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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, with the possible exception of Savage Dance (I havenít been on it, but Savage Dance 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.