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Three Hour Buttress

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Three Hour Buttress Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,400'
Location: 37.3759, -118.681 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: rickziegler Ziegler on May 13, 2011
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Third pitch of Three Hour Arete (5.10c)

Description 

Mixed gear and bolted climbing on great Pine Creek granite, 10 minutes from the car. Three Hour Arete is THE climb to do here, with an excellent variation/addition on the fourth pitch. StrikeSlip makes a good warm up/cool down.

Morning sun. Afternoon shade. Best in winter, spring fall or late summer evenings.

Getting There 

Drive 9 miles north of Bishop on Highway 395. Turn left on Pine Creek Road past Rovana and into Pine Creek canyon.

Park 0.6 miles past Pratt’s Crack Gully on Pine Creek Road, to where small a creek crosses road. Walk on old mining road, to use trail. Short Class 3 to base of cliff.
10 minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.5 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Three Hour Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Three Hour Buttress:
StrikeSlip   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 320'   
Three Hour Arete   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   
Hall Pass   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Featured Route For Three Hour Buttress
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Three Hour Arete 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Three Hour Buttress
Four pitch climb with an easy approach. Pitch 1: left and below a bolt single bolt, then up a thin crack (5.9). Head up left to a 5.7 lieback corner. 30m pitch. 1 bolt + gear for belay (small + #2,#3) below small bush. Pitch 2: Start with 5.8 gear protected rightward traverse, then up a crack to a bolted bulge (5.9). 4 more bolts on the 5.8 arete lead to a bolted anchor. Pitch 3: 20m up the bolted arete (5.10a) to a bolted anchor. Pitch 4: Clip a bolt and commit to the crux ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Three Hour Buttress Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Austin Archer drilling on lead, pitch 3 of Three H...
Austin Archer drilling on lead, pitch 3 of Three H...
Rock Climbing Photo: First time up the last pitch of Three Hour Arete.
First time up the last pitch of Three Hour Arete.
Rock Climbing Photo: Austin Archer on the crux move, pitch 4, Three Hou...
Austin Archer on the crux move, pitch 4, Three Hou...
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo
BETA PHOTO: Topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Map of Lamb Canyon area
BETA PHOTO: Map of Lamb Canyon area
Rock Climbing Photo: The 5.9 mixed start of Three Hour Buttress.  The 2...
The 5.9 mixed start of Three Hour Buttress. The 2...
Rock Climbing Photo: Traversing start to Hall Pass (5.10d).
Traversing start to Hall Pass (5.10d).

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By Jason Chinchen
From: Bend, Oregon
May 15, 2011
Checked it out the other day. Looking forward to getting on it!
By BAd
Oct 26, 2016
Anyone know about the new two-pitch route just to the left at the base? Bolted slab to nice looking corner? Looking forward to checking it out.
By rickziegler Ziegler
May 24, 2017
@BAd I think you are referring to "Three Minute Man." I've added it to this page now. It's worth doing!

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