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Unfinished Symphony (First Pitch) 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Alan Watts, May 14, 1982
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Mar 16, 2009

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This excellent crack at the base of the sweeping Picnic Lunch Wall was at one time the hardest free route at Smith Rock. Twelve days later, Unfinished Symphony was usurped by the arching Midnight Snack (only a few hundred feet to the left) at 12b/c, but the line remains an enjoyable testpiece for tradsters & history buffs alike.

Begin with easy moves up big, incut flakes, and continue with easy stemming. The difficulty increases with height, as the stems become more awkward and the footholds less secure. After clipping a fixed angle, an awkward rest is possible in the shallow corner. The crux hits as the angle kicks back and the offset switches from left-facing to right-facing. A few key faceholds will prove useful, or jam the flaring pinscars to reach a good ledge at the anchor.


On the main portion of the Picnic Lunch Wall there are three prominant arching cracks. Unfinished Symphony begins up the right-most of these arches, but heads straight up where the arch begins to break left. This is also the first major crack left of Five Easy Pieces, and right of Coleslaw & Chemicals.

Note, this route is the first pitch of the A3 aid climb by the same name.


2 bolts, 1 Fixed pin, RPs, stoppers, & finger-sized cams.

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Rock Climbing Photo: The route begins with relatively easy liebacking &...
The route begins with relatively easy liebacking &...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking for gear opportunities, just below the ten...
Looking for gear opportunities, just below the ten...
Rock Climbing Photo: A final awkward rest before the crux.
A final awkward rest before the crux.

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By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Mar 16, 2009

Unfortunately a new route to the left squeezes this line a bit near the top. It also appears (speculation) that this new line features a number of chipped holds, which can serve as footholds on Unfinished Symphony for climbers with long legs.
By Adam Therneau
May 15, 2009

I hope that the holds aren't chipped. If so, that's incredibly lame. I know the rock on that wall isn't always the best, but come on. I don't think there's any justification for blatantly manufacturing holds these days, but chipping within reach of an established route is inexcusable. Particularly at a place like Smith where there are several hundred climbs you could do at just about any grade from 10a to 13+. I would hope this is an isolated incident and that new routes at Smith aren't being put up with an "anything goes" mentality.
By Max Tepfer
From: Bend, OR
Mar 18, 2017

Fun route! I thought the liebacking past the second bolt was as hard as the upper crux. I'd say the real crux is hanging out to place gear that you feel good about climbing above in the soft rock. Pretty approachable movement-wise for Smith Rock 12b. (as compared to Full Magic Light, Energy Crisis, Latest Rage, Watt's Totts, Vision, et. al.)

The bolts are overdue for an update. Also the fixed pin seems like it could get removed given that it gets clipped in the middle of the first crux and you're not very far above the bolt to begin with. (Spoiler: you can also place way better gear 4 inches above it)

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