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The Bear is one of the highest areas on Mt. St. Helena, and it's name probably comes from the fact that it's a pain in the ass to get up to it. The climbing is on a large overhanging face and ranges from 5.9's to 5.12's. On the right side of the main face, there exists 3 second pitch routes that don't see much traffic. They can be approached from any of the climbs beneath because of the sizable ledge at their base. Finally, be a nice belayer and try not to lower climbers into the sharp trees beneath the climbs. Loose rocks above the second pitch climbs make it advisable to always wear a helmet at the base if any other groups are up top.
Approach time: From the bubble: 5-10 minutes.From the road: 20 - 45 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bear:
The Bear Crack 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Bear Fingers 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 55'
Mark's Moderate 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a R Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 120'
Lower Arete 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Silverado Squatters 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Kidnapped 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Jekyll and Hyde 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b R Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Rampage 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 60'
Black Hole Sun 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Beast of Burden 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
The Beast 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Uncle Tom 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Smash n Grab 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 2 pitches, 85'
Stone Free 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Kill Uncle 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Body Snatcher 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Treasure Island 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Swallow My Pride 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Jason and the Argonauts 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Bear's Choice 5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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Stone Free 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a CA : SF Bay Area : ... : The Bear
Starting on the right side of the main rock of the bear, this is the last climb on the 1st pitch. Crux is a traversy move between the second and third bolts that's more balance than power. Beware the the prominent roof above the 3rd bolt is hollow, and is REALLY loose on the right side. This section is run out, but is probably only 5.8 or so. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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