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The Sermon 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Bill Webster, Janet Morrow
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Submitted By: Johnny O on Sep 6, 2014

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The Sermon has Brian Connors attention...


The Sermon starts on the left edge of the dark moss streak near Orange Blossom Special. It cannot be missed when walking along the base of the mountain. Follow the dike/crack that trends up to the left. The first holds are easily seen since they are clean spots located in the mossy area. The climbing is fairly easy and there are a few spots where cams or nuts can be placed in the crack. Continue to the end of the dike where a large horn is located and can be slung for protection. From there, move right and up to the first bolt, which has a stainless steel quick link connected to it (from an escape I suspect). Climb up and to the left, while staying underneath a ramp, for the second bolt. The climbing is a little tougher through this section, so use caution. From the second bolt, aim for the first set of belay anchors on the Pulpit. The route stays just to the right of the Pulpit line and does not intersect until the belay. From here, you can continue to climb on the Pulpit or rap. I chose to rappel (single 70M rope) since I have climbed the Pulpit many times.

There is currently part of a dead tree leaning against the rock on the right edge of the start. I was able to climb beside it without having to touch it but it was a real pain as it is partially covering a few holds.


Alternate first pitch for the Pulpit and is to the right of the Pulpit. Located at the moss streak where Orange Blossom Special starts.


Two bolts with opportunities for additional pro.

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