|East Gate Buttress
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Set a belay on a ramp beneath a single bolt on a bulge. One reachy move past the bolt puts you on easy ground that leads to the obvious finger crack. Climb crack to a two bolt belay.
Right of El Guapo on the second tier of the East Gate
grk10vq initiating the initial face crux.
Shiho Kobayashi cranking the finger crack.
Jan 31, 2013
Drew kept telling me to drop my heels. I kept asking, "WTF do you mean, 'drop my heels'? I'm trying to do that!" So I went back to the basics and climbed the Wasatch's other finger crack (ie, the Coffin) with the explicit intent of learning how to drop my heels. Drew was texting me between burns, "No really Clay, DROP. YOUR. HEELS."
[begin blog]Everyone who climbs cracks tells you to do this and of course it totally works. When you let your heels fall below your toes the rubber of the bottom of your shoe grips both sides of the crack and allow you to keep your weight on your feet. You just use your hands for balance. Its a miracle how much easier stuff is when you actually use technique. You can even climb cracks with tight shoes without killing yourself. What a nerd I am to just now realize this. [/end blog]
Feb 5, 2013
Tenesmus kept telling me to reach to a crimp at the bottom slab section. I kept asking, "WTF do you mean?" Then he said, "Oh sh*t! The crimp is like 2 feet away from you!"
Short people be aware. The initial slab will be next to impossible for you (or it was for me at least).
Apr 13, 2013
Drew and I added an alternate start. Drilled and cleaned on lead with 3 bolts leaving the ledge and traversing the awesome rail to a little notch more in line with the finger crack.
Its for short people and called 'Shihollo'.
|By Greg G|
From: SLC, UT
Apr 13, 2013
You guy's are really good friends for making a special variation just for her.
Apr 14, 2013
You guys are so sweet. Thanks!! Drew even put the first bolt on El Chollo lower than intended so that I could clip. I'll go check out this new variation soon.
|By Tyler King|
From: Salt Lake, UT
Jun 13, 2013
Nice work fellas. The alternate start was cool, still 10d?
From: Wasatch Back, UT
Nov 10, 2013
@Tyler - yeah, I think so. The crack is still the business. By itself, I think the Shiho-low start is 5.9