposure, views and rock quality. It is basically an extension or second pitch to Abbey Normal 5.10c.

From the Abbey Normal anchors climb the very easy slab to the first bolt of Bridge (its about 20-25 feet to the bolt but maybe 5.1). From there climb up the corner under the roof, at the 3rd bolt make a really fun couple of moves out left and over the roof. Follow 3 more bolts up the low angle face to a tricky finish on small holds. Mantel the sloping ledge and take in the view, its amazing up there.

Be careful of a loose block above and left of the anchor.
I'd toss it down but i dont want to ruin the bolts on routes below.


Continuing up from the anchors of Abbey Normal.


If you are linking the 2 pitches:
-i suggest long runners on the first 2 bolts of Bridge (that makes it run really smooth).
-you will need a 70m rope to get back to the ground.
-or you can rap it with 2 ropes.
-or you can lower to Abbey's anchor and then from there to the ground.
-or what ever else you come up with.


lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
Yesterday Jakob and i spent the first half of the day putting up a second pitch to Abbey Normal 5.10c. It was way to hot to be up in the direct sun for a few hours. I had noticed the line last time i climbed Cow Patty 5.10a (in the spring). It was pretty clear that there was a nice route there but i ended up having to wait for the falcons to finish doing their thing... they've now finished, and i got to do my thing...

I first led the route ground up on gear (bad gear for the most part) digging through lichen to find holds... i did the same roof crux but took an easier finish on that run... after jakob followed me up we rapped in, giving it a really good cleaning and bolted it including a more direct and harder finish... Jul 13, 2010
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Lee, nice. Does this take you right up to the ridge line? If so, it might be a nice way to approach my 2 open projects in the gully way up in the Highlands, past Visions of Jerusalem. One could rap in to the base rather than approaching up the green slab. Jul 13, 2010
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
yeah it looks like a good way to get over there though it might still involve some funky tricks to get to your climbs it might be better than the gully climb...
i plan to explore Summit Crag in more detail sometime soon... including your routes up there, im psyched on that place... Jul 13, 2010
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
Mark- I was back up there today fixing a funky bolt on my route and i did set up an anchor to get to your projects... basically you would climb The Bridge to Nowhere and continue past the anchors clipping a random bolt about 15ft above, then traverse left and slightly down to a cluster of trees where i left an anchor of webbing with a rap ring... it might be a tension traverse situation but it would get you there... Aug 10, 2010

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