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A Flickering Flame
Avg: 3 from 3 votes
|Type:||Trad, 125 ft|
|FA:||Joel Unema, JJ Schlick, Wade Forrest 2015|
|Page Views:||395 total · 15/month|
|Shared By:||JJ Schlick on Nov 27, 2015|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
DescriptionIt takes but one small flame to dispell all the darkness in the universe....
A Flickering Flame is a quasi adventurous, all natural gear route, that for the grade will please the connoisseur. The gently overhanging crux section offers small good gear, and very bouldery sequences, up a stunning, though faint dihedral accented by an eye catching orange and yellow streak which runs vertically parallel to the upper seam.
Rappel down the Nycto Gully 125' to a pillar top belay. #.3- #.5 are handy at the belay.
Start as you would for Like A Shadow In The Night. At roughly the 50' mark, figure out the compression problem which grants access to the bottomed out, "backwards J" seam out climber's right. Once established on the seam, several big, cruxy moves follow over good gear and open air.
If you make it to the rather enjoyable jug after the crux section, it's time to calm down, and not blow out your flame. The next 30' is technical climbing and placing gear on the run. This section is gorgeous as you climb along the bright orange streak on your left.
Once the angle breaks, climb to the right of a small oak bush up rather fun 5.8 to the top. Exit into the Nycto Gully.