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Killer Bee

5.10c, Sport, 80 ft,  Avg: 2.6 from 25 votes
FA: Dave Hatchett, Jeff Mckitterick, 1993
California > Lake Tahoe > Truckee River C… > Big Chief Area > Center Wall


This route is located in the crazy colorful rocks just to the left of the main cave area. If you see a section that's got giant blocks colored green, orange, white and black in addition to the standard Big Chief off-red, you're probably in the right place.

There are two routes that ascend this section, this is the right one. The other route is Big Cheif Arete (5.11a) and is also an excellent route.

In climbing this route, you can throw away any and all moves you've ever learned in indoor and outdoor sport climbing. You will get dizzy looking around for grips and things to help you on your way up, though the climb is well worth any vertigo you may experience.

There are a few sections of this route that are a little runout, so rest when you can.


9 bolts to a 2 bolt top anchor.

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Colorful rock is not an understatement, Yusuke Komai on "Killer Bee".
[Hide Photo] Colorful rock is not an understatement, Yusuke Komai on "Killer Bee".
Starting up Killer Bee
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[Hide Comment] Delicate and powerful with a blind throw. Great climb Mar 15, 2005
Colin Brochard
[Hide Comment] Difficult to onsight. Feels kinda like trad climbing with bolts. Nov 22, 2010
Colonel Mustard
Sacramento, CA
[Hide Comment] The top crux is pretty stout and thin. The rest isn't that bad. Dec 16, 2010
[Hide Comment] An onsight of this route is quite challenging since there's no chalk and there's a lot of route finding weirdness going on. Cool adventure. Jun 28, 2016