First Buttress Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The Elephant Buttresses. Most routes start off th...
The First Buttress doesn't have very much quality climbing on it; only a few routes have been done here.
Take the climber's access trail to the water pipe; go right to the first crag.
A. Flash Dihedral (Knapp Version)
, 6, 1p, 90', gear.
B. Flash Dihedral (Rossiter Version?)
, 8+, 1p, 70', gear.
C. Wandering Jew
, 6, 1p, 150', gear.
D. Carly Was With Us
, 7, 2p, 210', gear.
Climbing Season For the Elephant Buttresses area.
Weather station 2.2 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in First Buttress
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for First Buttress:
Featured Route For First Buttress
Flash Dihedral (Knapp Version) 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b CO
: Boulder Canyon
: ... : First Buttress
This is the route Flash Dihedral as shown in the topo in Knapp's guidebook. I am not sure if this is the line referred to as an "obvious dihedral" in Rossiter's guide. See the other entry for Flash Dihedral for what is likely the 5.8+ done by Ament et al.Regardless, I really enjoyed this pitch. I liked it better than some of the other "classic" moderates on the Elephant Buttresses. It has clean rock, good fingerlocks, and solid gear. It's a worthy route and deserves its...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
By Paul Deger
Sep 18, 2016
Not sure if did FA by accident today. Started at base of First Buttress, not in the gully to the West, thinking we were on the Dihedral. We went up a slope to a 10 foot crack to the left of a large, protruding block. It was then blocky until you hit a large slope and set up an anchor. We did a 2nd pitch up a grungy slope to a 6 foot and topped out. About 210' total. See the pic for the start of route up to the crack and block.