Belle Fourche Buttress Climber's Log

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Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Aug 1, 2019 5:35 am Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2019

Belle Fourche Buttress- 170’-5.10b***  Sucess!

Devils Tower is known more for corners than splitters, but this route is pure splitter and one of the better leads at the grade on the tower. You can do a direct hands start (5.9) which is recommended for a full 200’ pitch or you can traverse into a fixed rap on a ledge from Gooseberry Jam. You start hands and then go through a pure finger section for about 50’. The guide references needing “sausage fingers” to keep it 5.10-, but I disagree. The finger crack has a lot of bends and foot help regardless of the size of your fingers to keep the climbing moderate. Beautiful colored rock covers this fantastic splitter. It finishes on pleasant hands to the shared fixed rap ledge. Single to #2. Double 2’s and triple from #.4 to #.75. The 2nd pitch was nested by falcons as of July 2019. Dow

alpineair - Oct 28, 2013 8:36 pm

Fun route.  Sucess!

Like many others on Devils Tower.

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