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Classic name, great line, quality climbing (so what if itís short). The Benefactor takes an attractive, brown patina-looking swath up the center of the Garden. More pumpy than technical or powerful, this route might be considered a soft 12b by some, but Iíll stick with the rating given by the first ascensionists. Lowering off the anchors leaves the climber a good 15 feet out from the base of the route. This may be the best 12b in BCC, better than Savage Dance, which gets 3 out of 3 stars in the Ruckmans' guide.
Between Mellow Gold to the left and Up in Arms to the right. Look for two bolts leading to an undercling flake, with the patina-like section above.
Draws. Descent is from fixed Ďbiners on slings tied around a tree (a good candidate for new bolts and chains).
|Comments on The Benefactor
|By Spencer Weiler|
From: SLC, UT
May 8, 2012
My only complaint is the bad belay stance at the base of this one. All the other routes have nice flat stances with a belay bolt.