Type: Trad, 2 pitches
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Shared By: John J. Glime on May 7, 2004
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Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


This is the very highly recommended variation on Standard Thumb.

Pitch one:Start up the gully for about 20 feet and then move onto the right wall up steep cracks (fun moves) to the tree filled gully. Continue up through the trees and belay where the trees end.

Pitch two:Climb the great hand/arm crack continuing up and to the right until you come to a roof. Undercling to the right and up onto lunch ledge and an obvious belay.

You now have a few choices... up the awesome S-direct, up the classic trough pitch, or rappel.


Standard trad rack, long runners to girth hitch trees.


Nathan Fisher
St George
Nathan Fisher   St George  
2 great sections of climbing. The lower twin cracks, that I thought were the best, and the upper crack. Unfortunately they are divided by a lengthy forest!!! Aug 22, 2004
The "Jungle Gym" in the middle of the pitch does detract a bit...but definatly still the variation of choice to get to lunch ledge. Feb 26, 2006
Really fun unless you have a haul bag. Maybe it is because i don't know how to properly haul, but it took me and my buddy at least an hour to haul our bags up the first pitch of this variation. Other then that i would much prefer this variation over the dirty gully of the standard thumb. Oh yeah about half way up the "jungle" there is another variation, like a 5.5 traverse, that takes you to the killer 5.8 trough above the crux of s-crack. Jul 1, 2006
haul bag? Jul 27, 2006
yeah dawg, we were sleeping on lunch ledge so we tried a haul bag. Probably a bad idea. Jul 29, 2006
Greg Gavin
Greg Gavin   SLC, UT
2nd trad lead for me. Good solid moves for the beginning leader. Jan 21, 2009
Stan Pitcher
Stan Pitcher   SLC, UT
Our favorite way to get to lunch ledge was always to cut right at the appropriate spot and belay at the start of the S-cracks 5.8 groove pitch. Its a great crack pitch that although a bit wide does not require any big gear. Up to a 3 or 3.5 camalot should be sufficient. Sep 14, 2009
Boissal .
Small Lake, UT
Boissal .   Small Lake, UT
You can avoid doing battle with the trees by staying on the left face. When the double cracks fade out shoot straight up in a system of discontinuous shallow cracks. A bit runout, probably 5.8ish, and a bit dirty. Seems like this line puts you between Indecent Exposure and Higher Expectations. Did it again yesterday and touched exactly 1 tree at the belay. Definitely the way to go. Oct 5, 2009
Alex Quitiquit
Salt Lake City
Alex Quitiquit   Salt Lake City
With a 70 you can run both mentioned pitches together in 1 to the chain anchors above S-Crack's final 5.8 groove pitch.

As Boissal said, you can avoid the tree jugs by staying to the left of the gully - the cracks may be sporadically filled with veg, but it climbs fairly straightforward. Nov 11, 2013
Billy Smallen
Salt Lake City, UT
Billy Smallen   Salt Lake City, UT
Just so everyone is aware a large block fell off the first pitch (double cracks above the gully before the trees) while we were climbing in February 2015 causing serious injuries. Be aware that there may be pieces yet to fall and the belay is super exposed. The bolts at the standard anchor were also smashed.

I would strongly recommend climbing past the first anchor (smashed bolts) you arrive at on when getting to this pitch (after pulling out of the wide crack on the Standard Route and into the tight gully). Keep going to a new pair of bolts with rings 30 ft up on your left that are for another climb. This will keep the belayer out of the line of fire should something else come down. Feb 23, 2015
Stan Pitcher
Stan Pitcher   SLC, UT
No leave the trees alone! If you read the comments above, its specified how they can be avoided. Sep 8, 2017