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|Type:||Trad, Aid, 400 ft, 3 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||James Garrett and Patrick Maloney, 21 September 2007|
|Page Views:||718 total · 5/month|
|Shared By:||James Garrett on Sep 21, 2007|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq|
June 1st, 2017:The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance (SLCA), the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and Access Fund announce the signing of an unprecedented lease for 140 acres in Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC). The parcel, known as the Gate Buttress, is about one mile up LCC canyon and has been popular with generations of climbers because of its world-class granite.
The agreement secures legitimate access to approximately 588 routes and 138 boulder problems at the Gate Buttress for rock climbers, who will be active stewards of the property. The recreational lease is the result of several years of negotiations between LDS Church leaders and the local climbing community.
Access Note: The climbs on the Church Buttress above the vault that have been traditionally closed will remain closed.
Please help us steward this area and leave no trace.
Pitch #1: From the huge boulder in the gully, scramble to the bottom of the arete where you will find a fixed ring piton on a loose scree slope above a small bush. Carefully climb this loose section up a ramp toward the first steep step of the arete. Look for an aesthetic looking overhanging finger crack. Belay at a bolt on a ledge. 4th class to 5.5, loose.
Pitch #2: Climb the steep crack which gobbles up medium size nuts and micro-camalots to some overlaps. Easier going right on the top of the ridge passing 3 bolts takes the climber past the Butterface belay (far off to the left and below) and onto another steep face/step. Here, you may encounter a fixed butterknife like piton sticking way out of the rock. This antique relic was left for humor value by Patrique while cleaning the pitch more than as fixed protection. Tap it out and put it on your wall if you want! Very fun climbing leads to a ledge and 3 bolt belay ledge. 5.11+, A1, 40m.
Pitch #3: Continue straight up the arete passing more bolts and an occasional fixed piton to a down ramp that passes a chain anchor (2nd pitch of Butterface?) traversing left continuously staying on the arete to a overhanging slot. A bolt at the roof protects the leader to the final moves on the patina covered arete to the Buttress Summit on a great ledge with a belay anchor. 5.10 or 5.9, A0.
Rappel from the top anchors in 1 x 2 rope rappel....almost the best part of the adventure! Very airy! Sport rappelling, anyone?
No chains or webbing was left at the Pitch #1 or #2 anchors. The very top rappel anchors may need future webbing or chain replacement.