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Atomic FireBall 

YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Angel Mangual
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Submitted By: Angel Mangual on Jan 24, 2009

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A great sport route. The crux is the roof after the second bolt. After pulling the roof, there are good handles for your right hand (look for them they are great). The climb eases up after the crux. There is a Run up between the 4th and 5th bolt, but is easy climbing. Enjoy! Just Have Fun!


To the right of Kit Kat and to the left of Now and Later.


7 bolts and chain anchor. A 60 meter rope is good. It is a new route so I highly recommend the belayer and the climber to wear a helmet. There might still be some loose rocks.

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By Mike Diesen
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Jan 31, 2009
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R

The route really isn't sustained. It has a super hard (5.10+) move at the second bolt but the rest of the route is only 5.8. If you can get past the second bolt though the upper part is really fun.
By Angel Mangual
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Feb 5, 2009

The jog that you pull off was it a key hole to pull off the crux?
By Mike Diesen
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Feb 5, 2009
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R

Did a fun variation. Climb Kit Kat. After clipping the 4th bolt continue up the ramp. Finish on Fireball. The final roof just below the anchors is the funnest part of the climb. Makes a fun sustained 5.8 variation to the routes.
By Angel Mangual
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Feb 5, 2009 guys are tearing up my routes...I am here hurting to climb and tomorrow go old Afghanistan...If posible I will put routes up there yeeaaa...Man I looking at every little building and try to traverse it, they look at me crazy jajaja
By Dwook
Apr 12, 2010
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Once you reach the giant jug at the top you cant wait to clip the next bolt...Has anyone done the variation going straight up the face to the left of the bolt? It looks really hard, I tried it and I rate it 5.11a/b...fell trying it though :<
By Angel Mangual
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Apr 19, 2010

I tried the middle when putting up Atomic fire ball but there was a big loose rock thatI did not wanted to mess with it. I think Mike also tried it before so we talked about it. I am glad that you were able to enjoy it.
By Paul Davidson
Apr 27, 2011
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R

Second bolt should be higher up or a third added because the ledge potential on those moves is pretty high. A sport climb should never have a ledge out potential.

Also, after we'd done this climb, we TR'd the thin cracks on the face between Atomic and Watcha for a fun variation. Bit thin, probably not as hard as Atomic but perhaps a bit more sustained. Hard to recall.
By Daryl Allan
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Apr 27, 2011
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

You're spot-on Paul. It needs a bolt just past the crux to remove the potential of smacking the ledge if you blow the third bolt. Angel, you listening?? ;p
By John Steiger
Apr 29, 2011
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Found the crux to be as hard as that on Everlasting Gobstopper, but maybe because I sensed disaster if I fell off. Great rock though...
By mikehilbert
From: Tucson, AZ
Oct 27, 2013

I fell at the crux move, which comes just after clipping 2nd bolt...decked on ledge and sprained ankle. There is really no way to not deck if you actually go for it and miss. This line needs a third and possibly fourth bolt added between 2 and 3. I'd recommend not onsighting this if you are anything less than a solid 11 leader.

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