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Routes in Snowdon Peak

Naked Lady Couloir T Mod. Snow
Northeast Ridge T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
South Rib via The Back Up Plan T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
South Ridge T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
West Buttress T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Type: Trad, Alpine, 800 ft, Grade III
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Kevin Sainio on Aug 23, 2010
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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The West Buttress is a great route that follows the prominent buttress directly under the summit of Snowdon. The rock is of decent quality for the San Juans, but there is still plenty of loose stuff. The route starts off as a scramble and steepens as you get higher. Most parties will want to rope a couple hundred feet from the summit or it is possible to bypass the 4th class sections climbing through the gully just to the right of the Buttress.


Take the climbing trail until you are able to ascend the scree field to the base of the climb. The route follows the buttress between two gullies. Follow the Northeast Ridge Route to descend.


A light alpine rack with a selection of nuts and cams. A helmet is recommended.


The 3rd class descent on the North East ridge is very steep. The top section of the ridge has a sling with a rappel ring on it that can be used to get off the top steep section. Oct 4, 2010
Jordan W  
Just did the West Buttress today, 10/9/17. This was a great route and had some really good exposure over easy terrain and pretty solid rock the whole way up. Always check before using holds though, these are the San Juans. Before going up the trail that leads to the saddle, cut straight up the talus field to the buttress right below the peak. Should see a couple of grassy parts marking the start of the route. Downclimbing NE ridge was pretty chill, even with the white out we got caught in. In my opinion, you don't need a rope if you scout around a little and have some experience. Oct 9, 2017

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