Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Clay Watson, Drew Bedford 5/14/12
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Shared By: drewford on Jan 29, 2013
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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


Start below the layback flake. Pull through some easy moves and into the lie back. One bolt protects the fragile flake. Then head right along a seam, past a fixed pin. Finish on El Chollo.


Just right of El Guapo, second tier of the Gate Buttress.


Standard rack. One 70m.


I've been looking at this line for years, imagining that it would go with natural gear and clean all the way through. So psyched it takes mostly natural gear and tons of it. The bottom crack is super fun - especially as it arcs delicately to the left and then cuts back right on jugs and nobs. The physicality of the .11 lower crux was far easier for me than the .10 finger crack of El Chollo. Many thanks to Drew for patiently awaiting me to figure out the easy part. Jan 31, 2013
Tyler King
Salt Lake, UT
Tyler King   Salt Lake, UT
This is THE way to get to the El Chollo finger crack. Makes for more sustained and varied climbing. Gotta go back and send!

Great find! Amazing that a line like this was sitting there unclimbed until 2012... Jun 13, 2013
This is one of the best single-pitch route of its grade in Little. For sure the best way to do El Chollo. Still a little gritty but should clean up with more traffic. The moves passing the bolt and then traversing across the pin are great, and then you get a full rest before heading up El Chollo¬Ö Mostly finger size for pro. There is a rap anchor just below the starting ledge which makes it easier to get back down to the gully. Jul 20, 2015