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An interesting line with some 'interesting' rock, but pretty good overall. The climb has a little of everything and is enjoyable if you don't let a few loose sections bother you. It is safe overall.
Down and right about 5 meters from Treiber's Deception, the trade route of this rock, there are a pair of left-leaning cracks that merge 8 meters up the rock. The thinner one of the two on the left is the beginning of Hot Line. Climb up this to the merge and continue up and left to the terminus of the crack, then climb up into a weird pod and then crank a few meters hard right to a hanging flake and get established in another crack (crux). Protect this and make awkward moves to finish on the final slab above.
Belay up top and then rap to the west. We did this on a single 70M rope, but it was close.
This route is on the lower part of the East face of Tom's Thumb, just left of a large left-facing dihedral ('Look But Don't Touch', 10b) and right of Treibler's Deception.
A standard rack with cams to fist-sized (3.5"). This route meanders a bit and longer slings are good.
Feb 12, 2008
Phew.. more like "Hardline" than Hotline. hmmmm.... 10 plus. Strenuous from the get go..all the way up. Awkward in sections...with polished tiny feet. Hangdog lead. Save two BD golds and blues for the upper handcrack. Not many rests. Classic.
|By max gibbons|
From: AZ y TO
May 7, 2009
Yeah, I'll agree that the climb's safe overall, but unless some--como se dice--grace is used on lead, the belay might not be for long.
But then, anything less and you're an animal I suppose.
From: Phoenix, AZ
Apr 1, 2013
Awesome and stout climb! Funny, I've been calling it "Hardline" anyway. Hot Line, huh. It is hot!
Oh, and there's a relatively new (as in sometime in the last few months or so) and very nice chain anchor on top that can be rapped safely with a 60m rope and it brings you to the base of this route.
|By Austin Sobotka|
May 6, 2013
Did this climb some 4 months ago with Manny. Really awesome line (although my memory may be more fond due to the fact that i had always wanted to lead it and somehow got it clean first try). Need to go back and climb it again. Bring doubles of 1's and 2's, possibly triples if you want to sew it up. It's burly.