Type: Trad, Sport, 70 ft
FA: Stuart Ruckman, Gordon Douglass, 1988
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Shared By: grk10vq on Apr 7, 2013
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Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


A excellent climb up a deceiving face! Extreme slabbing on just enough rock, this route is a wild romp up beautiful patina. Delicate and dainty, this line is steep, thin, and old-school. Hand drilled on lead, Surprise Ending has only four bolts in 70 feet. A great second pitch to Surprise Beginning or This is Almost the Place.

Climb the short face to a small rest at a knob on the arete. Follow the easy arete up and right to join the last moves of the Green A's third pitch. Build an anchor in the corner or set a directional and belay off a two bolt anchor on the ledge.


Best reached by climbing This is Almost the Place or Surprise Beginning. Build a marginal anchor at the base of the route or belay from the tree/sling anchor of This is Almost the Place.


You'll be psyched to climb Surprise Ending with at least 4 draws, two or three slings and gear from a .4 - #2 camalot (1/2 inch to 2 inches).


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