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Hot Rocks 

YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Julian Kinsman
Season: Fall-Spring
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Submitted By: Patrick Pharo on Oct 5, 2013

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20 feet of slabby climbing leads to a high first bolt that should be in reach from good underclings. Consider a stick clip, or at a minimum don't blow it. A powerful boulder problem guards access to the face, and then techy climbing on good edges and generally positive features lead up and left to the arete. A second boulder problem, this more technical than powerful, is encountered prior to the airy finish. Consider a #0.4 or 0.5 BD sized piece of gear for your first run to the chains.

Hot Rocks is a route with great movement and nice rock, and it doesn't get the traffic it deserves.


Just left of Cornered Again, Hot Rocks ascends the left face and arete of the clean panel comprising the downstream/eastern face of The Crystal Tower.


I believe there are 9 bolts.

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By Jeremy Jacobsen
Jun 21, 2014

Consider an additional bolt between first and second. I really wanted to try this route but bailed when I decided I didn't want a close encounter with the deck whilst clipping the second bolt.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 1, 2015

After over 10 years, this thing felt much harder than I remember and would be a great candidate for some serious re-bolting to make more sensible clips. Regardless, the price of admission is a burly move.

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