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The Hotline (aka Hiccup Delux) 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: ccmski body on Nov 7, 2009

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Zach on The Hot Line

Falcon Closures from February 2 until July 15. MORE INFO >>>


The Hotline links the first pitch of the Nose to the 2nd pitch of Cat's Pajamas to the final pitch of Reunion- a striking line up the Flying Buttress

p1: Climb a scrub oak fifteen feet until you can make difficult face moves to gain the crack system. OW and jam through the awkward pod into a flared crack going from tight hands to fingers. Move left through the quartz band to the base of the steep flare- belay here (5.10)

p2: Climb the flare which is wide and gently overhanging at first to steep hands with some face features. When the crack Y's, go left along the seam with sparse protection. Contemplate the step across over the Said and Done corner to get to the base of the Reunion pitch- belay here (5.8)

p3: Climb the exquisite finger crack straight in until the crack angles up and right. Follow this to the top- belay using higher cracks (5.10-)

descend through the hole with a minor downclimb to gain ledge access to the Coke Bottle Raps. 1 60m rope will get you to the ground in 2 raps from here. Otherwise, continue across the Flying Buttress to finish up Beaver Cleaver or High Exposure exit. From the top, you will need a 70m or 2 ropes to complete the first rappel without doing the cam trick.


From the Front Porch, locate the crack that is staring directly at you on the front of the Flying Buttress


Single black and blue alien, 2x from green alien to #2BD, single #3 & 3.5 BD

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By KyleKent
Nov 7, 2009

Spectacular, sustained link up. Highly recommended. The beta from ccmski is right on.
By Paul Davidson
Nov 11, 2009

Hiccup Delux ?
Wonder where cramer got that, it was always the Hotline as far back as I can remember.

One of the best "moderate" routes up the FB.
Of course, anything ending on Reunion is a classic.
By ccmski body
From: Seattle, WA
Nov 18, 2009

Anyone have any idea about the FA of this linkup?
By ccmski body
From: Seattle, WA
Nov 22, 2009

Greg- I've also seen this referred to as "The Grand Slam" on another forum, but that's all I know about that...
By BCramer
From: Prescott
Nov 25, 2009

Paul, pretty sure I got that name from Rusty. Greg, I had heard that name as well, but since I had heard of no competing name at the time, I went with the name Rusty gave it. Can't make everyone happy.
By BCramer
From: Prescott
Nov 25, 2009

Didn't take it personal Greg. Seems like every group has their own version of things. I can't tell you how many route names were brought to my attention for the bouldering guide after I printed it. Normal for an area like Prescott that has a lot of out of town visitors but no real repository to pass along route info. The Promised Land is a prime example. Lots of routes but little FA info. Stray bolted lines are all over the Dells as well. It's just the way it is.
By Kevin Keith
Nov 30, 2009

I've only been here since '90 but i've always heard it referred to as "The Hot Line".
By Paul Davidson
Oct 30, 2013

Well... If Rusty had it as Hiccup Deluxe, that was probably the original name for the link up. Can't recall where I first heard Hot Line. I'd tend to think Rusty had something to do with the first link up. I seem to recall doing it with Grossman once in '77 when we spent a week at the Front Porch. It sort of captures your attention when you spend enough time hanging on the Porch. Certainly my favorite line up the Buttress itself.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Oct 3, 2015

Spectacular link up!
By Flynn Mcfarland
From: Prescott, AZ
Nov 9, 2015
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

Be careful using the tree to start the route, it has become seemingly very weak after the fire and will likely break eventually with enough traffic.

The first pitch was certainly the most difficult in my mind and my crux was getting out of the OW pod half way up, just awkward and sustained but leads to some sinker finger and and thin hand jams.

There is a piton in the left side crack before the OW pod(can add a little rope drag), but other protection can be found if you bury a #3 or #4 in the wide crack.
By Jed G
Sep 6, 2017

If you have extra energy and inspiration, a fun way to finish this linkup (or any route that tops out on the buttress) is when you scramble down to the coke bottle raps, hop on the last pitch of Coke Bottle and take it on up through Beaver Cleaver to the top (5.8....kinda 5.9+). I call it the "Hot Line To A Preferably Uncleaved Beaver". Also pretty easy to top rope the third (5.10) pitch of the nose from near the top of Reunion which would add yet another pitch to your outing.

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