Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Warren Marshall, Lenny Nelson 1964 FFA: George Lowe, Pete Gibbs 1974
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Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


The obvious dihedral. Some awkward climbing leads to a great hand crack which goes to fingers and finally to OW, which can be liebacked. The starting variation to the right is called Handeater.


Medium cams and stoppers. A #4 Camalot will fit in the OW at the top.
Nathan Fisher
St George
Nathan Fisher   St George  
Can we say classic. Great climbing on great rock with great gear. This climb deserves to be climbed every year. Hell, every week. Cams are nice, but not neccesary Leave that large cam at home, and just run out the finish. It would protect the finish, but it also is very pumpy to place. I found it easier to deal with the 20 footer possibility instead. Pick your tactics on this finish though, as has been said, either an offwidth (bloody knee jam) or a pumpy lieback (my choice). May 22, 2005
electric lady land
d-know   electric lady land
sweet jammin. try lie-backing the hand eater for fun. Jan 25, 2006
Nathan - a blue tcu fits nicely to the left of that flake in the back of the offwidth. It holds whippers from large climbers. Feb 12, 2006
Nathan Fisher
St George
Nathan Fisher   St George  
There is a 2-bolt anchor at the top. Aug 31, 2006
john gilchrist
sLC, utah
john gilchrist   sLC, utah
Do you know what "nemesis" means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by bongeater.

One day I will send this clean but at least I made it to the top. LOVES IT Sep 19, 2006
salt lake city, UT
icsteveoh   salt lake city, UT
I made it to the top too! What a great feeling. Man I need to work on my jamming technique but what a great route. Jan 31, 2007
Talia   SLC, UT
Can we also say beached whale..? IM sure there is a very stylish way to pop out of the top but for me it was a nice hook of the foot and a hoist of the body. Not so pretty but a very fun route none the less. Jun 27, 2007
Salt Lake
T_jones   Salt Lake
Got to climb this today in beautiful 60 degree weather...so sick! Mar 10, 2008
A hard 10d; sweet pro down low but very pumpy up top and nerve racking. It'll be a while before I get this redpoint... ;) Jan 20, 2010
Courtney Pace   Sandy
Its steeper than it looks. The top is a little scary but super fun once its over. A .75 protected right under the OW and caught my fall nicely. Don't even try to put in any pro up top, it will just frog you. Apr 12, 2010
Tim Wolfe
Salt Lake City, UT
Tim Wolfe   Salt Lake City, UT  
As good as it gets for hand crack climbing. Place a good cam and punch through the upper crux to the flare and get your feet set on the tiny nobs (I can vouch for a safe fall here - I have popped off this move a number of times). The exit is an interesting lie-off mantle unless you grovel into the flare. This is a great route to train for a big wall in a day - lead it over and over all day long and you will get in good shape. Jun 28, 2010
Landon McBrayer
Salt Lake City, UT
Landon McBrayer   Salt Lake City, UT
The first 1/3 or so is much like climbing an off-width, the middle 1/3 consists of fantastic jams in a crack that eats pro (BD 1-3 for me), and the final 1/3 can be done by laying it back and cruising the upper flare. I carried the #4 but didn't use it. Aug 28, 2010
What gear placements? This crack is meant for top-roping.

"This is a short route, maybe 5.6 but very runout. Definitely meant for TRing." Mar 28, 2011
Beautiful view with morning cool granite crack for my very first Utah climb! Not one scratch the holds were so sweet Jun 12, 2011
Mark SLC
Salt Lake City, UT
Mark SLC   Salt Lake City, UT
Awesome line. Gear is all there. Tenesmus is right - solid blue TCU placement as well as the obvious #4 camalot to protect the exit moves. Jul 25, 2011
Charlie S
Ogden, UT
Charlie S   Ogden, UT
Hard and varried! Wish I could have gotten it clean but it demands endurance. Managed to fit a #4 at the lower portion of the OW and then a #5 at the very top, on which I fell and weighted numerous times. Definitely worth doing and trying again for the clean ascent. Jun 9, 2012
Skat B
Down Rodeo
Skat B   Down Rodeo
I have probably gone up this route literally 100+ times and feel like it's best to "run out" the end. Below the offwidth crux are two pods right above each other that take a red #1 Camelot C4 (green #6 Metolius Ultralight Power Cam) and a blue #.3 C4 (yellow #2 Metolius Ultralight Power Cam). One or both of those will protect a clean and safe fall, so just power through the brief crux! :) Jun 19, 2012
The splitter to the right (Handeater) is super awesome, great hand crack. Oct 26, 2014
Bart Kensinger
Salt Lake City, Utah
Bart Kensinger   Salt Lake City, Utah
Such a great climb, and it makes you bring a big bag of tricks. One of my favorite single pitches anywhere to date. Aug 16, 2015
Jeff Catalano   Utah
Careful on the approach / descent - Went up there last night and there was a pretty big rattler on the trail camouflaged by a pile of twigs when we were coming down. Aug 18, 2015
This route is not 80' tall...probably more like 50 or 60.

Rack: Doubles .75-3 plus Single #4. I also brought singles .3-.5 for the bottom wide section. Oct 22, 2015