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Check the Technique 

YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: S. Ohkawa, B. Rush, 16 April, 2010
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: mountainsense on Apr 29, 2010

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Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed MORE INFO >>>


Check the Technique was the first route to be opened on the Perseverance Wall. Climb the right-leaning, fist-to-offwidth crack along the left side of the obvious flake-pillar. From a stance atop the flake, step left onto the beautiful slab past perfect diorite knobs and four bolts to an arching arete. Lieback this feature to an alcove; a large, slung horn provides a belay. This route is dedicated to the memory of Guru--Hip-Hop pioneer and MC founder of the seminal duo, Gang Starr--who passed away just days after it was established. RIP!


Check the Technique rises from the narrow ledge to the looker's left--about 50 feet--of the start to the route Perseverance (5.10, K. Jameson, M. Todd, K. Gygi, 1982). It begins in a crack forming the left margin of a prominent flake, which rises from the ledge. A two-bolt rap anchor, about 25 feet to the right of the start, provides an escape; if descending with a single 60m or 70m, downclimb the 3rd class gully--two ropes (recommended) will reach the base of the 3rd class.


Bring along 4" and 5" pieces--we used two each: #4, #5 BD Camalot--for the initial crack, in addition to four draws for the bolts. A finger-sized cam fits nicely above the final arete; be sure to bring some longer slings, too! Rap or lower from the anchor--beware of rope drag!

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Rock Climbing Photo: "I'm like a neurosurgeon,  operatin' with a p...
"I'm like a neurosurgeon, operatin' with a p...
Rock Climbing Photo: Up on the slab.
Up on the slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: On the slab.
On the slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: The start.  Don't let it intimidate you.
The start. Don't let it intimidate you.
Rock Climbing Photo: First Ascent with Shingo pulling the slab rockover...
First Ascent with Shingo pulling the slab rockover...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fist to Offwidth start
BETA PHOTO: Fist to Offwidth start

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By Todd Green
From: SLC, UT
Apr 29, 2010
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Strong work Mr. Yellow. Great eye and greater endurance to hand drill all those bolts ground up in a single go. Muito respeito! This route is a must do if you take the time to hike up to the wall.
By apross
Apr 30, 2010

This is one of the best routes put up in the canyon since...........the last one Shingo put up.

A good find.
By Greg Gavin
From: SLC, UT
Apr 18, 2011
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Fun route with a multitude of techniques to check. Used a #6 camalot on the initial ow, ymmv. Easiest approach in the canyon.
By apross
Nov 9, 2016

Fixe SS Ring Anchors were installed on 7 November, 2016. From this new, two-bolt fixed anchor, it is possible to rappel back to the ledge with a 60m, but with directionals in situ, TR/lower from Check the Technique and Separation Anxiety (to the looker's left) with a 70m. ENJOY!

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