Thunder Buttress Rock Climbing
Dan Osman soloing Gun Club (5.12c), NRG Photo: Ja...
Section of Beauty Mountain with a number of famous sport (Concertina, Stabat Mater, Gun Club) and trad routes (Super Crack, Mushrooms, Right Son of Thunder). Usually a good choice for those who want to avoid the crowds. Just like Endless, it is sunny and hot in mid day.
Walk along the cliff for about 20-30 minutes until the trail goes through rocky area under a huge roof. Just past the roof there is a large boulder which forms a cave enclosed on the left with a vertical orange face (Gun Club). The Thunder Buttress area starts here.
Weather station 4.9 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Thunder Buttress
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Thunder Buttress:
Mushrooms 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Concertina 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Gun Club 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For Thunder Buttress
Gun Club 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b West Virginia
: The New River Gorge
: ... : Thunder Buttress
This long face climb, just left of the big corner known as Super Crack, is a good introduction to NRG technical face climbing. Don't let the grade scare you off because none of the individual moves are any harder than 12a. But, they do add up and there are multiple cruxy sections. Bring your fancy footwork and strong fingers to reach the anchors on this one. On a historical side note, Dan Osman soloed this route in 1991. The story goes that Dan worked the crux on a short leash never really diali...[more] Browse More Classics in West Virginia