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Fifi Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Fifi Buttress is the large formation directly to the west of the leaning tower. It is home to a multitude of free and aid routes from seven to ten pitches in lenght. There are even some one to two pitch free routes at the base.

In the late fall and winter time this area gets all day shade. For a good part of the year it gets afternoon sun around 1:30 or 2pm similar to the Leaning Tower

Getting There 

Park in the Bridalveil Falls parking lot. Hike out from the south side of the lot. (To the right of the bathrooms). Head into the trees staying right/west of the talus feild. You should pick up a climber trail fairly quickly. Follow this as it gains elevation and eventually joins with a stream bed. Follow the stream bed until you see a large boulder on the left. Take the right side of the stream bed up a hill and then cut back across the drainage to the base of the wall. There is a large ramp, mostly 3rd class that cuts across the wall. This will lead to The Vortex, Romuland Freebird, Final Frontier and other routes.

Approach takes about 45 mintues.

Climbing Season

For the Leaning Tower Area area.

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Fifi Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fifi Buttress:
Center of the Universe   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 13 pitches, 1000'   
Voyager   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 7 pitches, 700'   
Romulan Freebird    5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 9 pitches, 1000'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Romulan Freebird topo by Lucho

Romulan Freebird 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Fifi Buttress
Thanks to the efforts of Lucho Rivera this Dan McDevitt route, formerly Romulan Warbird, now goes free. This route is very sustained and difficult. Each of the first six pitches is burly in a different way. This is a newer route, freed in 2012, so it is still there is still a little foliage and some loose or hollow rock on a few pitches. This does not really detract from the climbing since this route follows an incredibly steep line with amazing belay ledges after every pitch. P1 - 5.12a/b - ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Fifi Buttress shown next to the Leaning Tower.
BETA PHOTO: Fifi Buttress shown next to the Leaning Tower.
Rock Climbing Photo: Techno Geek Topo by Bryan Law
BETA PHOTO: Techno Geek Topo by Bryan Law

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