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Lower Bulge Buttress Rock Climbing 

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This small buttress is hidden in the shade until mid-morning and located just to the left of the Trough. It can be easily recognized because of a large Ponderosa Pine tree growing out of its top. It also provides access to other routes such as Super Pooper, The Step and The Flakes. It is 165 feet high and has excellent rock quality, but sees little traffic.

Getting There 

From Lunch Rock head up and left towards the Maiden Buttress's right side, till you reach a narrow gully; Lower Bulge Buttress is on the right side of the gully. Then scramble up the gully and contour right until you reach the base of the buttress. A large flake is located directly in the center of the buttress; this is called Standup Flake. The approach time from Lunch Rock should take about 5 to 10 minutes. It might also be a good idea to put on climbing shoes before ascending the gully.

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For the (f) West Face Bulge Routes area.

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Bulge Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Bulge Buttress:
Standup Flake   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   
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Featured Route For Lower Bulge Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: Standup Flake from the belay.

Standup Flake 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Lower Bulge Buttress
A steep lie back gets your attention just off the belay; this is most likely the crux of the climb. The climb protects well, but can be a little pumpy at the start; so move quickly to avoid landing on your belayer. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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