Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Paul Landrum, Ken Currens, March 1975
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Shared By: David Tvedt on Mar 29, 2006
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The crux of this classic climb is the first half of the route. Insecure feet and thin fingers in the tight starting dihedral lead to a ledge at halfway. From here, a somewhat easier finger crack ends at a steep jumbled headwall. Rap anchors are just right of this, around a blind corner.


West end of Wildfire Wall (South side of the Crooked River).


Pro to 2 1/2 inches. Passive pro tricky to place in the first half due to bottlenecks being very narrow and inward crack flaring. Cams work great in this section.


Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
Some body english helps through the start crux section. Then enjoyable hands and fingers until the eventual step right to the anchors. Fun, but I don't think as good as others on this wall. Oct 22, 2006
Ian McEleney
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Ian McEleney   Mammoth Lakes, CA
I didn't find nuts that hard to place. I think that's mostly what i used through the crux. There's a natural thread at the top of the crack, before the step over to the anchors. Dec 21, 2006
Ian G.
Ian G.   PDX, OR
Save some small gear for the top, plus some slings. I didn't bring enough and the rope drag going to the anchors was kinda annoying. Apr 30, 2009
Las Vegas, NV
J W   Las Vegas, NV
Long slings on the last two pieces mandatory. May 30, 2010
I made the mistake of pulling the easy roof at the top, only to find no anchors. After my partner checked the book, I had to down climb to climber's right to get to them.
I liked the climb, but not as much as Badfinger, which is more continuous. Jun 5, 2010
Matt Farrell
Bend, Oregon
Matt Farrell   Bend, Oregon
Update October 2014:

Wildfire now has its own rap anchor with chains, so you no longer need to do the awkward and annoying step right. Big fatty 1/2" bolts added by Kent 10/2014. Oct 11, 2014

Don't skip this if you are in the gorge, really good example of moderate gorge crack. Fun to do laps on. Dec 13, 2014