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Steve Kraft on Bear's Choice
A powerful, bouldery start with tricky footwork takes you through three bolts and the crux before easier, blocky terrain above.
Holds have been broken off at the start of this route. Originally rated .12a, it is quite a bit harder now.
Third route right of major chimney.
Five bolts to chains. Shares anchor with NVPS
|Comments on Bear's Choice
|By Ian G.|
From: PDX, OR
May 3, 2009
Seeing that this route is now 12+ makes me feel a little better. I flailed for so long on the boulder problems crux. It's short, but the movement is good. It would be a burly lead (did it on TR).
From: santa rosa, cali
Nov 13, 2009
when i did the probable fa on tr i rated it 5.11d/5.12a and called it Polaris after a megadeath song and because it is white like polar ice. then Jordy bolted it for lead and cleaned a few loose holds making it harder - more like 5.12a or b - and without knowing i had named it he gave it the name Bears Choice. it is not any harder than 5.12b at most. i just did it a few years ago and unless something else has broken then i have no idea how it got the 5.12+ rating. if any route on the bear is close to 5.12+ it is Jason and the Agronauts 5.12c ish. if it is that hard now then shit im psyched to do it again!
From: Sebastopol, CA
Dec 1, 2009
A key hold broke last year, so you have some climbing to do. Its harder now. :-)
|By Vlad S|
12 hours ago
Burly and very fun boulder problem (about V5) between 2nd and 3rd bolt leads into 5.9 climbing above on this one. I don't know what broke here before, but it didn't feel much harder than 12b. The boulder problem revolves around kicking your left foot into a high heel-hook, making a long reach to an undercling and pulling hard. 3 more sequency moves end at a jug by the 3rd bolt.