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Lower Mother's Buttress

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Alex's Tower T 
Another Unnamed Route T 
Cow-a-Bunga T 
Cymbeline T 
Fine Line, A T 
Guide's Route T 
Lord of Wisdom, The T 
Mint Jam T 
No Name Route T 
Slippery When Wet T 
Unknown Semi OW T 
Welcoming Party T 
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Lower Mother's Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.81351, -108.61807 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Feb 13, 2002

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Lower Mothers - good view of Guide's route.


This excellent crag was the first to be developed in Unaweep and still holds the greatest concentration of established lines. There are 39 routes consisting of high quality crack and face climbing, this is definitely a traditional climbing venue with only one route being fully bolted. A good selection of gear and crack climbing savy are essential. Routes range from 5.7 to 5.12, one to six pitches. This crag is on private property which is owned by local climbers who currently allow access, please treat the area with respect. This is among the finest of grags in the canyon. Mother's Buttress consists of three different areas; Main, Middle, and Lower Buttresses, East to West or Left to Right when facing the crag from the road. Park and approach is the same for all sections of the crag.

Getting There 

3.1 miles West of Divide Road on Hwy 141. Park at a pull-out on the side of the road near a fire burn area directly below the Lower Mother Buttress. Hike to the base of the Lower in 10 minutes, 15 to the Upper.

Climbing Season

For the Mother's Buttress area.

Weather station 17.6 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Mother's Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Mother's Buttress:
Alex's Tower   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Cow-a-Bunga   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Mint Jam   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Fine Line, A   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Guide's Route   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 670'   
No Name Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
The Lord of Wisdom   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Lower Mother's Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: Kristen at the fixed wire about to step right.

Another Unnamed Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Colorado : Grand Junction Area : ... : Lower Mother's Buttress
There's a lot of places to climb at Mothers besides what's in the guidebook. Here's one we did when the more popular routes were full. About 20' left of 105949834 is a deep crack system with a bulge. Climb up some nice face moves on the slab just right of the chimney (I cheated and placed a piece from the chimney then stepped down). When you get to the bulge (fixed wire), step right past a horn to a good ledge and then up a fun bulge to the top. There are no bolts, but you can scramble ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 20, 2005
I have discovered this piece of rock is for sale. 100k. 970-9352
By John Peterson
Jan 16, 2008
Latest story is here:

Anyone know what came of the meeting with the AF?
By Jesse Zacher
From: Grand Junction, Co
Jan 20, 2008
Someone is in negotiations with the AF and the land owners to buy it and then deed the land that has the climbing and the trail to have permanent access. So far, no new word. Except, donate to the AF.
By John Peterson
Oct 11, 2008
Help build a new trail!

The WCCC is going to be building a new trail to the Mother's area October 26th, 2008. Check out their website for details: westernslopeclimbers.blogspot....

The new trail will be on land that the WCCC will own soon and will get the trail off private property.
By rob pizem
Aug 17, 2011
You can find shade here in the later afternoon of summer. Great for a quick day of cragging. Plus the new parking lot should be in next week!!
By Marti Peterson
Aug 3, 2017
Hey, climber dudes and dudettes.
There will be a small, low-key dedication of a plaque for John Peterson on Lower Mother's Buttress on 8/5/2017, at 11am. Come if you like!

Otherwise, the next time you are there, please, notice the plaque, and tell a John-story.

Please share this notice with your climbing buddies in Colorado that knew John.
--Marti Peterson

Getting There
3.1 miles West of Divide Road on Hwy 141 near Whitewater, CO. Park at a pullout on the side of the road near a fire burn area directly below the Lower Mother Buttress. Hike to the base of the Lower in 10 minutes, 15 to the Upper.
Marti Peterson

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