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Flamin' Freddie 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Stuart Ruckman, Fred Thalmann 1986
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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jul 4, 2004
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BETA PHOTO: My partner rappeling after setting up the toprope.


Flamin' Freddie is on the west side of Challenge Buttress so it gets good shade in the morning/early afternoon.

Climb up the steep opening, traversing slightly left to more dihedral climbing. Follow this up to easier ground (passing an anchor on the right). Continue up the steep face with big jugs for an exciting finish. Pro is more difficult to find in the upper parts, but opportunities are available.


Standard Rack. This route takes small to medium gear, nothing big is necessary. Two bolt anchor.


To locate the line, first find Hollow Man (5.9, bolts up vertical face). Then, just left is a bolted route that pulls through a big roof. Start below this in a left-facing dihedral.

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Setting my first piece on a perfect stance.
Setting my first piece on a perfect stance.
Cruising through the lower section.
Cruising through the lower section.
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By Charles Konopa
May 20, 2006

While waiting for Hollow Man to open up, we set up a toprope on this climb since we didn't have any trad gear, and we weren't up to the R rating. If I were to trad climb this route I'd bring a double set of micro nuts.

By Nathan Fisher
May 30, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13

Not as runout as the Ruckman guide lead me to believe, but they probably didn't have the plethora of micro-cams that I did. Excellent route, magnificent exposure, and solid climbing. Go lead this one. A bit of brass up high, and nothing larger than a #2 Camalot. There are a lot of cracks and features that take gear that don't appear until you are right there. Oh and do it without clipping the anchor to Wrecking Ball that is right there.

By Shaun Greene
From: www.UtahShaun.com
Aug 12, 2006

This climb should see more action. It is a great climb! It actually protects very well, you just have to look a little harder for the placements and use some longer runners. Mostly small cams and nuts (RP size) only one set of nuts is necessary. Small (thin crack) placements but all are bomber. Dont let the R rating scare you away.

By Rockwood
From: West Jordan
Jun 16, 2010

I enjoyed this climb way more than Hollow Man. The stemming start and underclings below the roof, plus the sweet view up the canyon you get looking over the top of the buttress when you pull up to the anchors...it all remind me of the reasons I love climbing. Don't pass this one up.