Type: Trad, 90 ft (27 m)
FA: Mark Ward and Dave Houser, FFA Drew Bedford 1988
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Shared By: Mark Gillis on Dec 21, 2005 · Updates
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, D C

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Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


This is the thin crack right up the prow of bongeater buttress with the bolt near the top. The route officially starts on the sloping ledge at the bottom of bongeater and goes around the corner and up the overhanging crack. The crack is expanding at the bottom and TCUs, nuts and aliens work well. The middle part eats nuts. The top part, past an old knifeblade driven up and in the crack takes a bit more creativity and is A2. A stretch from the last pin placement (short people may have to topstep) and you clip in to a new large bolt. One more creative move and then an easy mantle to the shelves which hold 3 bolts and rap chains. We did not do it free- at 5.12. It was a great aid route however and we did an additional variation at the bottom- starting directly below the crack with two thin pins, then an exciting hand traverse protected by a looped chickenhead. If you do it this way I would rate it 5.7 A2 Despite its short length it is very vertical. The route is like climbing a skyscraper.You can just see the very beginning of the route at the corner of the photo, it is just around to the right. We will try to get some better photos.


We use wired nuts from large to small peanuts. Aliens also useful and a blue TCU. The consensus rack would include Singles 0 TCU to 0.75, Stoppers, and RPs. Two fixed pins currently present, but route protects without them. One bolt for the direct aid finish.