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Eleventh Hour 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 530', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Mark Michaels on Aug 22, 2004

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Summit ridge on the sundial.


Pitch 1: Start on the right/west end of the North face, linking small weaknesses to a big ledge at 180+ feet. Build a belay and/or move belay around the corner 50 feet to the right.
Pitch 2: Climb a large left facing corner, staying left below steep roofs....a very smooth slab section is mastered using holds on the right and a long reach. Belay on obvious nice ledge.
Pitch 3: Start by climbing either of two left angling cracks for about 25 feet (fingers on the right, thin hands on the left)....avoid large roof by moving right along a nice shelf/flake (long slings to avoid rope drag!!)....then straight up steeper rock/crack to large shale covered ledge (sling sharp edged boulder for belay).
Pitch 4: Scramble left along the ledge (loose shale!!), and climb 50 feet to summit (sling boulder to belay).

To descend: From the boulders atop the route, scramble south along the shale ridge towards the true summit, and then angle down a nice ramp to the left (east) to a group of pine trees. Three single rope rappels off nice, live pine trees reaches the scree at the base of the northeast face.


I placed lots of cams, from #0 TCU to #2 Camalot, and the occaisional nut. You'll want plenty of long runners, and some very long slings/cordellette for belays (slung flakes). Only some loose rock keeps this from being a 3 star classic!!

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Rock Climbing Photo: looking down on pitch 3 of the eleventh hour.
looking down on pitch 3 of the eleventh hour.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 4 on Eleventh Hour.
Pitch 4 on Eleventh Hour.
Rock Climbing Photo: Great fall colors!
Great fall colors!
Rock Climbing Photo: Sundial july 2012. Trip Report: rjohnasay.blogspot...
Sundial july 2012. Trip Report: rjohnasay.blogspot...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 4
Pitch 4
Rock Climbing Photo: Rachel stoked to be on the summit of the Sundial. ...
Rachel stoked to be on the summit of the Sundial. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: 11th hour, Last pitch
11th hour, Last pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Rox cruising up to the 4th belay after the sweet f...
Rox cruising up to the 4th belay after the sweet f...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Kaserman took me up the route given in the ph...
BETA PHOTO: Mike Kaserman took me up the route given in the ph...
Rock Climbing Photo: Eleventh Hour. Approximate belay locations in gray...
BETA PHOTO: Eleventh Hour. Approximate belay locations in gray...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crux dihedral pro. Just go for it!
BETA PHOTO: Crux dihedral pro. Just go for it!
Rock Climbing Photo: Boissal is looking smooth on the 3rd pitch of Elev...
Boissal is looking smooth on the 3rd pitch of Elev...
Rock Climbing Photo: Strength in number. Top of P1, The Eleventh Hour.
Strength in number. Top of P1, The Eleventh Hour.
Rock Climbing Photo: If done as 3 pitches, this would be the start of t...
If done as 3 pitches, this would be the start of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: My Wife having fun on the last pitch of Eleventh H...
My Wife having fun on the last pitch of Eleventh H...
Rock Climbing Photo: Topping out
Topping out
Rock Climbing Photo: Shivers (Lucas Johnson) on a comfy hanging belay
Shivers (Lucas Johnson) on a comfy hanging belay
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up P1
Looking up P1
Rock Climbing Photo: Second pitch.
Second pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: FWIW, here's a variation (in red) that I did way b...
BETA PHOTO: FWIW, here's a variation (in red) that I did way b...
Rock Climbing Photo: Eleventh Hour, 2nd pitch.
Eleventh Hour, 2nd pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sundial July 2012. Trip Report: rjohnasay.blogspot...
Sundial July 2012. Trip Report: rjohnasay.blogspot...
Rock Climbing Photo: December 2011 snow on Eleventh Hour.  Trip report:...
December 2011 snow on Eleventh Hour. Trip report:...
Rock Climbing Photo: From spring of 2013
From spring of 2013

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By Mark Michaels
From: Draper, UT
Aug 26, 2004

I would call the first pitch 5.7, while the 2nd and 3rd pitches are easily 5.8, with the opportunity for 5.9 variations on the North Face.It would nice to have some fixed gear at belays on this route.While all-clean alpine routes are of course preferred in wilderness areas, the slung blocks and flakes used for belays on this route have very sharp edges, and there aren't many solid gear placements to be had!

Gear wise, I took a 3 Camalot, and only used it once, in a belay. Wished I'd had a second #2! Micro cams were essential. Finally, make sure to be off the Sundial before the weather turns bad! We got off just in time!

As a side comment....check out the Northwest face of Superior peak from the Sundial!Hoo daddy, now that's a nice looking wall!!!
By triznuty
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 30, 2006
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The FA's had a good eye on this one. Excellent rock, killer exposure, sweet views and cool temps definitely make this a Wasatch 3 star mountain classic.

Standard rack (micro cams help) with some extra webbing-for belays & raps.
By kzoo
From: michigan
Sep 18, 2010

This is a great route! I followed the beta photo with pitches outlined in yellow on this mountain project page. 1st and 2nd pitches (initial pitches up to large ledge) were pretty straight forward for alpine - a slung block about 100ft up off the ground and a piton w/ webbing about 130ft off the ground.

