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Third Buttress

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L to R R to L Alpha
Ah Maw T 
Feathers T,TR 
Frequency Modulation T 
Left Wing T,TR 
Mojo Rising T 
Monster Woman T 
No Mo' Jo' T,TR 
Standard Left Start T 
Standard Route T 
Standard Variation T 
West Face (variation) T,TR 
What's Up? T 
Wingtip T,TR 

Third Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.0125, -105.308 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Mar 29, 2006


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  • Description 

    The Third Buttress is the most popular of the Elephant Buttresses & is home to a number of good, moderate routes on solid rock: Standard Route, 7+; Monster Woman, 8+; Wingtip, 10c; Left Wing, 10c; What's Up?, 10d; and the impressive FM, 11c. This area can be quite popular. It does have the unique aspect that multiple of its routes start on or near an old pipeline.

    Some routes start up a gully between the Second and Third Buttress, and others start right off the water pipe. Routes here are 1-2 pitches long. No bolts here.


    A. Feathers, 8+, 1p, gear.
    B. Wingtip, 10, 1p, 65', gear.
    C. Left Wing, 10, 1p, gear.
    D. Pegasus?, 11, 1p, gear.
    E. Misdirected?, 11+, 1p, gear.
    F. What's Up.?, 10+, 1p, gear.
    GF. Frequency Modulation, 11+, 1p, 130', gear.
    G. FM, 11, 1-2p, gear.
    H. Kangaroof?, 11, 2p, gear.
    I. Mojo Rising, 9, 190', gear.
    J?. No Mo' Jo', 11+, 1-2p, gear.
    K. Variation?, 9+, 2p, gear.
    L. Standard Route, 7+, 2p, 190', gear.
    M. Monster Woman, 9-, 2p, 190', gear.
    N. Ah Maw?, 10- R, 2p, 190', gear.
    O. West Face, 7, 1-2p, 170', gear.

    Getting There 

    Cross the bridge, go R, go up to the water pipe, and walk right, past the First and Second Buttress, to the Third Buttress. There are several prominent cables anchored from the pipe to the rock.


    There are multiple options: 1) The most commonly used descent is the 4th class to low 5th class downclimb down the ramp, but this is exposed. This is not advisable with beginners or in the rain. 2) Scramble down between the Second and Third Buttress and rappel 90' from the tree atop Pine Tree Route. 3) If the water level is low enough, you can take the water tunnel between the Third and Fourth Buttress. Be prepared for darkness and wet legs/feet; watch your head in the tunnel. 4) If you're not in a hurry, you can walk down between the First Buttress and the Dome, and walk the water pipe back to the Third Buttress.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 2.2 miles from here

    14 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Third Buttress

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Third Buttress:
    Standard Route   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches   
    Standard Left Start   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches   
    Monster Woman   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
    Mojo Rising   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
    Ah Maw   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
    Left Wing   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   
    Wingtip   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   
    What's Up?   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   
    FM   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch   
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    Featured Route For Third Buttress
    Rock Climbing Photo: Left Wing follows the L facing dihedral and angles...

    Left Wing 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : ... : Third Buttress
    Cool route with interesting moves. My limited trad experience kept my evaluation to a modest two stars.The route starts about halfway up the 4th class gully between the second and third buttresses. The climb itself is on the third Buttress. Begin by traversing right across a ledge into the obvious dihedral. Some small, good placements will get you up to a new bolt that protects a few feet below the roof and the first crux. Clip this and then a fixed Friend in the overhead crack. My buddy w...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Apr 19, 2009
    Does anyone know what the route that goes to the right of the end of the Standard Route on the top part of the Third Elephant Buttress? I got to it by climbing up the far right side of the Third Elephant Buttress. It fires right up twin slightly-overhanging cracks that has a fixed nut in the right one just below the crux. It spit me off a few times today, and I want to know its grade.... for purely selfish reasons.

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