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Beef Jerky T 
Benediction T 
Broken Serenity T,TR 
Confessional, The T,TR 
Crown of Thorns S 
Dark Rose S 
Dirge, The S 
Double Cross T 
Extreme Unction T,TR 
Feels like Nadine T 
Final Prayer Variation T 
Fire and Brimstone T 
Fishlips T 
Fortress T 
Garden of Eden T 
Hellfire Variation T 
Holy Grail T 
Hungry for Heaven S 
Inner Light TR 
Invocation S 
John Doe 2 T,TR 
Outer Darkness T 
Revelation, The S 
Rosary, The T 
Spirit Prison S 
Total X T,S 
Total X 2 T 

Dark Rose 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Drew Bedford, Hank Armentrout 1983
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Submitted By: Ben Folsom on Jul 18, 2009

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Seth working Dark Rose


An excellent line with great climbing. Doesn't get done much, should get done more often! One of my favorites in the canyon. Well protected.


Dark Rose is the first bolted route you encounter hiking up the canyon. It is just right of "Crown of Thorns" on the western end of The Watchtower.


4 bolts + 2 bolt/chain anchor.

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By Boissal
From: Small Lake, UT
Mar 9, 2011
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

A bat has been calling one of the good holds home. Don't wake him up...
Some of the best moves on the Watchtower - coupled with some of the most uninspiring hardware(surprise surprise).
By Sam Miller
From: salt lake city, UT
Aug 6, 2012
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

I agree with Boissal. Great moves, but the bolts and hangers look ancient and thin. Great climb though. Probably my favorite in Ferguson.
By Seth Hendy
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 8, 2015
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

It's all about dialing in the sequence! I gave her a go for about a hour on the wall going bolt to bolt with plenty of falls. After losing sleep and dreaming of the sequence I came back after 2 days and redpointed it!

Powerful moves and commitment! The falls are great despite the scary looking ledge that is actually out of your fall zone. Going from bolt 2 to 3 you'll want to make sure your belayer is tight to the wall and you are aware of the rope.

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