Type: Trad, 800 ft, 7 pitches, Grade II
FA: Jonathan & Brian Smoot 2009
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Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details


1. Scramble up easy lower angle slab to belay at two bolts.
2. Climb to base of steep corners to the right of large overhang. Follow corners (5.9) protected by several pins and make a rightward traverse past a bolt to a wide crack. Follow this to a ledge.
3. From belay ledge, move left and up to a bush, then traverse left across lower angle slab to a bolt. Climb up to a short crack and go left to an optional belay ledge or continue up bolt-protected face to good belay ledge.
4. Traverse left from the belay ledge to a bolt. Continue up to black knobs and a pin, or traverse left into a large shallow groove and corner. Belay at a large pine tree at the top of the shallow corner.
5. At the left end of the large ledge, traverse left past two bolts to the base of a wide flake that is best protected by a #4 cam. Continue up the flake and corner past a bolt to a two-bolt belay ledge.
6. Climb over a small roof to a knobby slab protected by 4 bolts. Traverse left to a belay at a large pine tree.
7. Follow rightward leaning corner and wide crack, then climb up and left on easier rotten rock to ridge top with large sandy ledge and belay at a large boulder. Descend ridge or climb to Quantum Perplexas to summit of Pawn Buttress. Descend down the ridge by an 80 foot rappel on bolts and down climb the north side of the ridge and hike a short distance to the saddle—between the Pawn and the West Pawn Buttress. Then hike down the gulley to the base of the climb.
8. From the belay at the boulder, hike up the ridge by easy, but rotten rock to a some pine trees. Just past these, follow the ridge crest past 3 bolts to a belay ledge with bolts.
9. Avoid the crack directly above by moving left. Continue up gritty rock on the last pitch of Quantum Perplexas for 190 feet on an exposed narrow ridge protected by 3 bolts to the highest summit of the Pawn, a spectacular location...great views...The elevation here is 8,900' Either down climb to the east end of the ridge (exposed) or make 1-2 single rope rappels off the north side from two bolts at the summit. Hike East to a pass and scramble down the east side of the Pawn.


From the trail scramble down to the lowest point of the buttress. See topo


One set of cams to 3". 4.5" optional