Type: Trad, 300 ft, 3 pitches, Grade III
FA: Ed Webster, Jeff Phesant 1978
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Shared By: Casey Bald on Apr 14, 2007
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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Pitch 1a) Sky Streak start: From the two bolt anchor 25' off the Wonder Wall tree ledge, step left and climb a short, steep wall past two bolts, move up on easier ground to a ledge and a bolt. Traverse right to the first belay on The Last Unicorn. 5.10b.

Pitch 1b) Note: Rockfall may have altered the start of this pitch. The Sky Streak start is more commonly used. The original start: traverse down and right passing the latter two bolt anchor for almost a pitch and start a large, dying, spruce tree. Move left of the tree climbing on cool, angular holds past some pins to small, parallel corners and make a difficult move past a bolt (crux) and belay on a decent ledge at a two bolt anchor. 80' 5.10b.

Pitch 2) Make 5.9 moves up and left past two bolts to the base of a vertical, flake system, crank up the .10b crux past three bolts to an obvious overlap and undercling to a beautifully exposed belay. 100' 5.10b.

Pitch 3) Climb a striking and difficult, open corner past four bolts to a pin and make awesome layback moves to the top. 85' 5.10b.

Rappel from a bolt station 30' to your left to another two-bolt anchor on Science Friction Wall, two sixty-meter raps will get your down.


From the base of the approach for Inferno, climb up the 4th class ledge system traversing right, pass the two bolt anchor for Lost Souls and make your way across the wonder wall tree ledge. At its far, right-hand side, traverse right 25 feet for the Sky Streak start, Continue traversing right @ 5.4 to the spruce tree and the original start.


Standard rack (.3-#3+set of nuts) will get it done, this route has lots of fixed gear but you will want gear in between it.
Pat McGinn  
I could not picture a better 5.10 in North Conway. Sep 13, 2009
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
though this is a great climb i must admit it wasnt as good as all the hype (i gave it 3 stars aka GREAT!) but everyone said it was the best route around at the grade... even in one of the guide books it said "One of the best routes on the east coast"... it would be hard to live up to that... i loved the climb but found a few things that kept it out of the CLASSIC catagory, loose rock, crappy approach/decent, hanging belays and the fact that it doesnt start at the bottom or end at the top... just my thoughts...

do the route but you will enjoy it more if you ingnore the hype :) Oct 26, 2009
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
I think that while the climbing might not be the best, the position is as good as the North Conway area has to offer. You have to admit that The Last Unicorn climbs a pretty impressive chunk of stone, and it does so at a moderate grade. Mar 31, 2010
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
i fully agree jay, one of the best positions on the cliff! Mar 31, 2010
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
It's a bit harder, but try Centaur some time. Magnificent situation. Apr 1, 2010
hasan Adil
hasan Adil   portland,me
Did the route yesterday, what an amazing location and amazing moves! Pretty well protected with lots of bolts, we placed 3 pieces of gear on the whole route. If you're willing to do one (or two) extra raps, it'll could be done with one rope. We took up a 2nd 70m and felt we could've done without it. Jun 16, 2012
Reggie Pawle
Boston, MA
Reggie Pawle   Boston, MA
Did this route with the Sky Streak start yesterday. Next time I'd only take #1, #2 C3s, .4, .5 camalots, and a handful of small to medium stoppers. I don't know where you'd find a place for anything bigger than a .5 camalot, except one spot on the third pitch where it's not really necessary.

I found the first half of the second pitch to be a bit spicey, though the crux is certainly well protected (I thought it was hard for 10b, but then I also thought Intimidation was hard for 10b--a running trend!). The last pitch is one of the best face routes I've done anywhere--balancey, subtle climbing with hidden holds. Oct 14, 2012
Stone Ridge, NY
lucander   Stone Ridge, NY
The bolts on p. 2 are getting old and sorta scary. Am I growing soft, or has a lot changed since I was last up there sometime around 2009? May 7, 2015
Chad Laflamme
North Conway, NH
Chad Laflamme   North Conway, NH
Bolts were recently upgraded by the magical bolt fairy. Jun 4, 2017