The third pitch (crux) is definitely 5.8 w/ technical slab moves and needs microcams! Unless you are solid at 5.10 slab, don't forget the pro, because it would be a runout. The rock leading up the slab section is loose as hell, but easy w/ few choices for solid placements.

The Fourth pitch, which climbs some finger cracks up and right to an arete, is undoubtedly the best pitch. Probably goes at 5.7+ and eats up gear. If rope drag doesn't get you then run it to the top and find the mess of slings/static rope that are slung around a block.

Descent: you can rap from several trees on the ledge of the east side of sundial peak. If you choice the first tree w/ visible slings - it leads to a ledge approx. 100ft below not trees. There is a boulder about 50ft climbers left with slings that will get you to another tree and finally the ground.
By bsmoot
Sep 19, 2010

First Winter ascent?

Jim Dockery & Lynn Wheeler late 70's
By jason malczyk
From: General Delivery
Sep 29, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

A 60m rope makes it down in two raps from the far rap station. The second rap comes about 5 feet short but is a easy down climb. There is a third rap staion for 50m rope to take three raps.
By Tristan Higbee
From: Ogden, UT
Jun 8, 2012

Classic. I finally climbed this thing today and loved it. I started the first pitch too far to the left but eventually made it to the big ledge and the normal upper pitches. The rock on the route was a lot better than I thought it would be and the webbing at all rap stations was in good shape.

I took cams to #3 (with doubles on the .75, 1, and 2 pieces), a set of nuts, and a few micro cams. It was perfect and it's what I'll take when, not if, I do it again.
By MoonMountainMan
From: Bellingham, WA
Jun 18, 2012

Got this route yesterday with all of my Utah Outsider buddies. This route still has me smilling. I can't wait to go climb it again and lead the pitches that I didn't get to. My partner and I did the whole thing with a set of C4's and Nuts. Everyone on this page seems to think that micro's are a must have.. not true. I lead the crux slab on the 3rd and it was easily protected with just a standard set of nuts and C4's. Passive Pro all the way.
By Jentry Miskin
Aug 24, 2012

Rock Climbing Photo: Dave working the crux dihedral
Dave working the crux dihedral

This climb is gorgeous! Here's my quick beta. We followed the image with yellow pitches drawn from mtnproject, thanks.

1st pitch - several start points, any of them kind of led to the same place. Placement is solid with several options for belay (slings on boulder, tree, p-ton).
2nd pitch - short pitch to large ledge with massive sling set for belay (webbing was in great shape)
3rd pitch - crux pitch up some very scary loose rocks on the first half. Check each rock before placing gear. Second half is a dihedral with small nut placement. I used only nuts on this pitch and it was great. This is also the grave site of my GoPro as it lies in 400 pieces at the bottom of the pitch. RIP.
4th pitch - awesome finger crack climbing with an exposed arête towards the top and large feature climbing. There's a really cool lie-back in the white section of rock during this pitch. Used almost the entire rack to finish a 55m pitch to the top. Top belay is slung with webbing also in great condition.
Descent - thanks to whomever left the rock cairns. They led us right to the belay on the east face. Beware of rock fall during the rappel.
Rack - Set of cams up through #3 with double #1's, #.75's, and #.5's, and two Omega cams. Full set of nuts including doubles or triples for smaller nuts.
By BackAtItAgain
Oct 2, 2012

Great route! As others have said, just a wee bit nippy on a nice 80 degree fall day in the valley. The amount of mtn goat crap near the rappels was impressive to say the least... route finding on final pitch is interesting, be careful. "Crux" pitch protects with small nuts, and is a one move type deal..
By krbuckingham
Oct 6, 2012

Eek - high of 60 in the valley today = numb fingers and toes on this climb. Fun route, standard rack, and unlike the description, only 7 hours car to car for us.
By jspitzer
Jun 9, 2013

Highly recommend this route! Rachel and I climbed this route yesterday part of our link up on the Central Spur (5.10) Central Spur of Dromedary Peak . All the beta above is good and many different ways to go up the first pitch

This route has really good rock and has been clean. Not much rock fall hazard on this route.

Descent: There are cairns leading the towards large dead tree. There is another cairn 50ft past the dead tree. if you walk another 50ft on the talus there is a large alive tree that you can rap off with slings. 3 single rope rappels get you down. We took a 50m rope and made it work but a 60m would be much better.
By Hstoecklein Stoecklein
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 7, 2014

rap stations are all in good shape. a 70m rope can get you down in two raps from the first two stations...skip the third.
By choppinBolts
Sep 16, 2014

I was wondering how long this outing might take. No one mentioned anything in the description or comments. I figured about 10 hours from looking at the terrain and the climbing. It was exactly that and we had a fairly relaxed pace. This included wandering off route, chatting on the summit for a while, taking our time to hydrate and eat, and not being in a hurry. So it could definitely be done in less time. Enjoy (the unscared bolt-free rock).
By jomey
From: Cottonwood Heights, UT
Jun 20, 2015

If you want to go light and fast on the gear, I would bring a single set from 0.4 to #2 and a set of nuts. Long slings are essential and make sure you have enough.

