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Beggar's Banquet S 
No Man Knows the Hour S 
Titanium Albatross S 
Trial of Faith TR 
Trouble With Normal, The S 
Unknown 5.10d S 
Unknown 5.11d S,TR 
Unnamed (Water Jump Start) TR 
Unnamed 5.12a S 
Unnamed 5.9 S 
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Trial of Faith 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  TR, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: FTR Menzo Baird, Kevin Brown, 1987
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Submitted By: andy patterson on Oct 17, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Trial of Faith


A striking (and overhanging) crack that starts at hands and tapers to fingers. After the thin stuff, the holds taper off into nothingness... any takers?


In between Beggar's Banquet and The Trouble With Normal.


Use Beggar's Banquet anchors. Trial of Faith is normally a TR, but a lead wouldn't be out of the question—just ill-advised.

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By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Jul 1, 2008

As hinted in the description, I'm pretty sure this climb awaits a FFA. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong. Kudos to the stalwart spirit who attempts to place gear on this line.
By Brian Paden
From: Goleta CA
Apr 6, 2010

I've freed this climb. I didn't realize it was an established route or anything. Left a rap ring at the top slung to the tree(pro: camalots #1,2,3 and a few stoppers for the top section)
By Nick Sullens
From: Yosemite/ Bishop
Apr 26, 2010

Anyone ever considered putting an anchor where the crack ends? This looked like it would be an amazing (kinda scary as well) lead, except for the 15 foot blank section above the crack. I'll help if anyone is interested.
By Jon Hanlon
From: SLO
Apr 26, 2010

If you are unwilling to TR or lead the route, you could fix a temporary line from above to allow you to climb to the end of the crack (and beyond), clipping preplaced knots. You could even lower from the end of the crack if you don't want to finish the climb.

This would be better than retrobolting a route that has obviously seen at least one free ascent.
By Nick Sullens
From: Yosemite/ Bishop
Apr 27, 2010

I believe this climb is still awaiting a free ascent hence no retrobolting. I think Brian might be thinking of a different crack in the canyon as there are bolts on the top of this crag and no tree to rap from.
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Jun 28, 2010

Brian is (I think) thinking of the crack just to the right of Leviticus, which you encounter before even getting to the Theology Crag.
By steve edwards
From: SLC, UT
Sep 1, 2010

You would not be retrobolting this route since it's not a route. A TR half way up a wall is not an FA. It's just noted for historical sake. I never worked on this route because there are so many birds living in the crack in the spring but it's probably one of the cooler lines left to do in the area. It would probably not disturb them to have a voluntary spring closure. However, before I added any hardware I'd make sure the bit above the crack is climbable.
By Brian Paden
From: Goleta CA
Sep 24, 2010

My bad on the comment. I mistook another route to be trial by faith. I took a picture of it and posted it in the seven falls area. It is not the route to the right of leviticus though. It's closer to trouble with normal.

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