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God of Thunder, Pitch 2 T 
Hushed Passage S 
Rehab T,S 
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Dear John Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.7985, -120.1377 View Map  Incorrect?
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This rock holds some really tough flared crack routes and sparing mixed sport and sport routes. Climbing is on vertical and slightly overhung clean rock.

This rock is the next large rock west of the main wall, and though not as imposing, still is about 130 feet tall and contains climbs from 1 - 2 pitches, depending on where you are on the rock.

This rock is almost always in the shade, due to large trees surrounding the main climbing area, which faces east. It's an excellent spot on a hot day, since there are some cool updrafts.

All routes that reach the top can be wlkaed off to the left. Otherwise, lower off, since most routes have top anchors on the wall.

Getting There 

Approach time: 15 - 25 minutes (from the parking lot), 3 minutes from the West Main Wall.

From the parking lot, head left at the fork from the parking lot. Head gently uphill on the trail until 150 yards past the Monk boulder, which is the large 25 foot rock on the left side of the trail. You will see the Lower Buttress, and will find the trail heading back at a greater than 90 degree angle heading over a 3' hump and around a medium suzed tree. Head on this trail for about 150 yards, and you will be at the Lower Buttress in front of one of few sport routes.

Continue on past the lower buttress by walking around the right side of the wall up the terraces. Continue up the decent trail into the scree field, where Dear John Buttress will hover a uphill and slightly right. Almost to the top (where the Lower Buttress seems to be ending, there will be a fork in the road. Instead of bearing left to go to the top of the lower buttress, continue up and right into the trees following the gradient. The wall will appear in the trees shortly, with the trail hitting the rightmost routes on the rock first.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.5 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Dear John Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dear John Buttress:
God of Thunder (5.9 corner variation)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
God of Thunder (.10c Variation)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Hushed Passage   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Rehab   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
God of Thunder (5.11b Variation)   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
God of Thunder, Pitch 2   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Fight the Power   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
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God of Thunder, Pitch 2 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Dear John Buttress
Climb one of the 3 God of Thunder first pitch variations. Clip the chains and continue into the route's second half.Fun, mostly hand-sized climbing takes you to a jug immediately below the first roof. Fairly straightforward movement and deep jams can be used to surmount this roof. About 10 feet of moderate offwidth brings you to a pair of old bolts and the second roof, which to me seemed considerably more difficult and puzzling than the first. A rail buried deep within the roof crack may help a ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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