All rap stations are still in good shape.
By greyson
From: SLC, UT
Jun 22, 2016

Did this route the other day, took us just under 8 hours from car to car. That being said we were hiking at a fairly sustained fast pace. A great place to be to escape the summer heat. We brought up a single rack from .1 to .5 in Camalots and doubles in .75 to 3, This was plenty of gear. I would try to save a couple large pieces for anchor building. The anchor for the last pitch should definitely be backed up with gear. All the rap stations are in great shape as of 6/21/2016
By Mike Tsuji
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 10, 2016

Not sure if I just got spoiled climbing in RMNP but this climb was pretty disappointing. The Third pitch was good, the rest were bad.
By Charlie Hartman
Jul 14, 2016

Disappointing to say the least. The climbing gets better the higher you get... and then it gets bad again.
By David Wieder
From: Salt Lake, UT
Aug 28, 2016
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Some Beta:

Climbed the route today in 3 pitches, with a full double rack of cams, nuts, and a 70m rope. Started the first pitch where a small tree is growing out of the wall - went almost straight up through an obvious horizontal crack that can be seen on the approach - finishing at the slung block on the large ledge. Unroped and moved belay around the corner. Most of the 2nd pitch is 5 easy - the "crux slab" is easily protectable with small cams and is basically just a couple face climbing moves - it is not loose and not slab climbing. Finished pitch two on the second ledge above the slab, right at the base of the finger crack. Pitch 3 is excellent - splitter cracks most of the way up. Take the finger crack to the "flake" traverse, to the 2nd set of nice horizontal cracks easily visible from the belay - but at some point cut right/do not follow this crack all the way up/until it dead ends. Look for the photo labeled Pitch 4 on the Eleventh Hour - it has big blocks in a dihedral - for a reference. This will take you straight to the top.

I didn't use any of the tat ridden belay stations on the way up, aside from the one on the large ledge at the end of my first pitch, they look super jank. Rap stations were in good shape.

I think the last pitch of outside corner is more difficult, or of equal difficulty, to anything on this route.

What an amazing location! And good climbing.

P.S. look for raspberries.
By Duy Le
Aug 6, 2017

Yesterday I was climbing behind a party of 4 people with two 70 meter ropes. One leader, and three followers. The leader asked me and my friends climbing behind after them whether or not it would be cool to bolt anchors at the start of the second pitch because he did not like the way the slings wrapped the rock slung belay station. We told him no, and that the climbing community may not approve of bolts on this particular route. He proceeded to bolt anyway with his power drill that he led with and also cut all of the slings. He also bolted two rappel stations and the 2nd station will not reach the ground without 2 ropes. The current tree slung belay stations says that a 60m rope will get you down, but if someone did not read the beta, they may be misled and try to rappel down the new bolted belay stations with a 60m rope.

I wanted to post this as a warning to anyone planning to climb this route about the new bolts. Also, I wanted to see if any local alliances or coalitions approved of this bolting? Maybe I am mistaken when I say that this should not have happened.
By zoso
Aug 6, 2017

Whoa. Please tell me this is a troll.

Edit to say: Wilderness if I'm not mistaken, so no power drills.
By bsmoot
Aug 6, 2017

The local ethics are that, with very few exceptions, you don't add bolts to existing trad routes. Eleventh Hour has been climbed without bolts for over 70 years! If any route should stay in it's natural state, it's this one.
By JimG
Aug 7, 2017

The Sundial is within Twin Peaks Wilderness, so power drills are illegal. This story is strange. Who the hell takes a power drill up to the Eleventh Hour unless they have already decided to put in some bolts. The guy asks you if you think it is ok to bolt anchors, you tell him no, and he goes ahead and does it anyway? What a dick. One person doing all the leading with three following? Sounds to me like someone doing some unauthorized "guiding" in the national forest without a permit, again illegal. Did you by chance get a picture of the jerk? The behavior pattern seems familiar.
By Duy Le
Aug 7, 2017

I wasn't able to get a photo of the leader. He was a couple pitches ahead of me and left the base before I could talk to him. I hauled ass down hill after packing up my camp trying to catch him but couldn't. I didn't take a photo of his following 3 climbers but I believe they are innocent and very inexperienced and I felt like the real culprit was the leader. I thought it was really weird that he asked in the first place...seems like if you hiked in a power drill and led with it that you were trigger happy...
By greggrylls
From: Salt Lake City
Aug 20, 2017

Up there yesterday, there were indeed bolts 8 feet left of my gear anchor. I've got a photo I can post once I'm on a computer. The bolts even are equalized with cord so you can just clip your device in! How convenient! This needs to go, we didn't have the equipment to remove and patch responsibly. I only saw bolts on the first belay.

Edit: 2 star climb 4 star location. 3 stars.
By climb 2 smile
From: Sandy, UT
Aug 26, 2017

I will contribute money to a community fund to properly remove the new bolts and patch the rock to return the route back to the wilderness.
By Tom Thomas
From: Pittsburgh
Sep 10, 2017

This is a must do climb if you are in the area.. Super fun.

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