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Fire and Brimstone 

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

Type:  Sport, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Kellyn Gorder 1997
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Submitted By: Luke Stefurak on Dec 22, 2007

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Good holds lead to a crimpy crux about mid way up. After this you get a decent rest and power past a big sloper to the top. Really fun climbing on great holds!!


From where the approach trail meets the crag head left. This climb starts in the corner immediately left of Breakfast Burrito.


10 bolts to chains

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Rock Climbing Photo: Fun, long, pumpy route! Definitely needed the sadd...
Fun, long, pumpy route! Definitely needed the sadd...
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Fire and Brimstone - unknown climber - my draws ;)...
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Otey starts up the corner as Jason belays...
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Adam starts up Fire and Brimstone

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By ziggy
Oct 21, 2009

One of the best of the grade in the RRG. Nice long route with great moves the whole way.
By Eckhard
From: Denver, CO
Oct 8, 2010
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13

Well a Local just told me this may be the hardest ten in the gorge and those crimps at the 5th bolt leave something to be desired when trying to clip with an ankle buster waiting for you when you blow. Over all amazing climb every move is a ten move but it ain't a gimmie for a 10 or 11 a/b climber.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Dec 28, 2010
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13

A great route, but I agree with Eckhard- watch the 5th clip, its sketchy and probably the crux with fairly high consequences.

Someone mentioned that those holds near that bolt used to be bigger, but had broken over time. If this route gets rebolted anytime soon, that bolt should be lowered about a foot to facilitate clipping. This might require a new bolt, or possibly adjustment of the next couple, but its only a matter of time until that climb claims someones ankles.
By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Dec 5, 2011

Found it slightly pumpy through the upper mid section, but some good rests allow the majority to go pretty smooth. Some awkward movements, but fun through and through. A second to Breakfast Burrito if you ask me.
By S. Neoh
Oct 21, 2012
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

As of Oct 19, 2012, the anchors are not equalized; the left and higher quicklink takes all the load and is showing significant wear. Replacing this link with three new quicklinks in a chain should provide an equalized anchor. I have also reported this situation at
By runout
Apr 14, 2014

I blew it at the 5th bolt. Agree that it was a great route except for clipping that bolt. As it stands if the draw is pre-hung it's fine but if you have to place it, it's not really good because you move higher and higher searching for the better hold to clip until you realize there are none and you are already at waist level. My belayer flew up into the first bolt so I probably fell 2x the distance from 5th to 4th bolt + 12 feet + rope stretch. Not sure how long that was but it was looong.

Both belayer and I are fine though. I only hit air on the way down, but yeah I probably got lucky.
By Dom R
From: Estes Park, Colorado
Mar 22, 2015

Forget the clips debate. That sit down saddle position is worth it.
By Jon Po
From: Mahwah, NJ
Jul 27, 2015

This was the first route I did at the Red. Don't remember any clips being spicy and I wasn't much stronger than an 11a Red climber at the time..
By Alex Zucca
From: University Heights
May 9, 2016

Nothing beats that saddle sit down rest near the top.

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