Type: Trad, 45 ft (14 m)
FA: unknown
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Shared By: GRK on Oct 29, 2008
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Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


This short little pitch has really cool rock, all the black quartz knobs remind me of Sierra granite. There used to be an old buttonhead that somebody has chopped in the last 4 years that protected the final move onto the shoulder, lame. But you still don't really need it if you just came up one of the Thumb routes, your already prepared.

Make an exposed move over to the bucket, mantle the "water hole" and slab your way onto the shoulder. 3rd class will bring you to the summit block.


Once you top out the upper slab on the Thumb hike up along the west side of the Thumb proper. You will be hiking in steep dirt with the occasional bouldering move. From the notch that separates the summit from the land form hang to the south. The Summit pitch climbs the north side of the block.


A big nut for the first step over move from the notch.

Depending how you want to get down there is a new set of anchors for Robbins Crack presumably, which will put you back down towards the Thumb slab. Or if your walking off, rap off of 2 rap hangers on the north side. A single rope will do.