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Last Rites 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: FFA Greg Barber, Dave Thomas, 1988
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Submitted By: Chirp on Feb 11, 2006

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After passing above the old debris dam and flood plain and hiking up canyon just about 200' west of Namaste on the South wall. This route is just left (East)of a huge left facing arch.
A bouldery start to a left trending flake (2 bolts) gets one to an obvious arching crack. Traverse into the crack and it goes from fingers to hands in about 45 to the belay chains.

When I first climbed this on aid in 1987 I found an old 2" angle lying in the dirt in a pod at the current rap anchor. I would LOVE to know who did the FA and when. There are faint bathook scars below the crack if you look carefully.


2 draws and a small rack of cams from 1/2" to 2"

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couple blind placements on this bitchin climb.
couple blind placements on this bitchin climb.
Last moves on Last Rites.
Last moves on Last Rites.
Annie about to traverse into the crack.
Annie about to traverse into the crack.
Joe following
Joe following
steep ribs and flake start...
steep ribs and flake start...
Russ, following and cleaning
Russ, following and cleaning
love those arching cracks.
love those arching cracks.

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By Teleman
From: Steamboat Springs, CO
Apr 7, 2006

Glad to see someone identify this route. Climbed it a couple of years ago not knowing for sure what it was and definitely thought it was on the up-side of 10. Fun boulder start and tricky transition to thin crack. It was clear that this is a rarely done climb. Once you are in the crack you are smearing on fairly featureless sandstone that has been further challenged by a very thin layer of lichen. Route is worth doing just to be in the canyon.
Would agree on gear recommendations.
By JoeAllen
Jun 26, 2009

This is a really different style of climbing. Imagine climbing a laser cut finger crack, angling up and left at a 45 degree angle, with the entire wall leaning in to provide perfect friction for the feet. There are a few tricky sequences to figure out, but overall, it offers some of the best climbing in the area. I took a single set of BD cams from .4 to 2, along with a red and yellow C3. I placed every piece. Transitioning into the crack is a little tricky, placing pro is trickier.
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Oct 3, 2011

Fun route. We decided a mantle on a slopey 1 inch ledge was in order to access the crack. Maybe there is a better way. Then there is a ledge above the finger crack section for your hands that helps ease the pain from the crack, followed by a no hands rest on a ledge about 3/4 of the way up, keeping this at 10+, though I felt this was way harder than any of the sport routes up in the Namaste area, but I prefer jugs to thin cracks with no feet. Don't bring the #2 or #1 camalot, they only go in a few spots where you want your hands to be. Bring an extra .75 instead.
By the professor
Jun 2, 2013
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Transitioning and starting the crack favors long limbs but slender fingers. Tougher for those with sausage fingers!
By Kenyoj
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 13, 2014
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Super fun! I personally found it a bit spooky due to the loose sand everywhere and that I didn't have all the gear I wanted. In addition to the protection recommended, I would have liked a 0.3 and two 0.4's. You could definitely place some nuts at the beginning of the crack too if thats your thing.

It's a gorgeous hike into this canyon!
By madskates
From: SLC
Dec 6, 2014

Beautiful Line, i found the crux to me the last few move right before you hit the anchor. Must do if your in the canyon and trying to get on a nice clean crack! Hard to put a grade on something like this since its unique climbing. 6b+ sounds around the ball park however it could be much easier or harder for some depending on the finger size.
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