Type: Sport
FA: Jeff Engel
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Shared By: randy baum on May 19, 2006
Admins: Kris Gorny, chris tregge

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Light My Fire is located between Rock Pigs and Super High Tech Jetfighter (the route just to the left of Kelly's ArĂȘte).

The climb got its name because the first ascensionist, Jeff Engel, used a blow torch to dry out the holds between redpoint burns. Red Wing laughed at this man's delusions, saying, "blow torch, smore norch. these holds will always be greasy and chossy!". With that, Mr. Engel punched the base of the route, thus creating the great two-finger pocket at its start. That guy has no ethics, brauh.

For the start, I recommend skipping the first bolt and just stick clipping the second, and have your belayer stand to your right. With this setup, you'll have an unobstructed throw for the undercling.

At a foot or so above the fourth bolt, there is a crumbling pinch (especially at it's base/bottom). Tread carefully, and don't blow -- or blame -- your RP on this, homie.

Takes five draws. Anchors have leaver biners -- and a dead bush that obstructs clipping! (how can Red Wing's rock crumble so easily, but that bush lives on year after year??!)




Jonathan Williams
Jonathan Williams   Minneapolis
There's a rumor that a foothold broke off this route, making it more difficult for shorter folks. It still goes at 12c.

A totally underappreciated route. One new quick-clip at the top for lowering to go with the hook and other biner.

JW Mar 25, 2007
This is a great route. In my mind, it is split into three sections. The first is getting to the undercling, which for me requires a dyno for the first move, a couple of careful smears, and a long move into a tensiony span.
The second moves from the undercling through a couple of small crimps, and up to the crux hold, a sloping crimp thing. This hold used to be a giant flat edge, but was broken a couple of years ago (I know who did it, and I heard last year that he still thinks about gluing it back on). For me, moving through that hold (and making that clip) is the crux of the route.
Once established on the great crimp to the right of the broken hold, you work your way up through a nice little pocket (one or two fingers, depending) and a couple of edges. Dr. Hirsch says you have to dyno, but I just edge my way up with my right hand, getting my feet high, and reach to the jug.
The final bit is a great finish on surprisingly solid holds (except for a small dirty section). The end doesn't compare to the difficulty of the beginning, but you still have to think your way through it, and there are a couple of great moves up there.
I never climbed the route before the hold broke, but right now, it climbs great. I hope that hold never gets glued back on. My favorite 12d at Red Wing. Oct 25, 2007
randy baum
Minneapolis, MN
randy baum   Minneapolis, MN
moved Randy's post to route description
--Kris Gorny Sep 13, 2009
Thanks for updating the page! Great description.
Not sure what I think about clipping the second bolt first, but then I tend to have pretty strict and sometimes stupid ideas of what's right and wrong when it comes to sport climbing. May 30, 2010
Liz H  
Welp, you're not going to be using that crumbling pinch above the 4th bolt anymore. This weekend, in the Red Wing tradition, it exploded off the wall, leaving a flat thumbdercling in its place. It still goes just fine, but now requires you to move more carefully, like the delicate, fancy dancer you know you are / have always wanted to be. Oct 14, 2013
My clumsy feet demolished the best two or three footholds at the base of this route today... the big flat incut ledge is now a greasy sandy divot. It feels harder now. Jul 26, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
Bryan   Minneapolis, MN
I added to Mike's destruction today. Broke off the sidepull I think by the 4th bolt and a lot of flakey stuff that shouldn't be as big of a deal. Friend said it still goes at the same grade. Sep 8, 2018