Flippin' the Bird
5.9+ YDS 5c French 17 Ewbanks VI UIAA 17 ZA E1 5a British
Avg: 1.5 from 4 votes
|Type:||Trad, 60 ft (18 m)|
|FA:||T. Green, J. Thompson, 16 April, 2010|
|Page Views:||1,326 total · 8/month|
|Shared By:||Todd Green on Apr 29, 2010|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, D C|
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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 as well as the Glen boulders that have been traditionally closed will remain closed.
Please help us steward this area and leave no trace.
Flippin' the Bird climbs up two very detached/hollow sounding flakes to a fun mantel on a large chicken head on the thinnest part of the upper flake. From there continue to go up chicken heads slinging them as you go. Transition left to the flaring flake and gain the right diagonal crack which will lead you to the top where you can trav over to Check the Technique to rap. (There used to be slings, but apparently are gone. Not surprising since we put them there 12+ years ago.)
The name comes from the obvious rock formation above and the three rather large birds circling overhead waiting to pick our carcasses should the detached flakes not held.