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Darkest Hour 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, TR
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Apr 4, 2002
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Darkest Hour is a cool climb found at the back of the alcove starting on the ledge at the top of Prosperity. Climb up the groove to the overhang. At the overhang use the crack/inside corner to get above the roof. Finish to the right of the uppermost block.


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Photos of Darkest Hour Slideshow Add Photo
Sunken Slab (42), Prosperity (43), Hammer Crack (44), Meat Hammer (45), Hammer Case (46), Darkest Hour (49), and Top Shelf (50).
BETA PHOTO: Sunken Slab (42), Prosperity (43), Hammer Crack (4...
Sunken Slab (42), Prosperity (43), Insect Parts (48), and Darkest Hour (49)
BETA PHOTO: Sunken Slab (42), Prosperity (43), Insect Parts (4...
Laura begins the crux
Laura begins the crux
Here's a closer shot of the route.
BETA PHOTO: Here's a closer shot of the route.
Mmm, tasty cams!
Mmm, tasty cams!
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By Tom Mulholland
From: #1 Cheese Producing State!
Apr 16, 2010

Has anyone done the roof instead of using the crack in the inside corner above the roof? I found a way to move onto the face above the roof via a large sidepull, then straight up (5.12a). An alternate was to pull onto the face with the large sidepull then continue around to a finger-crack lieback up the nose of the roof (5.12b) (ratings are mine). Is anyone familiar with that variation?

By Doug Hemken
Jul 19, 2010

A well-hidden gem.

By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Apr 12, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

Great addition to do after Hammer Crack. Super radical moves that feel prety hard for 5.7 especially if you're a shorter climber. Good gear, great moves.

By Tradoholic
Jul 14, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

Love/Hate this route, the bottom is chocked with shrubbery and it's too easy to step right and then off-route. I got turned around in the overhang trying to straight jam the crack, much better if it's laybacked.

By Burt Lindquist
From: Madison, WI
Jul 14, 2011

Yup- You can totally apprach this route the wrong way and make it feel quite a bit harder.... I have done the same thing and did it on a super hot humid day and topped out flabbergasted.... I think this route is ominous and intimidating from below and gives it some appeal that way.