Type: Trad, 3 pitches, Grade II
FA: Tom Stubbs and ... (not Andy Petefish)
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Shared By: Bryson Slothower on Jan 9, 2002
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Sweet Sunday Serenade is a Unaweep classic. It consists of three good pitches on excellent rock. The climbing is not very difficult but highly enjoyable. The climb is located on the right hand side of Sunday Wall and starts in a left-facing dihedral with a right-leaning hand crack. Just to the climber's right of the route is Catch a Wave, a bolted 5.11 face climb that shares the same anchor as the first pitch on S.S.S.

Pitch 1: follow the crack up and right with a 5.8 move just off the ground, 135 feet to a bolted rappel anchor.

Pitch 2: climb obvious corner up and left from the anchor with fingers and face moves 5.9 for 75 feet to a good ledge with bolted rappel anchor.

Pitch 3: there are several options. The original line leaves from the West end of the large ledge above the belay and climbs a right-angling crack for 25 feet to a ledge below a large flake. Pass the flake, and climb a nice finger crack 5.9-. Near the top, traverse slightly right, and look for another bolted rappel anchor, 155 feet.

Descent: rappel with two ropes to the ground.


Standard rack to a #3 Camalot and two ropes.


Bryson Slothower
Portland, OR
Bryson Slothower   Portland, OR
FYI: The second pitch that I describe here is actually a variation and is considered a different route called "Satisfaction Guaranteed" in KC Baum's book. I do guarantee satisfaction and highly recommend this variation. Feb 18, 2002
Charles Vernon
mind & body in Colorado, he…
Charles Vernon   mind & body in Colorado, he…
The "variation" is the only apparent climbable line that we could see off this ledge atop P1. It is superb steep climbing, and quite solid 5.9. We finished with the large excellent dihedral for P3 (Sun Dancer), for a combination worthy of three stars. Aug 15, 2002
Matt Chan
Matt Chan   Denver
THE multi-pitch route in the canyon at the 5.9 level. I second what Charles said about the "variation" on the P2 being the only apparent line. After climbing the initial ~50 feet of 5.9, the line moves slightly right and continues at the same level until reaching a pedestal below the rap bolts. I found P3 to be pretty sustained after the large flake. Lots of fingery steep climbing that eases off in the last 20 feet. I was gassed at the end of the pitch for sure.

Not really sure why Baum and Green call this a [grade] III in their books, it certainly wasn't because of the approach (which took 15 minutes). Also, two raps (one from the top and the second from atop P2) with 60m doubles will get you to the ramp just right of the start of P1 with a little downclimbing. Dunno. Jun 28, 2005
Chris Perkins
Buena Vista, Colorado
Chris Perkins   Buena Vista, Colorado
Is there a bolt on this route besides the anchors? I see it in the picture that describes the 2nd pitch var., but I never saw it. Route finding is tricky here. The way I read the book was the 3rd pitch took the left angling crack/flake with all the vegetation, but here it is described as the twin finger/hand cracks straight up. We took this cause it looked better. I thought this was Sun Dancer. Another party that was coming down thought the same thing and did the veggie var. May 10, 2006
Kind of off topic, but after climbing, we went to go pump out on some boulders and ended up face to face with a black bear. So, be careful. They are not hibernating just yet. Dec 14, 2010
Alexander Nees
Grand Junction, CO
Alexander Nees   Grand Junction, CO
Very nice, moderate, granite multi-pitch climb... a rare bird! Worth it for the second pitch alone, which would be a standout even in Yosemite. The route-finding on the third pitch is weird: I had trouble finding a direct line from the Sundeck to the "correct" 5.9 crack left of the main Sun Dancer dihedral, and wandered back and forth a lot. Also, there's an optional short thin finger crack at the top of the 3rd pitch, just right of the main crack, that offers the best 10 feet of climbing on the whole route, at maybe 10a? Sep 19, 2012
Climbed this Saturday with the Sun Dancer finish. Great full value 5.9 climbing on the second pitch! We found a green C4 stuck right at the crux that looks like it will be there for a while and is potentially damaged. For those with the time and gumption, it would be nice to see that removed at some point as we couldn't get it with what we had. The Sun Dancer finish proved adventurous and made for an even more memorable day. 3+ stars, one of the best for the grade anywhere. Sep 28, 2015
Andy Petefish did not do the first ascent of this route. I know this for a fact. Andy did add the nice direct finish through the amazing pegmatite. I know for certain that Tom Stubbs did the first ascent of this climb, but I'm uncertain at this time with whom. At that time, it would have probably been with Fredrick L., Tom Blake, or Joe Kahlein (Scenic Joe, you probably know him and Ed Webster on the FA of the Scenic Cruise in the Black Canyon).

Back in the 1970s, the original route took the obvious, nasty, offwidth, hump fest off to the left at the top of the first two nice pitches.

The kicker here, many years later, is that KC Baum asked Tom Stubbs and Andy P. if he could claim the FA, since he had placed all the bolts on the route long after the FA had been done.

For passionate climbers, this is akin to asking if it is okay to sleep with your wife.

Hence the initial crack in the rift! Jan 12, 2017
Fritz :-)
The Western Slope
Fritz :-)   The Western Slope
From the top, you can walk climber's left (west) for 100 yards and rap Harmony Dihedrals on a single 60m. Nov 20, 2018
Micaiah .
Drake, CO
Micaiah .   Drake, CO
You can now rap the route with a 70m rope, hitting the new 2 bolt anchor in the middle of Sun Dancer's 3rd pitch. 60m should work, with a bit of downclimbing at the last rap. 3 days ago