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Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Clay Watson, Mike Perkins, 2010
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Shared By: tenesmus on Oct 29, 2010
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


Start in twin cracks in a dihedral at the bottom of the a arete, climbing three or four really great sequences interspersed with huge rests. Each sequence gets a bit harder than the last. As you get about 2/3 of the way up, there is a fun transition into a crack system to the right, setting up for the final boulder problem.


The crack systems just right of the big arete splitting the wall


I used medium nuts, a blue tcu or .3 or .4? camalot (save it for your last piece), 2 yellow-tcu-sized pieces, one set of cams up to #4 camalot.
I've been told by several friends this might be .12c? I have no idea how to rate stuff because I often have to siege the stew out of it before I actually send. All I know is that its a heads up line with great rests between fun cruxes that keep coming after you. This is a great mid to late day winter route during high pressure systems and a great evening route in spring and fall.

I know a lot of people have gotten on it but don't know it its had a third ascent after Mike and I did it. If you have sent, please let me know your thoughts on the grade and any equipping changes you'd want to see. Jan 26, 2014
Ben Folsom
Ben Folsom  
Reachy... Nov 17, 2011
Fun & diverse climbing with rests to a "for real" good bouldery finish. Sep 26, 2011
Oh Brad.
Brad. Brad. Brad. Oct 30, 2010
bheller   SL UT
4 stars divided by 2 is probably more realistic eh? :) Oct 29, 2010
I'm pretty sure this hasn't had a second ascent. I'd love to know what others think. Personally, the moves on this are really fun and the last boulder problem is kick ass. The blue tcu holds long whippers from large climbers so trust me when I say the gear is good. Just be sure the large lobes are on the left. Oct 29, 2010