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Optional third pitch is 4th class. Fixed anchor above second pitch.
FFA: T.M. Herbert & Bob Kamps, 1969
Belay from natural anchors.
FFA: Ken Edsburg, T.M. Herbert & Jerry Sublette, 1965
Alternative first pitch to the remaining 2 pitches of Haystack.
FFA: M. Haymond & Jim Hicks, 1969
Belay from fixed anchors.
FFA: Royal Robbins & Ken Wilson, 1973
Fixed anchor above first pitch. Natural anchors for remaining pitches.
FA: Mike Covington & Dick Erb, 1969
FFA: Jim Orey & F. Van Overbeck, 1972
In the center of East Wall is an obvious arch, rising up from the base of the cliff and curving rightwards. East Crack goes up the 2nd crack line right of the right-end of the arch.
5.7, 160ft. Climb the crack, past a bulge and then upwards until a ledge/stance appears up and left of the crack. Belay. (small gear)
5.8, 120ft. Step back right from the belay to the crack, and follow the left crack line upwards at the large flakes. Pull over two or three bulges (5.8 cruxes), then up the crack a bit further, then move right to the ledge system where this route, "Bear's Reach" and "East Wall" converge. Belay high and left on the shared ledge, if there's crowding (common).
5.7 (crux only), 120ft. Step right from the belay and head up the obviously highly-trafficed and a bit polished crack. Pull the 5.7 crux roof, and then reach the 3rd class ledge. Place a piece (to protect the 2nd) then traverse right until you find a comfortable belay. Generally better to belay on the ledge, rather than over the top. to ease communication and rope drag.
FFA: T.M. Herbert & Gordon Webster, 1966
FFA: Phil Berry & Robin Linnett, 1956
When looking at the East Wall, this is the obvious, nearly straight up and down, bottom-to-top crack line. When you see it, you know it. Climb the crack. Keep climbing it.
This is a 2-pitch climb. You will need a 60 meter rope.
The first pitch of this climb begins with an obvious crack heading up and slightly right. The crack breaks into two about 100 feet up, take the right crack. Shortly after the split, it becomes impossible to find gear placement, but don't worry, you run up this to an 8' wide by 30' long shelf which serves as your belay station.
On the second pitch, located on the far left side (looking at the face) of the shelf, the climbing starts easy and turns into a not so pleasant offwidth crack that about half your body fits into. Although you can't place gear through this section, its a secure climb. Once past this, its a run-up to the top where you can belay off of a tree.
Thin crack traverses right into East Corner.
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Bear's Reach 5.7 R - Bear's Reach - Post-traverse - uploaded 7 years ago
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