Type: Boulder, 15 ft
FA: Kerwin Klein, 1992
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Shared By: AJ on Jun 11, 2014
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This is a Black Mountain mega-classic. A gorgeous overhang with impeccable rock quality, wild gymnastic moves, an unforgettable topout... it'’s got it all.

The standing start begins in the middle of the wall, goes up and left, then heads back right with crazy, unlikely body English. Then continue right to the baffling sloper topout. A very memorable climb.




I spoke with Kerwin Klein about this problem via email recently. He found and climbed it from a standing start in 1992, around the same time he established Cracker Boy. He called it the Firewall because the hillside was covered in flame retardant from a fire sometime before. The problem missed the deadline for inclusion in Craig Fry’s So Cal Bouldering Guide by just a few weeks, and was later rediscovered and renamed the Tour de France.
Klein also climbed a sit start several times, but wasn’t able to link it together with the upper section. According to Alan Moore's blog, the full sit-start Tour de France was established in 2008 and is around v10.

Video: youtu.be/e91T487qq40 Jun 11, 2014
Willie Wilson
Willie Wilson   America
Never heard it called firewall before cool story AJ. Seems like a few of the classic problems at Black have multiple names and first ascents. Thanks for posting up the history on this one. Oct 29, 2014
Andy Liu
Eastern Sierra
Andy Liu   Eastern Sierra
youtu.be/SIfOvnZ2FAg Sep 28, 2018