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Bell Buttress Massif Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,600'
Location: 40.0012, -105.413 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    Bell Buttress has been divided for organizational purposes. The subdivisions include The Aquarium Wall, The Main Crag, Bean Liquor Wall, and The Patio.

    Getting There 

    Drive West on Canyon from Boulder and set your odometer at the bridge just east of the Dome. Drive 8.1mi up the canyon and a little ways beyond Boulder Falls, look for Practice Rock on the north side of the road with a gravel pullout. Park here then head across the creek on the south side of the road via a tree bridge.

    To access the routes, hike downstream to the east end of the wall then scramble up an easy ramp to the base of the routes. Descent from the top is via a gully on the west side of the wall.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 5.5 miles from here

    59 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',0],['5.9',5],['5.10',12],['5.11',21],['5.12',14],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Bell Buttress Massif

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bell Buttress Massif:
    West Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    West Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Cosmosis   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Gates of Eden   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Hound Dog   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Saved by the Bell   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Huck Finn   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 70'   Aquarium Wall
    Epiphany   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Arms Bazaar   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    The War on Peace   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   The Patio
    Grand Inquisitor   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    The Spoils   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    The Purpose   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Beethoven's Fifth   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Freak on a Leash   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Tiempos de Ceguera (Times of Blindness)   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Verve   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, Chipped, 1 pitch, 80'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Joseffa Meir follows up the 'West Face (5.9)' of B...

    West Face 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : ... : Bell Buttress - Main Crag
    Looking for a well-protected, challenging 5.9 crack to climb? Eldo feeling a bit too greasy in this heat? If so, the shady "West Face" (a misnomer- this is a crack climb for the most part) route on Bell Buttress is for you. Locate this little beauty as the right-most of three crack systems right of Cosmosis. Climb the crack in the shallow right-facing corner, over a roof at a big flake, to a 2-bolt belay.Rappel (watch you don't miss the ledge!) or continue up the system to the t...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

    Photos of Bell Buttress Massif Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: The classic Cosmosis Dihedral, photo: Bob Horan.
    The classic Cosmosis Dihedral, photo: Bob Horan.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Bell Buttress.
    Bell Buttress.

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    By adam brink
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 1, 2008
    The Dan Levison Community Service Foundation has kindly put in an excellently positioned tyrolean traverse and connecting trail right in at the bottom of the crag.
    By Rich Farnham
    May 4, 2011
    The tyrol rope was getting pretty scary (multiple coreshots). It has been replaced with two strands of static rope that should be good for a couple more years.

    Thanks to everyone who donated rope for the Boulder Canyon tyrols!
    By Rich Farnham
    May 29, 2013
    Well, I guess "a couple more years" was technically accurate. Only 2 years before someone cut this down. Wish I knew who was cutting these down. The ropes were still in great shape.

    I'll try to get out there soon to add new ropes, which will be a pain in the a$$ since the creek is already raging.
    By Hale
    From: Boston
    Jun 3, 2013
    I added a new tyrol yesterday (6/2) with some old dynamic rope. I plan to replace it with some static rope soon.

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