Father on Fire
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The lower half of Father on Fire (taken 11/28/03)
Approach the west face of the Hand as for Power Bulge and Back in Slacks. Then head up the ramp just a few feet west (uphill) of Power Bulge. Scramble up the slippery slab maybe 50 yards to a flatter ledge area at the base of Father on Fire and New Saigon.
Father in Fire is the beautiful, steep crack that shoots up from the right side of the ledge. Clip a bolt to protect the initial moves, then fire straight up the sustained, high-quality crack. Two more bolts and natural gear protect the route well, although it's pumpy to place. It is quite sustained and feels like a lot of climbing for only 45 or 50 feet.
From the top of the pitch, rap off the slings on the pillar or move up and left to a 2-bolt anchor at the top of an un-named sport route and rap.
This pitch has 3 bolts, but natural gear is also recommended to minimize the runout factor.
Bring camming devices, from smallest up to thin hand-sized, in addition to draws for the bolts.
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