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Dr Demento's Descending Demise T 
Geek Crack T,S 
Go for it Lulu T 
Hairless T,S 
Hodge Podge T 
Hubba Bubba T 
IIlusion Chain T,S 
Jo Bubba S 
Mr. Pitiful T,S 
Rude Boy AKA Rue Boy T,S 
Seven Sharp T 
Sidewinder T 
Tronolane T 
Viper, The T 
Wake of the Flood T 

Snake Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Snake Buttress contains a good number of bolted slab climbs, and a couple of nice cracks.

Getting There 

To get to Snake Buttress, keep heading North past the normal parking for the Cynical Pinnacle parking area, for about 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Park in a pullout on the East side of the road (by the river). You will be directly below the rock and will see it as you drive up to the parking spot. You can spot the crag when you are looking at the back-side of the Cynical Pinnacle, and it will be to the right, and down a bit. Hike directly up the drainage, starting up an old road that is gated (steeper, and longer than it looks), and Snake Buttress will be the second major rock that you encounter. If you keep on the right path, you will encounter a couple of cairns on the way up. As a comparison, the approach is maybe a bit shorter than the approach to Cynical Pinnacle.

Per Jay Eggleston: the gated road now has a no trespassing sign on the gate.

Climbing Season

For the Cathedral Spires Area area.

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Snake Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snake Buttress:
Jo Bubba   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
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Featured Route For Snake Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: J. Bryan leading Illusion Chain

IIlusion Chain 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13  Colorado : South Platte : ... : Snake Buttress
Illusion Chain is located on the far right side of the snake buttress, just left of a large roof system that is close to the ground. It is a fairly long pitch of somewhat sustained slab climbing, protected by good bolts about 15' apart.Clamber up onto a tombstone flake while being a bit harassed by a pine tree. Move up to the right and clip a few bolts, being mindful of crater potential at the 2nd and 3rd bolts. Keep chasing bolts while trying not to peel of the flakes until you reach the anc...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Jason Haas
Oct 12, 2009
Kevin Stricker is my hero and should be yours, too. This bad ass not only crushes, he also replaces more bolts down in the Platte than probably everyone else combined. Considering he only gets out once a month or so these days as most of his time is consumed with being a super psyched new dad, he is by far the coolest and most humble steward in the area I know. For example, he literally replaced every bolt on the entire Snake Buttress a year ago with the only exceptions being Ride um Rueboy (rebolted by another person) and Dr. Demento. My count was 60 bolts, give or take one or two. Who does that!? Very few, exceptional people. Buy that man a beer.
By Kevin Stricker
From: Evergreen, CO
Oct 14, 2009
Thanks Jason, I wanted to credit Fremont Shields for getting the ball rolling on the Snake Buttress replacement, which was done in 2007. He replaced the bolts on Rue Boy and the first pitch of Hodge Podge. Also thanks to Dave Russell for helping with logistics, and especially to the ASCA who provided all the hardware.

Snake Buttress is a fun place to climb, but be considerate of the private property in the area and don't park on the closed mining road.
By Fremont Shields
Oct 31, 2009
I too want to thank Kevin for his selfless efforts to replace the many aging bolts in the South Platte. He does this with ASCA hardware, but still at considerable expense using his own equipment and equally valuable free time. His work is strictly replacement of like-for-like hardware and he does a quality job not scarring the rock. The one day I worked with him at Snake I hammered all day and had replaced 5 bolts by the end of forearms were pumped and my ears were ringing. Hand drilling 12mm holes in granite is a humbling experience.
By slim
Nov 2, 2009

I usually bring some of those little cheezy foam earplugs when I am doing any hand drilling, it is definitely really hard on my ears otherwise. Thanks to you and Kevin both. Snake Buttress is a fun little crag. I'm always surprised it doesn't see more traffic.
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Nov 2, 2009
Somewhere back in the distant past I was in on one of the slab routes at Snake Buttress, unfortunately I don't remember which one. We placed 1/4" bolts on lead on that route and I recall some differences in our feeling how reliable the bolts would be after they were in as some stances were easier to drill from than others, etc. Thanks to Kevin and others for replacing that old junk with something that might actually hold a fall.
By Jason Haas
Nov 6, 2009
Tod, according to Climbing #111, you, Curt Fry and ?? Frizzell put up Wake of the Flood. Sound about right?
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Aug 2, 2015
The gated road now has a no trespassing sign on the gate.

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