Beast of Burden
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The Beast starts just left of the hand crack on the left side of the Bear. Climb past 2 bolts, employing lots of lateral movement then go over the diagnol crack and continue up past the crux and two more bolts until you reach the finish. The moves are constantly interesting and make you think.
Four (now 5) bolts to cold shuts shared with Jason and the Argonauts (.12b)
|Comments on Beast of Burden
From: Sebastopol, CA
Feb 19, 2006
This route is a variation start to Jordy Morgan's route "The Beast" aka "The Gong Show" which starts up the steep crack. I bolted the Beast of Burden variation in 1996 or 1997. The upper bolts of The Beast/GongShow with spinning SMC hangers are originals.
NOTE: In 2005 several key holds broke on this sequential route. The start has been rebolted. There are now five bolts in total. The killer handlebar hold is gone, and a key crimp just above and left of it. I'd call the route .11c now and more sustained, which makes it better.
From: Oakland CA
Jun 1, 2008
One of the best routes at the crag, continuous and fun with an athletic crux. There are now 5 bolts on the route, not 4.
From: davis, ca
Aug 7, 2009
Hrmm... I onsighted this last year. I don't think it's an 11c. 10d/11a max for the short, but funky crux sequence.
From: Sebastopol, CA
Sep 21, 2009
Or you were feeling strong and read the sequence well? It was a consensus .11b until two holds broke. Definitely harder now. Enough to bump a letter grade? I thought so. Maybe not. Needs more consensus.
Sep 21, 2009
Climbed this on Sunday 9/20/09. There is a jug hold right below the fourth bolt at the end of the crack (end of the traverse in from the left on Beast of Burden) that is very loose now and poised to break off in the hand of the next person who yards on it. The portion of the flake above this hold appears solid still.
In hindsight It's so loose I should have ripped it off when lowering but I don't think breaking it off poses a dangerous fall for a leader even if only the third bolt is clipped at that point. Heads up to your belayer though.
Nov 8, 2009
It's official, one of the jugs on the crux is no longer in place. When I first approached it today, it was wiggling around, so I thought it better just to work it out, rather than have it drop unexpectedly on a belayer at some point in the future. The crux is conceivably still doable, as the higher jug is still in place, but as the now gone jug marked a "rest" before at the start of the crux, things might be more interesting. This route is amazing, but definitely not easier than 11c, with or without the fallen jug.
|By J. Albers|
Nov 15, 2009
There seems to be a bit of a discussion on the grade, so I thought I would add my two cents. I was up there yesterday with 4 others, three of which got on this route. Here are my observations. First, this is a really nice route and the movement through the crux is quite enjoyable. Second, there is no way that this route is 10d/11a. I did the crux a second time as I lowered out, just to make sure that I could evaluate the grade. All of my partners and I came to the same consensus. We all thought this route was about 11b/c. We all thought that it was a bit stout for 11b, but not on the solid side of 11c either. If I were forced to choose, I would push it towards 'c', but just to let a potential leader know (particularly if you are short) that they should be able to pull a move or two harder than 11-. Hope this helps.
Aug 23, 2011
Great route. Fun, sustained, moderately technical crux, but If you're able to read it quickly you shouldn't have any issues. I'm between 5'2" and 5'3" and did onsite this, but got the impression that additional reach would've been beneficial at the beginning of the crux.
|By Bernard Van De Walle|
Feb 24, 2013
Onsighted this yesterday.
I would say that the key is to move quickly and don't hesitate too much at the crux. Also some good on the spot reading skills helps a lot.
Also this climb and the whole sector are face climbs... If that is your kind of climbing you could get it easily.