Type: Trad, 90 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Merrill Bitter, Bret Ruckman 1981 (P2) Unknown (P1)
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Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


In the gully that The Great Chockstone starts in, are 3 routes on the right wall. First, from left to right, is Who's On First a bolted slab route, last is Multiplicity, a bolted arete climb. The Ross Connection is in between these two, climbing right along a ramp to a set of flared grooves. These end on a ledge and allow you to start a second set with better gear. End at the anchors.
Pitch two climbs off the anchors right past the tree and down-climbs a bit of Crescent Crack until you can traverse into the thin crack with maybe one good piece (Blue Wild Country), and maybe a second (Yelllow Metolius). Work up this crack/slab until you can get to the chicken-head, traverse right to the pile of jumbled boulders, and set an anchor. Nothing after the 2 pieces is possible, so if the second falls, he could get bloody on a slabby pendulum.

The book calls this a 5.10c. We felt it was easier, 9+ or 10b depending on who you ask.

The book also gives this an R/X rating. We both felt a flat R was better, if you use the tree.


First pitch is flaring and it liked cams (medium), second half was more nut-friendly, and the 2nd pitch--yellow Metolius, Blue WC. Climb above the tree and then downclimb as this will help if you fall before getting any pieces in.


Double D SLC  
First pitch is good, gritty, sharp and worth a trip to the first anchors. The easy section in between the two cracks sorta detracts from the fun jamming. Sep 19, 2007
Ben Folsom
  5.10b R
Ben Folsom  
  5.10b R
To protect the seconding climber on the 2nd pitch traverse to the base of the Ross route, I climbed up to the bolt on the Ross Route, then downclimbed and set up a belay on the blocky ledge below. With that bolt clipped, the unprotected traverse is much safer for the seconding climber. Good route, I agree that it is R and not X. Sep 14, 2008
Bobby Hanson
Spokane, WA
Bobby Hanson   Spokane, WA
It should be noted that the first pitch is 5.8, and is worth doing (one star). Nov 25, 2008