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Hueco: V7 Font: 7A+

Type:  Boulder, 18'
Consensus:  Hueco: V7 Font: 7A+ [details]
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Submitted By: BDalhaus on Sep 21, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Climb me...


Perfect height, great moves, and devious holds. This powerful, delicate arete is a hidden gem and now one of my favorites in the park. Sit start with a three finger jug for your left hand and a crimp for your right. Slither up to two tiny crimps using a sidepull before powering into a gaston pinch. With the help of another crimp and an undercling, make a hard deadpoint up to one of two crimps before snagging the flat sloping lip which feels like a jug.

V5 from the stand, starting by jumping to the gaston.


Five minutes up the Fire Tower Trail, where the trail takes a hard right turn, head left/downhill on a faint footpath where you can see the pond through the trees. When on the footpath, this boulder is the leftmost rock that is visible. The problem climbs the arete behind the tree.


Two pads and a spotter.

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Rock Climbing Photo: The tiny crimps...
BETA PHOTO: The tiny crimps...
Rock Climbing Photo: The sweet cross through move to the crimp on 'Slit...
The sweet cross through move to the crimp on 'Slit...

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By Jeremiah Johnson
From: Hershey PA
Feb 3, 2010

Judging from the picture, I think this might be a problem that Kurt Oian and I put up many years ago (summer of 2002, maybe?) back when we were first exploring the fire tower, though it's hard to tell for certain. It was so humid that day that we used rubbing alcohol to dry our hands off before climbing it. I'm glad to see it up here; it was a good one.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Jul 27, 2015
rating: V7 7A+

The most interesting line at the Lower Fire Tower and the bottom half has really good movement. Somewhat marred by some sharp holds and the fact that the side by side crimps are flexing pretty badly, making it likely that they will break at some point. I did the crux sequence slightly differently than what is described above, in order to minimize time spent on the flexing crimps.

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