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The White Buttress 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Chris hassig and Mark iber 1979!
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Dec 3, 2011

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Scamper up very easy low angle rock to the base of the white wall. The crack angles left to right on quartz with a dose of lichen. It follows a crack but you do a good bit of face climbing. The climbing is good, the positioning is AMAZING! You will be looking down in to the Baker River Valley and the river it self bending its way through. The best place to view this area we love so much.

Place a nice solid piece and step up in to it. A finger size cam placed just after I started kept me happy as I made sense of the strange crack holds, slippery quartz feet and face holds hidden by lichen. After a 15 foot crux section you can stand on your feet before clipping a pin and pulling one more tricky section. This upper bulge is a little less difficult but more fun than the crux. Top out on a nice jug and decide where you'd like to anchor. There isn't a perfect spot to do so but a few trees to choose from.

With a good cleaning this would be a great climb. Not sure if it would see enough use to keep it clean unless it was bolted. That wouldn't be aweful but I think it's fine how it is.


This is a 3rd above the Armed and Dangerous area That tops out on the highest point on the Main Cliff. Best way to approach the route is by climbing The Big Easy (5.7), to Bourbon Street (5.10c). The white butress will be right above you at the anchor of Bourbon. If you don't want to do a 10c pitch, you can stay on the Big Easy, taking the bolted 5.4 pitch directly up from the Sesame Street anchor, which brings you to a bolted anchor just a bit left from Bourbon Street. You may want to continue just above and belay from a tree though if there is still a good one (there was a fire)

If you wanted to, you could get to the base of the route by hiking around and scrambling around the climbers left side of the buttress and anchoring to a tree. but the approach pitches are fun and a good warm up for the main event.


Regular rack, fixed pin. Belay from trees.

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By Eric Leclerc
From: Montreal
Aug 28, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

As of today, this route is all brushed and ready to climb.
The lichen condition was so bad before the brushing that you can now see the line from route 25. You can see a white diagonal band in between the black lichen. Go give it a try...
By Eli
From: Lives in a truck
Sep 4, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Thanks for putting work into old routes at Rumney!
By M Sprague
From: New England
Apr 27, 2016

Was the 3rd pitch of the old line Slick. I have heard that Tim Gotwells actually lead this pitch first, but he was the "new kid" so credit was overlooked.
By Daniel Kaye
From: Boston, ma
Jun 6, 2017

Anyone know how the decent for this one is? Is there a walk off, or do you have to wrap off a tree, maybe leave some slings? Rappel station?

Saw it from the top of Burbon St. and it looked nice, would love to give it a try...
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jun 6, 2017

Best to hike down IMO. If you head back over the dome you run right into the Overland Trail. Right will take you to the left end of Orange crush. If you go left a little instead, and cross the seasonal Venus stream, you can then scramble down along the edge of the Venus Wall, which is faster but exposed. I would only suggest the Venus way if you have already familiarized the way by scrambling up it previously

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