Type: Trad, 100 ft (30 m)
FA: S. Ohkawa, B. Rush, 16 April, 2010
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Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


Check the Technique was the first route to be opened on the Perseverance Wall. Climb the right-leaning, fist-to-offwidth crack along the left side of the obvious flake-pillar. From a stance atop the flake, step left onto the beautiful slab past perfect diorite knobs and four bolts to an arching arete. Lieback this feature to an alcove; a large, slung horn provides a belay. This route is dedicated to the memory of Guru--Hip-Hop pioneer and MC founder of the seminal duo, Gang Starr--who passed away just days after it was established. RIP!


Check the Technique rises from the narrow ledge to the looker's left--about 50 feet--of the start to the route Perseverance (5.10, K. Jameson, M. Todd, K. Gygi, 1982). It begins in a crack forming the left margin of a prominent flake, which rises from the ledge. A two-bolt rap anchor, about 25 feet to the right of the start, provides an escape; if descending with a single 60m or 70m, downclimb the 3rd class gully--two ropes (recommended) will reach the base of the 3rd class.


Bring along 4" and 5" pieces--we used two each: #4, #5 BD Camalot--for the initial crack, in addition to four draws for the bolts. A finger-sized cam fits nicely above the final arete; be sure to bring some longer slings, too! Rap or lower from the anchor--beware of rope drag!