Type: Sport, 160 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Pat Contor, Gary Taylor, 1989
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Shared By: John Steiger on Jul 13, 2013
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Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


This has to be one of the best, if not the best, of the Contor-Taylor team's routes in the Cottonwoods. Although probably best considered a "sport route," it has much more adventure than your typical clip-up, requiring a blend of slab technique, creativity, and power. Rumor has it that some holds have broken off, particularly on the first pitch, which I don't doubt given what appears to be some of the remnants and a short section of dubious rock around the quasi-hanging belay. However, it still goes at "easy" 12, and if this is your standard and you haven't been on it, you just gotta do it. I bet there isn't another route like it in Utah.

(1) Relatively easy climbing protected by gear leads up to a rising traverse past five well-spaced bolts to the stance. The climbing gets increasingly challenging and trickier to figure out the closer you get to the small foot-stance that serves as the belay. Probably 12a, but I'll go 12b given the mental calculus and zen-like balance needed to solve the crux. A short chain was added a few years ago to one of the bolts to make the clip easier, I think, but it also helps the logistics of bailing if the crux proves too much.

(2) Make a few moves up past a bolt and step around the corner to wild climbing protected by a few more bolts and outstanding exposure. Chains on top. If this pitch were off the ground, it likely would get more traffic that All Chalk. Probably a give-away 12a. This pitch also serves as the latter and much easier half of Agent Orange.


Start from the top of Smitty's Wet Dream.


A few cams under 2 inches and a few wired nuts for the first 25 or so feet (easy), draws; single rope okay. Two raps to the ground, stopping at the anchors atop Revenge of the Nerds/All Chalk.


The crux for this is super cryptic for me. Go low, stay high? I couldn't figure it out. The second pitch is way more fun than All Chalk.

The first time I tried this there was a biner on a very bleached piece of webbing that was manufactured with stitches along the length of the sling. Getting up to clip that biner was crazy hard for me and when I grabbed the sling there was a nauseating tearing sound as it ripped in two. Fortunately, the stitches in the webbing held. They were all that held. Two threads. Nothing else. Getting a draw clipped into that bolt was kinda desperate just then.

I went back the next week and placed the chain that's on it now. Jul 14, 2013
"This has to be one of the best, if not the best, of the Contor-Taylor team’s routes in BCC."

you can take J.S. out of bcc, but you can't take the bcc out of J.S. Jul 16, 2013
John Steiger
John Steiger  
I mix up left and right too. That happens in your sixth decade. Jul 16, 2013
Wasatch Back, UT
drewford   Wasatch Back, UT
I think you mean "the later half of Orange Crush." Aug 23, 2013
bheller   SL UT
This strange route offers a lot of good climbing on good rock, but unfortunately not at the crux- the rock quality deteriorates just as the the holds disappear. Perhaps the holds have broken that were once here...I know a hollow thin flake crimp I used here will certainly break off in the near future. It's an intimidating route due to it's exposed traversing and insecure friction. The final pitch is also not a give-away at 12a imo. Apr 25, 2018