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Fire Starter

5.10b, Sport, 60 ft (18 m),  Avg: 2.3 from 37 votes
FA: Todd Offenbacher, Terry Lilienfield
California > Lake Tahoe > S Shore > Luther Spires > Luther Spires - Main…

Description

Crux after the second bolt

Some cool backstory on this route! Plane crash and Fire Starter were named after a plane crashed across HWY 89 which started a week long wild fire. The crash itself and subsequent fire were witnessed by the FAs as these routes were being set.

Location

Take the trail left once you reach the spires. Scramble up and left over boulders and talus past the 5.10 toprope on the left (two bolt anchor). Plane Crash and Fire Starter are the two bolted face climbs opposite of a shallow dihedral at the top of the talus. Both routes share a two-bolt anchor.

By the descriptions and grade I think the supertopo may have mislabeled this and Plane Crash (swapped positions in the topo).

Protection

6 Bolts + optional medium cam. Bolted anchor at top

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Plane Crash & Fire Starter<br>
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Photo credit<br>
Keith Wickstrom
[Hide Photo] Plane Crash & Fire Starter Photo credit Keith Wickstrom
Slab-B (yellow), Fire Starter (red), and Plane Crash (blue) as viewed from the trail from Jane Spy
[Hide Photo] Slab-B (yellow), Fire Starter (red), and Plane Crash (blue) as viewed from the trail from Jane Spy
Emilie at the 4th bolt
[Hide Photo] Emilie at the 4th bolt
Fire Starter with draws + 0.75 cam and TR setup
[Hide Photo] Fire Starter with draws + 0.75 cam and TR setup

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[Hide Comment] I think the descriptions of this climb and Plane Crash are reversed. Crux near 4-5th bolt on this climb. Jul 26, 2016
Will WB
Sacramento, CA
  5.10b
[Hide Comment] Wonderful blunt arete climbing after an unfortunate/awkward start, but don't worry you won't remember that part. Crux is similar to the rest of the climbing, just thinner. I used a 0.75 cam for the start. Seemed like some other similar sizes would work too. SuperTopo guide book lists this at 10c, which I think would make for an approachable 10c. Whatever the actual grades, this felt like one step up from Plane Crash. Aug 26, 2022