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Flight of the Bumblebee 

YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b

   
Type:  Sport, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Greg Parker
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Submitted By: Greg Parker on Oct 20, 2006

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Me on Flight of the Bumblebee. Incredible route.

Description 

Named after the swarm of bees that were attracted to my rope while equipping the route. This route climbs up the obvious white buttress. The climbing is technical, with big pulls off of small holds and a great crimper redpoint crux. After you finish the hard climbing you get a great rest, but you still have 30 more feet of 5.11. Awesome route.

Protection 

10 bolts, open cold shut anchors.


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By Miah
Jan 2, 2007

Amazing climbing on stellar stone. Considering it's one of the finest routes in the Canyon one would think it would get a little more attention. Excellent introduction to the harder routes in Spearfish. Technical edges w/ a little power tossed in for good measure. Easier on the tendons than Big Train but slightly more technical. Another Canyon must send!
By Cawasaki
From: Spearfish, South Dakota
Nov 9, 2014

Hey Greg, just wanted to say that I have been dreaming of doing 'Flight' for a long time -- pretty much since I started climbing. Thanks for the inspiring route! Super fun sequential climbing on an exposed prow that you can see from the road. Now there are two ways to end it with Lee's extension going out to the left after the 'Flight' original cruxes. It is super-fun climbing but probably more hard 5.11 or maybe even 5.12a which would arguably make Flight a 13.a again.
By Greg Parker
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Nov 25, 2014

Thanks for the kind words, Cawasaki! I'm glad the route has served as a source of inspiration for you. I felt the same way :-) Lee's new variation sounds awesome. Maybe some day I'll be in a position to give it a go...