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The Bumble Bee 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Annie Smith
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Submitted By: Michael Schneiter on May 26, 2008

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Description 

Steep climbing that is harder than it looks. This climb seemed to keep people away due to it's originally widely spaced bolts, polished holds, and its isolation from other climbs. Before having a couple of bolts added, people had decked trying to clip the 3rd bolt. Now, with 5 bolts it's super safe.


Location 

The first route you come to on the Ice Cave Wall when you hike from the lower parking lot by the bridge. Just upstream of the Lower Ice Cave.

Protection 

5 bolts and anchor. Two bolts were added in August 2010 during the Rifle Cleanup.


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By Avery N
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 3, 2009

I seriously wished I had a few small-med sized nuts for between bolts 2 and 3. Definite decking potential when clipping the awkward 3rd bolt.
By JFK
From: San Diego, CA
Aug 18, 2010

I second that. Felt harder than 5.9? Maybe that's just me not being familiar with Rifle climbing.
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Aug 23, 2010

Two more bolts were added to this as part of the Rifle Cleanup, so you shouldn't have to worry about hitting the ground now.
By Andrew Hewitt
From: Aspen
Oct 13, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

The hardest 9 ever. Also the most polished. No decking potential though!