Type: Sport, 30 ft
FA: Paul Piana and Eric Johnson, 1987
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Shared By: Ted Lanzano on Dec 16, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Although short with only three bolts, Hot Spit is a hidden gem in the Flatirons. The overhung route starts with large huecos and gradually gets harder, ending with a challenging crux near the top. Beautiful holds line entire route, especially the crimps at the crux. Visiting Hot Spit is a great way to finish off a day of climbing at the nearby Overhang Wall or in the Dinosaur Mountain area. Hot Spit is located on the west side of the Bubble. The route is about a 5-10 minute walk down from the Drugs/Power Bulge area; 2-3 minute walk southeast of Sneak Preview; or 5-10 minutes up a gully beginning at Stonehenge at the base of Bear Creek. See also directions to the Bubble and/or Stonehenge.


Three bolts to a two bolt anchor with rings for lowering. Anchors showing some signs of rust. No traditional protection needed.


A very fun route. Stupendously good jugs down low, and a good crux sequence. It is overhanging, making up for its shortness.

The gear on the routes to the left looked a little sketchy. I recall a sticking out pin. I emphasize "looked", I didn't climb them.

I think the route is actually up the gully (North-ish) ~2-3 minutes from Sneak Preview. Dec 18, 2003
doug rouse
Denver, CO.
doug rouse   Denver, CO.
Greetings, I would recommend a belay anchor for this one...In '89 I climbed this, and my belayer was sitting a little away from the wall..I peeled off, and he was yanked off of the ground (I was a little stupider then) and we both ended up dangling. I ended up with a rope burn across my right bicep and forearm, (from turning sideways with the rope tucked under!) but certainly wiser. There was a mini-guide in a Rock and Ice issue...I believe it had Bobbie Bensman on "the Fiend" in it. I still haven't mustered up for that yet! Peace, Young Doug Aug 11, 2008