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Finger of Fate  

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Elevation: 9,760'
Location: 44.0262, -114.96179 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Spencer Weiler on Aug 30, 2009
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This is the ridiculously cool looking granite spire in the Hell Roaring Lake area of the sawtooths. Very secluded compared to other alpine climbs in the Tetons. Maybe 15 ascents a year.

Getting There 

From Stanley Id take ID-75 west for about 12 miles. Turn west onto Decker Flat Rd, cross the Salmon River via a bridge and proceed in one of two ways.
1. If you have a high clearance vehicle proceed along this dirt road for another mile till you hit a fork with a sign discouraging non-4 wheel drive vehicles from proceeding, along with each road marked with a number, I believe 037 and 315. Take the right road, then take another right at the next junction(unmarked) which occurs quickly. The road turns pretty rough here and bends east. Follow this for 4 or 5 miles till you reach the upper Hell Roaring Trailhead. Plan on 45 min for this section of road.
2. If you lack a high clearance vehicle, park at the lower Hell Roaring Lake trailhead which occurs on the right side of the road 1/4 mile after crossing the river. Hike from here.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.2 miles from here

3 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Finger of Fate:
Open Book   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   
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Featured Route For Finger of Fate
Don Cambell on pitch 3

BINO BOOK 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  ID : The Sawtooth Range : Finger of Fate
Pitch 1 Start far right of the Open Book route. GO until you can see some pine trees up the wall. Then start climbing just right of the trees on the lower face. This is class 4 scrambling to the trees. Climb until the tress are reached, then go left to a bigger flat spot. This the end of the pitchPitch 2 is the crux of the climb. At this point start up left of the balay you'll see a horizontal crack. This is a awkward crack it is the only place for protection. Once past this spot continue up the...[more]   Browse More Classics in ID

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View of the Finger from unnamed lake along approac...
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Approaching the Finger of Fate
Approaching the Finger of Fate
A burly approach! Be prepared to huff
A burly approach! Be prepared to huff

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