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The Viewing 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a R

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a R [details]
FA: Ruckman & Douglass '87
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Submitted By: Peter Gram on May 14, 2004

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The Viewing is an excellent face climb on the right side of the Coffin Buttress. This climb is often toproped from the anchors to the right of the Coffin Crack, which avoids some big runouts between bolts. To do this, set a TR after climbing the Coffin.

Climb the fingery 5.9 opening to the Coffin (or traverse in from the left). Keep going up the Coffin until a traverse right is possible above a black chickenhead. This is above the first two bolts and piton on the right for the climb "Closed Casket". Then follow the thin edges up past 4 bolts to a set of chain anchors.

Descent) Rap with one rope (60m is preferable) back to the ground. A 50m rope might be a stretch.


Small cams and nuts for the start, same as the Coffin. Then 4 or 5 bolts to a set of chain anchors.

Photos of The Viewing Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading the Viewing on a gorgeous March day
Leading the Viewing on a gorgeous March day
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying a top rope lap after leading the coffin.....
Enjoying a top rope lap after leading the coffin.....

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By Anonymous Coward
Jun 29, 2004

did a direct start on lower arete to route (on TR)....any idea of difficulty?
By Vince Romney
Jun 29, 2004

Yeah, the direct start to the Viewing is called the "Closed Casket Variation", and is somewhere in the low to mid .11's
By Dave Budge
From: South Slope of the Hindu Kush
Sep 30, 2005
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Four stars. Great route. Direct start is in-your-face tough, probably 5.11ish.
By Nathan Fisher
Mar 1, 2006
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R

Fun lead, well worth doing. I felt it wasn't a 5.10a, but a 5.9+, as the edges are so positive. Maybe in the old days when you were climbing with that runout above 1/4"-er's, it felt more like a 5.10a.
By Texaswall
From: The Woodlands, TX
May 15, 2008

TR'ed this route today after leading Coffin Crack. I agree it's a fine face climb, and in my humble opinion, it's all of 10a. Granted, that rating might be consistent with LCC standards, but LCC standards for friction (and face) seem to be stiff. What I find a little strange is that crack ratings seem to be more in line with other crags across the country.
My 70 year-old partner, a man that has climbed with some greats and in a lot of locales (including a lot in the Wasatch), agrees. At a minimum, as he stated after starting the climb, you should be a SOLID 5.10 leader to take on The Viewing.
By Casey Jenen
Jul 23, 2008
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This was a fun lead and it felt like a good 10a. Good holds and just super fun.
By Gordon Douglass
Feb 4, 2009

When Stuart and I put this route up we did grade it 9+ but it was subsequently upgraded to 10a. BTW no top rope rehearsal but looking out there from the Coffin Crack it looked like it would go. Drilled on the lead with a hand held percussion drill, 1/4 inch by 1 inch Rawl buttenhead bolts, about 45 minutes per bolt.

Take care - Gordon
By Luke Douglas
Feb 8, 2009

Thanks for the post Gordon. What a great story to add to the route description!!! Post more.
It would be great if Gordon's post could be added to the route description and not buried here in the comments.
By Alec LaLonde
Oct 3, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R

I thought this was a bit harder than the S-Direct and solid LCC .10a. Excellent rock and sustained right to the end.
By Daniel Winder
Apr 7, 2011

Tried to send this one today. I blew off easy terrain just below the chains and took a 40 footer, luckily the bolts have been updated since the FA. The only damage is a bruised butt cheek and loss of desire to ever lead this again. The TR is fun though.
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Sep 18, 2012

Great route to practice controlling your mental state. Safe, but runout.
By Aerili
From: Los Alamos, NM
Mar 3, 2013

This was an excellent, long face climb but would be somewhat nerve-wracking to lead unless you are a solid slabmaster at grades >= 5.10 (per Texaswall's earlier comment-- and pretty typical for most 10- LCC friction, I suppose). I could tell as I climbed that this was put g/u; props to that and to the notes about it here.
By S.Cohen
Oct 22, 2014

Great line. I didn't think it was runout. Just super fun climbing on money rock!
By Jer
Sep 2, 2015

RE Aerili: I did it on tr after leading the crack and decided I am a slabmaster who should have top roped the crack after leading the slab. I probably just suck at cracks but I found The Coffin to be much harder and scarier. Both worth doing either way.

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