Mississippi Buttress

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Perhaps the finest buttress on Stanage - a magnificent bastion of gritstone with a great set of climbs. Mississippi Buttress Direct is one of the best VS routes on grit and the nearby offerings of Congo Corner at HVS and The Link at soft E1 means that these ever-popular grades are well covered. Towards the lower end of the grade spectrum, Mississippi Chimney is a fair beginners' route and Amazon Crack is a good Severe.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Acheron
A worthwhile route up the left side of The Louisiana Rib. A reachy pull and delicate step from the break give a bold crux.
8 user comments
 
1 Stars
E1
2
The Louisiana Rib
Devious and worthwhile. Climb the crack on the left then traverse to the right arete. Up this awkwardly on its left-hand side...
11 user comments
 
2 Stars
VS
3
Finger Licking Good
A fingery eliminate direct up the centre of the face with some neat moves along the way.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
E1
4
The Levee
Start just left of the Chimney and climb direct, through the crux of The Louisiana Rib to a finish on the right.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
HVS
5
Mississippi Chimney
Enter the chimney by a steep blocky crack. Above this the main fissure is followed more easily. A decent beginners' climb.
6 user comments
 
1 Stars
VD
6
African Herbs
The bold rib high on the left sees very few visitors.
1 user comment
 E3
7
Dark Continent
A fine climb up the left-hand side of the face. Pull through the roof using a flake-crack then easier climbing leads to a blank...
5 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
E1
8
Congo Corner
A breathtaking pitch of outstanding quality. The technical thin crack leads to a rest below the overhang then traverse up and...
11 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
HVS
9
The Link Top 50
A direct on Congo Corner with good rests between the hard moves and low in the grade. Climb Congo Corner to where it heads off...
7 user comments
 
3 Stars
Strong
E1
10
The Mersey Variant
A bit of a non-line but with some decent moves before it runs out of space and blinkers are needed.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
E2
11
Mississippi Buttress Direct Top 50
The flaky crack that splits the centre of buttress is one of Stanage's top VS routes, though some odd souls don't rate it....
18 user comments
 
3 Stars
VS
12
Mississippi Variant
Follow Mississippi Buttress Direct to half-height, then move right to reach the right-trending flake. Climb this steeply to an...
10 user comments
 
2 Stars
Strong
HVS
13
Orinoco Flow
An eliminate but worth doing. Climb through the centre of the big roof, do the crux of Mississippi Variant Direct then take the...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
E2
14
Mississippi Variant Direct
Climb through the overhangs to a ledge then, from the left-hand end of this (low runners) step awkwardly up and left (much...
17 user comments
 
2 Stars
E1
15
Stanleyville
Low in the grade but pretty damn scary. Climb the rib to a ledge then make worrying moves to a break and very poor cam runner....
5 user comments
 
2 Stars
E4
16
Puzzlelock
The blunt rib gives bold pitch on small holds and little gear until above the crux. A bit of an eliminate and low in the grade.
 E5
17
Morrison's Redoubt
A good route, again low in the grade though the start is quite bold. From a block (low cam) climb the wall using tiny layaways...
9 user comments
 
2 Stars
E1
18
Melancholy Witness
Another eliminate, up the right arete. Start just right of Morrison's Redoubt and climb the left side of the arete to runners...
 E3
19
Amazon Crack
The undercut flaky crack is awkward to access (4b for the short) because of the undercut start. Once reached, the main crack...
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
Strong
S
20
Tributary
The blunt arete just right is rarely travelled and quite tough. A side-runner to the left lowers the grade and the grip a bit.
1 user comment
 
Strong
E2
21
Fallen Pillar Chimney
The odious green rift in the gully leads to the slumped tower blocking the way. Bridge past this to easy ground.
 
Graunchy
VD
22
Fairy Castle Crack
The angular groove on the right leads past a small overhang and into the continuation groove.
1 user comment
 VD
23
Pixie
Climb the blocky pillar and finish up the thin left-slanting flake in the final tower. Decent moves but a bit of an eliminate.
2 user comments
 VS
24
Fairy Chimney
The main groove on the left-hand side of the buttress leads past the right side of a jutting block and into a shallow chimney.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
D
25
Polyfilla
Plugs a gap! The narrowing slab leads to the next route. A finish out right is possible but avoiding the routes either side is...
1 user comment
 VS
26
Balcony Climb
The leaning crack left of the niches in the north-facing wall is followed by well protected climbing on jugs 'n' jams.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
HS
27
Balcony Cracks
Climb to the upper niche past a huge block, then the left arete until it is possible to pull right over the bulge to the final...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
S
28
Nine-Eleven
A line keeping left of the arete to a tricky crux roof near the top.
1 user comment
 
Strong
E2