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Flamethrower

5.10d, Sport, 115 ft (35 m),  Avg: 3.1 from 31 votes
FA: Dave Hatchett, Jeff McKitterick 1992
California > Lake Tahoe > Truckee River C… > Big Chief > Three Towers Wall

Description

This is the first long route that you come across heading down to the cave of the Center Wall from the north pass. It sits just to the right of three short and very overhung routes (Eye of the Beholder, Headband and Sitting Bull). 

Climbing is tough over the first overhang through the first three bolts, which lasts a mere 20 feet. From here climbing remains interesting but eases off for about 4 bolts, until some strenuous near vertical face climbing takes over for about 6 more. A welcome rest comes at the beginning of a slightly overhung flared pillar section, which ends in a runout and committing final move.

Protection

16 bolts, mussy hook anchors. 70m rope needed.

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Starting Flamethrower, awesomeness!
[Hide Photo] Starting Flamethrower, awesomeness!
Awesome long route! Climbed it in the shade until the sun came out just before the anchors, illuminating the final moves.
[Hide Photo] Awesome long route! Climbed it in the shade until the sun came out just before the anchors, illuminating the final moves.

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[Hide Comment] Awesome route that can barely be done with a 70m rope. There was about 3 inches or rope left behind the Grigri when I got to the ground!!!! There are NO MUSSY HOOKS on this climb so be prepared untie and thread the anchor when cleaning Nov 23, 2007
Karsten Duncan
Sacramento, CA
[Hide Comment] With a 60 meter rope you can get off in 2 rappels. Either rappel or be lowered to a set of Mussy hooks on the next route over to the left(Sitting Bull?). Oct 26, 2009
mac345
Reno, Nv
 
[Hide Comment] this route is good for the grade and has everything, some slabby sections overhangs and good stuff right before the anchor. Also i lowered off this route from the anchors with an edelweiss 70m with about a foot of rope left so watch those ends May 14, 2014
Burlen Loring
Albany, CA
[Hide Comment] 5.8 finishing variation: where bolts vear right across a face, continue straight up the hand size crack. Top out on a ledge from which the anchors can be accessed. pro: singles of 1" - 2.5" cams Aug 20, 2018
Lurker -
Truckee, CA
 
[Hide Comment] Added mussy hook anchors 11/02/19. Hardware courtesy of the ASCA. Nov 2, 2019