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La Fin du Monde 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Dave Shewell Jim Howe
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Submitted By: Jim Howe on Mar 9, 2007
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routes on the upper N face


This striking arete bounds the right(west)edge of the Upper North face of Notch peak. It offers more sun, maybe less rockfall hazard since it is on an arete. Two of the belys are directly on the crest of the arete giving nice views into the valley and across the dark North face. Cool! It is graded 5.10 but is similar in difficulty to Book of Saturdays with the crux being in the same sandy band of rock that cuts through the wall. The arete rises in 3 distinct sections. The route is also known as "Pillars of Faith" following the mock religious theme. It was put up with traditional ground up ethics. a variation "road to perdition" at 5.10+ is a nice technical finish (3 final pitches) to keep the excitment alive. Tommie and I put this variation in by rappelling in from the top (pre-inspection/cleaning) and leading out while placing gear and bolts, hence, "Road to Perdition".


It is best to approach via the Lower N face routes (20 minute walk). But for a more casual outing, you can also also approach as for Book of Saturdays. It is best to rappel down BOS after summiting, it will make the hike out easy, and avoid a walk back under the face.


10mm Stainless bolts, minimum of 1 set of cams from tcu's to 3.5". quickdraws/runners. expect some runout climbing on looseness (usual Notch peak fare). See topo for details

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Looking up at Pitches 4-6 of La Fin du Mundu
Looking up at Pitches 4-6 of La Fin du Mundu
Pulling through the 10c crux of Pitch 4
Pulling through the 10c crux of Pitch 4
Scrambling over to pitches 7-9 and the top
Scrambling over to pitches 7-9 and the top
topo of La Fin.
BETA PHOTO: topo of La Fin.
Pitch 1 of La Fin du Mundu
Pitch 1 of La Fin du Mundu
The final 200 ft of scrambling to the top of Notch Peak via La Fin du Mundu
The final 200 ft of scrambling to the top of Notch...
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By sooba
Mar 15, 2007

makes a pleasant mountain day ... not as commiting as the other routes.... and still get to the top.... then rap book of saturdays. (90 mins fair estimate if you know the raps to get down Book of Saturdays). You can easily Rap la Fin from top of pitch 4 (maybe 5), but after that it gets lower angled and involved to rap.

By Eric Chabot
From: Thetford Ctr, VT
Jun 20, 2013

Climbed this in a party of 3 on 6/17. We linked pitches 1 & 2, as well as 4 & 5, but watch out for rope drag. The crux moves of p4 are well bolted.

Pitch 6 was very very exposed and cool, dead vertical rock with lots of big hollow sounding huecos, the best on the route I thought. Rapping after this pitch would be possible but you'd be showered with rocks and probably get your rope stuck.

Pitch 8 had some extremely loose sections--at one point at least 50 lbs of rocks came fell down a little gully I was climbing. Routefinding was challenging for me on this pitch, and good pro was sparse but the climbing was easy.

With better rock quality this route would be ****. Feel free to PM me if you want a pitch-by-pitch spraydown

By Sam Cannon
From: Holladay, Utah
4 days ago
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R

After pulling the crux moves past the bolts on P4 go left around the arete. The guidebook by James Garret mentions a piton but I didn't see one. What I DID see was another bolt with a long sling on it to my right (off route). The bolt tempted me that way and I succumbed. The rock above the bolt is terrible. Sandy, loose, bad pro - don't go to that bolt. After the crux moves head left wherever it seems easiest, I doubt it makes a whole lot of difference exactly where, around the arete and onto the face.