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Rock Climbing Photo: The runout section on the first pitch...
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By Ryan Kosh
From: Los Angeles, CA
Mar 15, 2012
This picture doesn't make it look run out, but if you fall you're going to deck.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jun 27, 2013
Ryan's got that right. You can see from the start that there's going to be a good runout from the top of the pillar to the flake, but just remain focused and keep your belayer alert.
By Adam T.
From: San Diego, CA
Jun 12, 2014
Ryan K says you will deck. Benjamin C says to keep your belayer alert. What good is an alert belayer if you are going to deck? I guess that way your belayer won't get smooshed.

Will you truly deck on this pitch and if so, why isn't there at least some sort of protection? I'm personally not in this for the death potential.
By Laine
From: Reno, NV
Jun 12, 2014
Q - Will you truly deck on this pitch?

A - Yes, people crater on this climb every year.

Q - Why isn't there at least some sort of protection?

A - That is how the route was put up. If someone was to add a bolt to the runout it would be removed by the locals. Be solid or beware!
By Salamanizer
From: Vacaville Ca.
Jun 12, 2014
If you're not willing to accept the potential for injury or death, then you need to consciously consider that when you choose the routes you climb. Not that you're advocating doing so, but no one has the right to alter an existing route to suit your personal needs, in turn dictating the level of risk for those who don't have those same needs. Like the tens of thousands of climbers who have climbed Bears Reach without incident. Remember, some people climb for reasons that include the adventure aspects found in risk. For those people(who are many) taking the risk out of climbing or attempting to curb it would kill the soul of climbing, bastardize it and take from it a major reason why they do it in the first place. There is a reason we have ethics and not rules in climbing... respect for others!
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jan 3, 2015
Adam T.....belaying ISN'T a passive activity. That's why Guy H. suggests "AN ALERT AND COMPETENT BELAYER." A good conscientious belayer could keep the leader from "decking" on this pitch. Also, as the description indicates "Bear's Reach" is TRAD, there aren't any bolts on the climb. Berry and Linnett didn't place any bolts on the FA, that's why there's no protection. Again, as Guy H. states "find another route until you're 100% confidence." If you can't handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen, or in this case off "Bear's Reach."
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The runout section on the first pitch...

Submitted By: Guy H. on Feb 18, 2006
On this route:
Bear's Reach (5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b )
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