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Firewater Chimney 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Steve Sutton and Karen Roseme, November 1992
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Submitted By: Randy on Jan 1, 2002

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Holden flies up the variable chimney and stemming ...


This remarkable route chimneys and stems between the inside of the Arrowhead flake and the main face. Varies from 2+ to maybe 5 feet wide. Great position and continuous climbing make this a classic. Rappel 90+ feet from bolts down the outside face of the flake. A little runnout between the bolts, but you are always in a secure position, even if moving up can be strenuous at times.


6 bolts, 2 bolt anchor/rap

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Richard Shore in the Firewater Chimney 5.10b
Richard Shore in the Firewater Chimney 5.10b
The massive Arrowhead Flake, The Last Stand heads up the seam/crack on the right then up and left on face; Firewater Chimney takes the inside of the flake. Both rap off the 2 bolt anchor atop the flake. Copyright 2003, by Randy V.
BETA PHOTO: The massive Arrowhead Flake, The Last Stand heads ...
6ft. below first Bolt <br />Climber:Gregory Turner <br />Photo:Stacy Miller
BETA PHOTO: 6ft. below first Bolt Climber:Gregory Turner Photo...
Gregory Turner Stepping and Stemming up Firewater Chimney. <br />Photo: Stacy Miller
Gregory Turner Stepping and Stemming up Firewater ...
Kaleem Khwaja stretching out the triceps after the 2nd clip.
Kaleem Khwaja stretching out the triceps after the...

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By Murf
Apr 23, 2006

What a wild and distinctive route! The whole Arrowhead is such a excellent feature.

Third bolt is in a very odd position, but overall as Randy's sez, its all there.
By Bryan G
From: San Jose
Jan 12, 2009

Classic! There isn't a 5.10 move in it, but the climbing is very sustained with some good rests here and there. It's mostly wide and airy, with some tighter, more secure climbing climbing at the top. Excellent rock quality too.
By DJ Reyes
From: Northern Nevada
May 27, 2010

Wow! This is one way sweet climb. Airy, scary, and runout. I thought the crux was past the 4th bolt, but the entire climb was out there. Well worth the hike!
By Phil Esra
Dec 10, 2010

Much harder at 5'6" than at 5'9"+
By Josh Golden Eagle
Mar 6, 2011

Is this sport, trad or mixed? The title says trad. The comments say 6 bolts.
By Bryan G
From: San Jose
Mar 11, 2011

Well you don't need anything but quickdraws if that's what your asking. But I have no idea if the first ascent was done ground up or top down. It would be interesting to find out though. It would take calves of steel to hold some of the stems long enough to drill.

In any case, I wouldn't go into it with any expectations of it being a "sport climb". It's not quite "R" but it's guaranteed to get your heart pumping.
By Richard Shore
Nov 5, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

At 6'3", I was able to straight leg chimney nearly the entire climb, stemming wide for only two or three moves. This is probably the easiest 5.10b in the park, if you know how to chimney and have the leg strength to endure the hour-long approach. As much as I hate to downgrade a route, I'd have to uprate 100 others if this is really.10b.

I'll give it the ambiguous "5.9+"
By Josh Higgins
Jan 6, 2014

The anchor is on the other side of the flake. Top the flake out (it's easy) and look on the other side.... I was looking around for a while assuming I was missing something.