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Finger of Fate Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,760'
Location: 44.0262, -114.96179 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Spencer Weiler on Aug 30, 2009
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Finger of fate from Hell Roaring Lake


This is the ridiculously cool looking granite spire in the Hell Roaring Lake area of the sawtooths. Very secluded compared to other alpine climbs in the Tetons. Maybe 15 ascents a year.

Getting There 

From Stanley Id take ID-75 west for about 12 miles. Turn west onto Decker Flat Rd, cross the Salmon River via a bridge and proceed in one of two ways.
1. If you have a high clearance vehicle proceed along this dirt road for another mile till you hit a fork with a sign discouraging non-4 wheel drive vehicles from proceeding, along with each road marked with a number, I believe 037 and 315. Take the right road, then take another right at the next junction(unmarked) which occurs quickly. The road turns pretty rough here and bends east. Follow this for 4 or 5 miles till you reach the upper Hell Roaring Trailhead. Plan on 45 min for this section of road.
2. If you lack a high clearance vehicle, park at the lower Hell Roaring Lake trailhead which occurs on the right side of the road 1/4 mile after crossing the river. Hike from here.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.2 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Finger of Fate

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Finger of Fate:
Open Book   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   
BINO BOOK   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   
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TIPTOES 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Idaho : The Sawtooth Range : Finger of Fate
Pitch 1 Starts at the same place as Bino's Book, look for the pine trees. Start just right of the trees. Once the trees are reached work to the left. Find the little book section before the arete. Find the ledge to setup your anchor.Pitch 2 Start making your way up the book. Look back and forth for placements. Stay to right of the arete. Keep climbing up the face there will be an anchor to the right. Bypass that one and continue upward until there is another anchor system with a piton.Pitch 3 Go...[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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A burly approach! Be prepared to huff
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Rock Climbing Photo: Finger of Fate
Finger of Fate
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Approaching the Finger of Fate
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