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Boomerang S 
Corner Pocket S 
Creature S 
Cross Eyed and Blind S 
Eye of Mordor S 
Floaters S 
Lady Punk S 
Lamda S 
Push S 
Sausage S 
Superman S 
Toymaker S 
Typical Situation S 
Vignette S 
West Virginia Two-Step S 
You, Watch the Clocks! S 

First Buttress Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This area is popular when it's raining....and when it's not. There are some very high quality routes here and if you're not content with these, it's only a short walk to the 2nd or 3rd buttress along the cliff.

Getting There 

The parking is the same for the Main Meadow area (pull off at the top of Underwood Road). From the pull off, hike down the ATV trail, heading left when the first option presents itself as rock begins to appear on the right. Follow this down to the bottom of the hill until you reach the old railroad bed. (If you make a left too early, it's OK, just follow another ATV trail that runs parallel to Route 19 and go under the bridge to reach the old railbed). Once you reach the river, head left, east of Route 19 along the railbed that runs along the Meadow River. Follow this for about 10-15 minutes from this point and keep an eye out for cairns on the left at a small path. Follow this path up the hill until you reach the cliff. The path should lead you directly to Push. If you miss the path you will notice a creepy looking shack on the right side of the old railbed that's covered in orange spray paint. If you see this, turn back or continue a short distance until you locate another set of cairns on the left at a path. This path will lead you to the 3rd buttress. You can walk left along the cliff to access the 2nd and 1st buttress.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.6 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',4],['5.11',3],['5.12',6],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in First Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for First Buttress:
Ben Dunne   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Lady Punk   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   
Floaters   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Cross Eyed and Blind   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sausage   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Andoullie   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 40'   
Push   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Lamda   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 90'   
Superman   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Creature   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Eye of Mordor   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 110'   
Corner Pocket   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 90'   
Boomerang   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For First Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin giving it a go!

Creature 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  WV : The New River Gorge : ... : First Buttress
Creature could possibly be the finest route at the first buttress. It sits unassumingly around the left side of the buttress, hidden in the shadows of the more prominent routes on the front side. Its west facing orientation keeps it shady until early in the afternoon.The main business of the route starts above a ledge 20 feet off the ground. If you are feeling bold, or just want to impress someone, climb straight up a finger crack to the ledge. Otherwise scramble up the left side of the butt...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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