Type: Trad, 300 ft (91 m), 4 pitches, Grade II
FA: George Lowe and the late Mark McQuarrie 1965!
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Shared By: Orphaned on Mar 26, 2006
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Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


The crux of this fantastic route will be quickly discovered at the end of the first pitch. Slab climbing technique will be the only key to this route. Like the Ruckmans mention in their guidebook, one can not imagine doing this back in the day in hiking boots. Hardmen from Yosemite would try themselves on this route when traveling to or through Salt Lake City. To quote Wasatch Climbing North "One hopes this route will remain an inspiration for all climbers." I would dare to add that you are not a true Wasatch Climber if you haven't sent this formation.


Sneak through the trees above the Vault road and make your way up to the gully above. A path in the trees was cut a few years back, but may be grown in. Scrambling will be needed to get to the base of the Fin. In fact, take a day hiking to the base of the route to get familiar with the approach. If you fully understand the approach, take another day and climb the route.


Slab climbing skill and new sticky shoes. A small rack of cams, nuts, and quickdraws. One rope will get you down the rappel of the gully next to Intensive Care Slab.