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Broken Serenity T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Confessional, The T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Crown of Thorns S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Dark Rose S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Dirge, The S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Double Cross T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Extreme Unction T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Feels like Nadine T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Final Prayer Variation T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Fire and Brimstone T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fishlips T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Fortress T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Garden of Eden T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hellfire Variation T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Holy Grail T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Hungry for Heaven S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Inner Light TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Invocation S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Outer Darkness T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Reach the Beach T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Revelation, The S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Rosary, The T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Spirit Prison S 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Total X T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Total X 2 T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: Danny Kholert, 1986
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Shared By: Ben Folsom on Jun 30, 2008
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Begin just right of Extreme Unction and climb the steep arete and face passing two bolts. After the second bolt continue up the arete passing some good gear placements to the top. The typical belay is the same for Extreme Unction.

(A good variation is to climb Fishlips and after the second bolt, after getting established on the arete, finish on the roof section of Extreme Unction.)


The route starts just right of Extreme Unction and just left of the Outer Darkness Chimney.


Some small to medium cams and there are some good nut placements as well.


Small Lake, UT
Boissal   Small Lake, UT
The moves to reach the 1st bolt can be protected with a #1 BD. It's a blind placement in a nice horizontal and you can readjust the cam from the last good hold before getting down to business.
There's also a great .75 placement above the 2nd bolt just to the left of the arete that protects the upper section.
A few micros protect the last easy bit of climbing. Jun 22, 2009
EAS Fett  
Tried this today and got sucked to the right after the 2nd bolt where a good hold appears. Was fun but not the route I was going for, next time I guess. Could this be a new variation? LOL Sep 25, 2009
Mark SLC
Salt Lake City, UT
Mark SLC   Salt Lake City, UT
For me 2 #1 camalots and a 0.75 were plenty to stitch this up. No need for gear above the second obvious red camalot where unction roof meets the arete/face. And the crux moves are protected by well placed bolts. Short but so sweet. And yeah definitely go right onto that arete - where you do it is debatable - my partner went higher for it than I did, but you are missing out on the best moves of the route going right. Jun 6, 2012
Josh Triplett
Bountiful, UT
Josh Triplett   Bountiful, UT
Love this route, led it today for the first time. Fell crux both times I attempted it, but I have the sequence now and will send on my next burn. I did not use a BD, it was way too big for any pockets that I saw. I placed a blue master cam to protect up to the first bolt. I would love to know where you sneaking in such a large cam. I could have just missed it, but I looked around for a while without success. Jun 27, 2013
Landon McBrayer
Salt Lake City, UT
Landon McBrayer   Salt Lake City, UT
Fantastic climb. I like the variety - jugs at the start, crimps and arete-slapping through the bolts, easy weird fergy climbing to the chains.

I used a blue metolius below the first bolt (no extension needed), a red mastercam (green BD) above the second bolt, and a #1 BD above that. Not sure where gear could go above that, but the climbing is easy. Very well protected. Sep 5, 2013
Danie White
Danie White   SLC, UT
My favorite route so far in Fergie and my favorite sport route in a while. Jun 8, 2014
Josh Triplett
Bountiful, UT
Josh Triplett   Bountiful, UT
So I was on this route again today, still my favorite mixed route. I had a question for all those who've climbed it. Has anyone tried a variation where instead of topping the slab and moving right to the obvious #1 C4, you push left and finish on Unction's roof section? I didn't have a chance to try it today, but sounds like it could be fun. I felt by itself the route is 11+, but adding the roof I think it would maybe be more on the d side of plus than c. Curious what people think. Will report if people are interested next time I'm on it. Jun 22, 2014
Ben Folsom  
Hey Josh, I usually finish Fishlips on the Unction roof. I think it is a funner finish than the original. Not sure what effect that way has upon the rating, but since you get such a good rest below the roof, and the roof is way easier than Fishlips, probably doesn't make that much difference. It is however, a better finish to the route. Jun 22, 2014
Donovan Allen
Donovan Allen   Subaru
2#1 and a .75 were enough. Great route. One of Fergusons best. Oct 5, 2016

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