Lifebuoy Buttress

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Lifebuoy Buttress
CragShot lifebuoy buttress.jpg
Rock Type Quarried Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Trad/Sport
Approach Time
Area Gower
Sub Area Rhossili
Local Area Rhossili Upper Crags
WGS-84 Location 51.566113, -4.301817
OS Grid Ref. SS 405 877
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.569301, -4.28840
GR Parking Location SS 415 880
Parking Postcode SA3 1PP
Base Elevation 10 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction West
Aspect Partially Sunny
Wind Sheltered Seldomly
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Quick drying
Crags Within 400m

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Tidal Status


Bolting Policy




The Routes

  1. The Axe 14m E1,5a
    The left hand arête.

  2. Blockbuster 14m Fr 5+.
    The wall 3m right of The Axe. Climb from ledge to ledge parallel with the arête, finishing up a short scoop. PRs missing.

  3. Hatchet Man Fr. 6b+
    The wall, direct, left of the stepped corner.

  4. Pulpit 14m HVS,5a
    Not a route to preach about! Climb a stepped corner 9m right of Blockbuster to a pulpit, move left and up a smooth curving crack for 1m then left and up a wall into a scoop to the top.

  5. Crunch 24m VS,4c
    Some 6m right of Pulpit is a corner with a grassy ledge. Climb this and the central crack in the upper buttress.

First Ascents

  1. The Axe - T.Penning, A.Sharp & J.Harwood 26.05.1985
  2. Blockbuster - N.Williams & P.Williams 00.00.1978
  3. Hatchet Man - R.Thomas & Ed Rees 00.05.2011
  4. Pulpit - N.Williams & P.Williams 00.00.1978
    G.Evans & J.Bullock Direct 00.00.1982
  5. Crunch - A.Tyas, J.Pratt, G.Evans 00.00.1981