From the end of P1 of Kauffman-Cardon, climb the large, left-facing corner. Pull the bulge at the top (crux) and move up to the large ledge with rap rings.
To descend, you can rap from the rings atop Bee Sting Corner. From here with a 60m rope you can rap down to the Kauffman-Cardon ledge and another set of rap rings. From the K-C rings, rap down to a third set of rings about 20' down and to climbers left or to a set of rings close to the tree below Dufty's Popoff. Either of these last two sets will get you to the base.
Caution! From the shuts on Kauffman-Cardon ledge rapping with 60m rope will NOT reach the ground...you'll be about 8-10' short.
Two 60m ropes tied together will hit the base from Bee Sting Corner.
Alternatively, you can scramble up and over the rocks that will be directly in front of you (west) when topping out Dufty's Popoff or Bee Sting Corner (to the left when you top out on Skyline Traverse). On the other side of these you can walk around to Luncheon Ledge and then either walk all the way down the Stairmaster or to the top of Ecstasy Junior and rap down from there
Kauffman-Cardon ledge; end of P1 of Kauffman-Cardon. This is below Lower Broadway Ledge. You can also access it by climbing Ladybug (quality line), pitch 1 of T&T, pitch 1 of H&H, or Hero Pendulum (scary R route).
Standard trad rack. You can zip this up if need be. Rap rings at the top.
Nice stemming options.
Bee Sting Corner.
Nice left facing corner that eats up pro and provi...
Bee Sting Corner.
N.A. cruising Bee Sting
May 19, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
Great left facing corner. It is sustained and is stemming the whole way up. Your left leg will get a workout!
Sep 6, 2012
I got to the base of this climb by climbing 1st pitch of Skyline Traverse, then Hero Pendulum (5.5R). As I recall, there were only 2 good pieces of pro on Hero. If you're seconding Hero and fall, you will probably crash into the woods, and end up with more than a few broken bones. But, however you get to Bee Sting, it is a great climb that sucks up the gear!