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Fire Stone starts up and right from Rocco's Corner about 15'. You must scramble up a little chimney to reach the face which is just right of an obvious easy crack climb called Super Doo (5.2). Climb up past first bolt through a nicely featured face. To get to the second bolt, which is quite a ways away, move up and delicately step left just below the bolt. You would hit the deck if you slipped off here. Move up to the obvious left facing flake/corner. This protects well to it's top. A thin step left off the flake onto the face is the crux with one or two thin moves up to the anchors. This is a great, fun route with two cruxes, the delicate move left before the second bolt and stepping off the flake at the top although the first is more heady than difficult.
Two bolts plus a few additional small to medium trad gear protect this climb adequately. Anchors are double bolts. A short 3rd class scramble gets you to the very top of the cliffs. A fall scrambling would be very bad.
BETA PHOTO: Photo shows center of Upper Tier. A great view of...
Paul on the delicate traverse left to reach second...
Paul testing flake for gear placement. good place...
Paul standing on top of flake getting ready to mak...
Sallie following up the route! All of us baking o...
Fire Stone starts at the right-most black streak a...
Joe LaBarbera standing on top of the flake getting...
Joe LaBarbera pulling onto small smear of a hold w...
To add an additional fun short ending (5.8 or so) ...
Sallie liebacking up the flake in good style.
|By Paul Rezucha|
Aug 2, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
I did the first moves slightly different the second time I did this route. I decided to climb directly up from first bolt to second bolt on the thin face. It certainly is easier climbing up on the right but the delicate step left seemed scarier. Climbing straight up was easier than it first looked and pretty straight forward. Just as much fun the second time around!
|By Darshan Ahluwalia|
From: Petaluma, CA
Jan 16, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R
This route is R rated as you will deck if you fall getting to the second bolt.