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Bear Hug 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Randy Farris and Jim Bourgeois, 95
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Submitted By: Jesse Ryan on Jul 14, 2002

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Testing every bolt.


Bearhug climbs a gently overhaning prow - a nice looking line and well worth doing. Located uphill from Wedding and Barnacle rocks and just downhill from Lion's Mane. Climb up the easy slab on the left to the first bolt, followed by some easy 5.10 climbing. The climbing on the prow proper is fun, pumpy and balancy. Well bolted, great moves, and decent rock, I just wish it were longer.


Six bolts to lowering chains.

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Jeff hugging the bear.
Jeff hugging the bear.

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By Brian Faulkner
From: Fort Collins
Oct 16, 2002

This climb is well worth doing. Awesome picture opportunities and views. The name suits it well because at time you can be "bearhugging" the route. I really think the rating is higher than it should be. Its pretty straightforward and I found it to be easier than climbs in the area like tabularasa.
By August Allen
Oct 18, 2004
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Between the slight overhang and the sketchy, crystalline texture of the rock, this incredible route certainly looks like it ought to be in the 5.11 range, if not harder. However, I found that gratuitous use of the namesake "bear-hug" maneuver, a careful search for good side-pulls, and a couple of toe hooks (which made resting on-route a reasonable proposition in several places) all kept the difficulty down to a manageable level. I think 10c or 10d might be slightly more appropriate.
By chris deulen
From: Merriam, Kansas
May 23, 2006
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

I find the initial slab section of the first couple bolts to be challenging, and pulling onto the face to be the crux. Most people I've placed on this classic pillar have agreed, though a bit of endurance and gusto is needed for the long hug-slapping-fest. Great for the aspiring 5.11 climber.
By Clint Ballard
From: Greeley, CO
Jul 2, 2008

By Bill Czajkowski
From: Albuquerque, NM
Sep 18, 2015

Unreasonably scary but good.
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