Why I Will Never Climb Brewer's Buttress Again

Why I Will Never Climb Brewer's Buttress Again

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Jul 15, 2017
Activities Activities: Trad Climbing
Seasons Season: Summer

I had an EPIC on Brewer's Buttress getting nighted in a lightning storm. The whole story and all the other obstacles I detail in my blog post

My condition report is that the descent gulley was snow free and the trail from the summit to the descent gulley was mostly snow free on July 15. We underestimated the approach time and the climb time also got away from us which led to difficult night time route finding in a storm. Then we were attacked by a rat. :)

Condensed Timeline

  • 4.5 hours approach
  • 7.5 hours climb
  • 7.5 hours descent

Full Timeline

  • 6am – Wake up
  • 7:15am – Leave Canmore Visitors Center
  • 8am – Trailhead
  • 9:30am – Castle Lookout
  • 10am – Base of Diagonal Break
  • 11:00am – Goat Plateau
  • 12:30pm – Brewers Buttress Base
  • 1:30pm – Climb
  • 3pm – Start P3
  • 5pm – Top of P7
  • 6pm – Top of P9
  • 7:45pm – Start P13
  • 9:10pm – Summit
  • 10:30pm – Top of Upper Tier Descent Gulley
  • Midnight – Goat Plateau
  • 1:30am – Castle Lookout
  • 3:30am – Trailhead
  • 4:30am – Canmore Visitors Center


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