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Hot Tamale 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Craig Childre on Feb 14, 2011

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Climbing is currently allowed in Last Chance Canyon. Continued access is everyones responsibility. MORE INFO >>>


Move up a short easy face section to the first bolt. A cruxy move off the right hand, be sure to set your feet high, left up to a positive pocket. Good holds lead up to rail with marginal holds. Hand traverse left on this rail until you get directly below the 3rd bolt. Then move up on good pocket holds, after which good hold and decent moves make for a nice finish.


Right of the cave, just right of Scorcher. Starts on the bulge on the right side. To it's right is the other warm up route that climbs the arete.


Bolts, & leavers.

Seasonal Information 

This spot is a fantastic warm up spot, out of the wind with fantastic sun exposure. During the warmer months it gets blazing hot during the day, but is good first thing in the morning and the very end of the day. Back of the cave is always a deep freeze to cool off.

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By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 27, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13

The bolting on this line is rather odd. The first bolt in particular should be higher to prevent a falling climb from hitting the ledge. If the climb is at your grade use caution.
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Dec 3, 2014

I agree the bolting isn't ideal, but I never had a problem with the setup. My first time on this route it hadn't been thoroughly cleaned up. Since then it has improved to be one of the better 10's in the canyon. Unless your John Gogas, who said it was a hard 5.9.
By the schmuck
From: Albuquerque, NM
Mar 27, 2016
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Bolting is a little funky, and I wasn't enamored with the caving hangers for the anchor. The whole thing feels like it was bolted on a budget, but it climbs very nicely.

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