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Routes in The Cathedral

Aftershock T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Celestial Ascension T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Devil Tree T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
John Doe 3 T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Karmic Trace T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Mission Impossible T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Monogamy S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Nuptial Vow S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Oracle T 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Painted Bird T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Skinny Len Crimps S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Son of Slab S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Swamp Cooler T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Type: Trad, 30 ft
FA: L. Ellison, S. Carruthers, 1983
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Shared By: grk10vq on Apr 15, 2009
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Aftershock starts out casual, climbing a steep, blocky ramp. Encounter a ledge and find some protection. Prepare yourself here for the next series of very committing moves. -Turning back will be difficult- Proceed with caution up and right through flakes and crimps, moving and stemming carefully through the crux. Stay tight and watch those feet; clip a piton and jam to more secure ground. Follow the crack around the face and locate the anchors.

  • Aftershock originally had a bolt to protect the crux. It appears and disappears leaving holes and bolt sleeves. With help from MW of the ASCA, we patched this hole in Aug 08. The crux was found to be adequately protected without the bolt.


Aftershock is on the East facing wall of the The Cathedral. This route starts just right of Skinny Len Crimps on blocky, bulging terrain.


Set of Stoppers, Cams from .3 to #3 bd, and slings. One piton plus chains.


I started up this yesterday and did not find the 2 nut placements Boissal described. One very small cam from the stance, then nothing after that seemed reasonable. Bailed left onto Skinny. Even after checking it while lowering, I feel skeptical about the possibility of a safe lead. A well-placed bolt at the bulge would make it sane. Jul 25, 2017
Small Lake, UT
  5.10c PG13
Boissal   Small Lake, UT
  5.10c PG13
Damn that thing is scary without the bolt... There's good gear in a horizontal a third of the way up and 2 nuts can be had before committing to the steep airy crux. Both seem decent enough but require quite a bit of messing around and end up well below your feet when you get into the thick of things.

Anyone know the story of that bolt? Seems like a lot of hardware comes and goes in Fergs these days and it doesn't always seem to be for ethical reasons.
If I find you pulling pins/bolts there, I'll bash your skull in. Jul 16, 2012