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The Bear is one of the highest areas on Mt. St. Helena, and it's name probably comes from the fact that it's a pain in the ass to get up to it. The climbing is on a large overhanging face and ranges from 5.9's to 5.12's. On the right side of the main face, there exists 3 second pitch routes that don't see much traffic. They can be approached from any of the climbs beneath because of the sizable ledge at their base. Finally, be a nice belayer and try not to lower climbers into the sharp trees beneath the climbs. Loose rocks above the second pitch climbs make it advisable to always wear a helmet at the base if any other groups are up top.
Approach time: From the bubble: 5-10 minutes.From the road: 20 - 45 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bear:
The Bear Crack 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Mark's Moderate 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a R Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 120'
Silverado Squatters 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Kidnapped 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Rampage 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 60'
Black Hole Sun 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Beast of Burden 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Uncle Tom 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Body Snatcher 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Stone Free 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Treasure Island 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Jason and the Argonauts 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Swallow My Pride 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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Treasure Island 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a CA : SF Bay Area : ... : The Bear
This new line (2012) begins on NVPS, sharing its crux and first bolt then continuing straight up through five new bolts. Step right to finish on Stone Free anchor. The route requires intriguing body tension moves and an improbable thin crux up a steep wall. A bit harder and much more sustained than Stone Free....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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