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Fields of Fire 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Tom Slater, Jeff Gater 7-94 on lead
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Submitted By: John Knight on May 24, 2004

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BETA PHOTO: Desperado goes at 5.7 to 5.9 depending on which si...


OK, so you climbed Desperado and were hoping to top rope Diamond or Shadow, but there were already parties coming up both of these routes. What do you do? Make Desperado into a "multi-pitch" climb and continue up to the Fields of Fire/Inner Sanctum anchors. You should plan to lead this all the way from the ground in one stretch rather than in 2 pitches. This will make it safer if you fall after the 1st Desperado anchors and be more comfortable for the belayer. Once you hit the Desperado anchors either go straight up and clip 2 bolts or move left and clip into the bolts just above the Shadow anchors then head up. Although there are only 2 bolts on this climb the difficulty eases up to about 5.4 once you get 20 or 30 feet above the Shadow or Desperado anchors.

The anchors are a bit difficult to find. From Desperado, work your way up and left (keeping the munge on your right) and the anchors will suddenly appear! The anchors are pretty much directly above the Shadow Anchors. You won't see them until you're almost on them.

If you want to climb Inner Sanctum (but don't want to lead it), you can lower your partner to the ground & belay from the top in one long 180' pitch. Or bring two ropes and an extra friend to help pull the rope.

The 2nd Pitch is a bit licheny but offers tremendous views and some nice climbing. The more you climb it, the better it gets for all of us!


Two bolts lead to a two bolt anchor if you climb past Desperado or Diamond.

[ed. note: 1/04 - 1 rusted anchor bolt removed and replaced with 1, ½” Rawl w/SS Double Ring. Existing smash links moved over to existing good bolt for rappelling. 1 rusty lead bolt replaced with a ½” SS Rawl.]

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By Bob Hill
Feb 9, 2004

I disagree - Fields of Fire is really pretty good! Moderate lichen negotiation makes it interesting and the exposure and nearby succulents and moss make it quite scenic. The antique second bolt has been replaced, too. A great route if linked in one long pitch with Desperado or Shadow - see my other comments regarding this.
By John Knight
Feb 11, 2004
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Lichen negotiation! It's well worth it. This is a great extension of Shadow or Desperado. Bring a BBQ brush and make it easier on the rest of us.
By John Knight
May 2, 2004
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Jeff R. & I climbed Fields of Fire (5.8) yesterday. This route makes for a great multi-pitch (well 2 pictches anyway) climb after doing Desperado of Shadow. However, the best way to climb it is to do it in one long pitch from the ground, since the hardest moves are right off the anchors. You'll need a 60 meter rope. Lichen isn't bad & it's not mungy! I think that's just Kristen starting rumors. The 5.8 grade is pretty accurate, but it's really one 5.8 move off the anchor & the rest goes at 5.6 or 5.7. A great way to get up high quickly and enjoy some outstanding views. You can also cross over to Inner Sanctum anchors if you want to top rope (from the top!) that climb. Or rap back to Fat Man, Thin Man, or Shadow. Ethan, Jake & I replaced a lead bolt & one anchor bolt on Field of Fire, so they are solid.

One final word of caution! I had this crazy idea that I could cross over to Eat Mo' Possum (you can). That's the extension above Swallow or Fat Man. Take my word for it, it's a bad idea! Although it's possible, you cross some seriously loose rock that would turn into missles on anyone near the base of Shadow. Rap back to Shadow & do some more climbing rather than wallowing through munge.

By Kristin McNamara
From: SLO, CA
May 2, 2004

Hmm, guess when I did it four years ago, it was a munge pile. I'll have to go back and fix that. : )
By Floyd Hayes
Mar 22, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

As I recall the Slater guide showed two lines from the Desperado anchor--a second pitch of Diamond and also Fields of Fire--but there seems to be only one natural line.
By Jim Reynolds
Feb 2, 2012

Like John said. If you're going to do this route, do it in one full pitch. The crux of both the link-up is directly above the first anchors, meaning a factor 2 fall potential for those belaying from those anchors. (Factor 2 falls are one of the worst things aside from decking because the catch is very static)
By Ken Klis
May 24, 2013

Rock Climbing Photo: fields of fire near top
fields of fire near top
By Frodeman
Jan 1, 2015

4-5 days after rain and while desperado was almost dry, the entire route past the first anchors was soaking wet, making the run out way scary. Also, a pretty big rock dislodged and crashed into/exploded somewhere on the top of shadow but we rapped down to shadow anchors and it doesn't look like it broke anything. Seems like this route needs a ton of time to dry.

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