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Leading Bear Damage, 7/24/11
4 bolts, chain anchor.
You can also keep going past the chain anchor and run it out and belay at the railing, turning it into one 120' pitch, and then simply walk down the stairs.
From the parking lot, walk up the stairs for about 20 meters or so. Be looking on your left for a climbers trail that goes under a huge fallen tree leaning against east face. Hop the railing and descend the trail. Bear Damage is the last bolted route at the end of the trail. (to the left of "Flight of the Stares")
6 quickdraws, slings for the anchor at the top
By daniel ballarin
Jun 18, 2012
This was my first lead ever, and a memorable one at that. I inherited some sport gear from a friend who moved out of the country so I read a book on how to climb and did it. Someone told me there was an easy lead just down from the railing, they were talking about Stair Tek 5.5 but i thought that this was the route. Years later I still thought it was a runout lead (like most climbs in sequoia) but it sure was adventurous for being so close. There are newer bolts up around the area so somebody is is climbing there, I just haven't run into any other climbers there.