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Fire Wall and Upper Tier

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Aaron's Route S 
Anvil, The S 
Black Sheep, The S 
Burnt S 
Dennis Hopper Memorial Route T 
E-Z Rider S 
Egg, The S 
Family Man S 
Father's Day S 
Fire Walker S 
Fiyo S 
Fun for the Whole Family S 
Hammer Time S 
In Descent S 
It Takes a Village to Raise a Route S 
Kindling S 
Nicole's Corner S 
Prescribed Burn S 
Reignite S 
Shadow Caster S 
Stella's Groove S 
Still Smokin S 
Summer Solstice S 
Toast S 

Fire Wall and Upper Tier Rock Climbing 

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This is a nice west facing wall that sits directly above Water Wall, the other sections of the Upper Tier are down stream from Fire Wall. Fire Wall itself catches tons of afternoon sun as there is a lack of living trees on the bench above Water Wall, but the routes to the left do have some big trees that provide shade once the sun comes around. The routes up here are mostly if not all sport climbs, there are about 12-15 routes on Fire Wall, a few on the next wall left and Family Man on a further section of wall.

Getting There 

Hike into Water Wall and there is a steep trail up around the left and of the wall to reach the left end of Fire Wall, the other sections of wall are further to the left/down stream.

Tim’s Thumb – Furthest north formation with pointy summit.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Fire Wall and Upper Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fire Wall and Upper Tier:
Stella's Groove   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Dennis Hopper Memorial Route   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Fun for the Whole Family   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 40'   
In Descent   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Nicole's Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
E-Z Rider   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 40'   
Kindling   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
It Takes a Village to Raise a Route   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 45'   
Prescribed Burn   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   
Shadow Caster   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   
The Egg   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Fire Walker   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
The Anvil   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   
Summer Solstice   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 50'   
Burnt   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   
Reignite   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 50'   
Fiyo   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   
Father's Day   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 50'   
Toast   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Family Man   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Stella's Groove 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  New Mexico : Taos Area : ... : Fire Wall and Upper Tier
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By Mike Howard
Feb 11, 2011
Beta from CLIMBING MAGAZINE March 2011
Comale Upper Walls
Tim’s Thumb – Furthest north formation with pointy summit.

Family Day  5.12a  ***  Climbs steep orange face behind big tree to black arête above.  FA: Tim Naylor, Jay Foley, Donna and Milan.
The Block  - Middle formation, routes listed left to right.
Aaron’s Route  5.8  **  Start on right side of dead tree and after 4th bolt angle up left and over bulge to left facing corner.  5 bolts.  FA: Gina Hawryluk, Dan Greenwald.
Nicole’s Corner  5.10a  ***  Start 10 feet right of dead tree.  Crux move is right off the ground and can be protected with small gear or avoided by starting by dead tree and traversing to first bolt, which keeps the route at 5.9.  6 bolts.  FA:  Nicole Heckmann, Dan Greenwald.
Shadow Caster  5.10c  **  Start by large tree on left side of roofs and climb over two roofs.  In the shade all day!  5 bolts.  FA: Scott Resnick, Dan Greenwald.
Fire Wall – Large formation above lower walls, routes listed left to right.
​E-Z Rider  5.10a  ** Left most route on fire wall.  Starts 20 feet left of  DHMR.  
​High first bolt that is easily reached from left side.  5 bolts.  FA: Tim Naylor, Jay Foley.
Dennis Hopper Memorial Route  5.8 PG13 **  Starts 8 feet left of In Descent.  A bolted bouldery start leads to a ledge and nice double crack system capped by a small roof above.  Exit left here and then continue up crack above.   Gear – 2 bolts plus tiny wires, small cams, and three #3 camalots.  FA: Jay Foley, Tim Naylor.
5.12a TR  Top rope face in between DHMR and In Decent via In Decent’s anchor.
In Decent  5.9  ***  Start 8 feet right of DHMR.  For 5.9 grade stay right of bolts as the route steepens about halfway or stay left here and earn 5.10d.  8 bolts.  FA: Jay Foley, Carlos Abeyta, Vali Valus.
The Anvil  5.11a  ***  Start 15 feet left of leftmost black streak (Fiyo).  Climb up over bulge and then up to “hanging” anvil.  6 bolts.  FA: Dan Greenwald, Gina Hawryluk.
Fiyo (aka Catch a Fire)  5.11d  ***  Climbs left most black streak.  A bouldery start leads to easier but STEEP climbing above.  5 bolts.  FA: Kevin Ormerod, Jay Foley.
Still Smokin’  5.10d  **  Starts  by dead tree and just left of Reignite and climbs up over bulges.  6 bolts.  FA: Dan Greenwald, Gina Hawryluk.
Reignite  5.11d  ***  Climbs left side of middle black streak.  7 bolts.  FA: Dan Greenwald, Jay Foley, Kevin Ormerod.
Burnt  5.11c  ****  Climbs right side of middle black streak.  8 bolts.  FA: Cliff Reed, Jay Foley.
Toast  5.11d  ***  Follow blonde streak left of right most black streak.  7 bolts.  FA: Jay Foley.
Fire Walker  5.11b  ***  Climb right side of right most black streak.  7 bolts.  FA: Spike Lynch, Jay Foley, Dan Greenwald.
The Egg  5.11a  **  Climb right of right most black streak over several roofs.  8 bolts.  FA: Dan Greenwald, Gina Hawryluk.
Prescribed Burn  5.10b  **  Climb left side of pillar to beautiful face.  7 bolts.  FA: Dan Greenwald, Jay Foley.
Kindling  5.10a  *  Climb up steep face to bulge half way up and step left and then back right over bulge and then continue up and right to anchors.  7 bolts.  FA: Dan Greenwald, Gina Hawryluk.
By tim naylor
Feb 12, 2011
Thanks for all the excellent routes here, well thought out clips, nice and clean, just a great little crag.
By Chris Wallwork
From: Albuquerque, NM
Aug 27, 2012
Name of route under Dennis Hopper Memorial Route is Hopper’s Face (the 5.12a*)
By ekamm
Oct 26, 2012
I left some gear here a couple of weeks ago--cams and aliens, so if someone finds them, I'd be MOST appreciative!

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