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Routes in The Lion's Den

Arete T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Bear Hug S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Bride S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Groom S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Higher Learning S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hole in the Wall S,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Katie's Route S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Lion's Mane T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Offwidth T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Unknown 1 S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Unknown 2 S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Unknown 3 S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unknown 4 S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: Randy Farris and Jim Bourgeois, 12995
Page Views: 3,520 total, 19/month
Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Jul 13, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Bearhug climbs a gently overhaning prow - a nice looking line and well worth doing. Located uphill from Wedding and Barnacle rocks and just downhill from Lion's Mane. Climb up the easy slab on the left to the first bolt, followed by some easy 5.10 climbing. The climbing on the prow proper is fun, pumpy and balancy. Well bolted, great moves, and decent rock, I just wish it were longer.

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Six bolts to lowering chains.

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Rob DeZonia  
 
Super fun! Great moves in a fantastic setting. Way better than I expected. Jun 10, 2016
Branty
Boulder, CO
 
Branty   Boulder, CO
 
Fantastic! Most fun after the rock transitions to crystals. Great for hugging. Jun 5, 2016
Bill Czajkowski
Albuquerque, NM
Bill Czajkowski   Albuquerque, NM
Unreasonably scary but good. Sep 18, 2015
Clint Ballard
Greeley, CO
 
Clint Ballard   Greeley, CO
 
11a. Jul 2, 2008
chris deulen
Castle Rock
  5.11a
chris deulen   Castle Rock
  5.11a
I find the initial slab section of the first couple bolts to be challenging, and pulling onto the face to be the crux. Most people I've placed on this classic pillar have agreed, though a bit of endurance and gusto is needed for the long hug-slapping-fest. Great for the aspiring 5.11 climber. May 23, 2006
August Allen
  5.10d
August Allen  
  5.10d
Between the slight overhang and the sketchy, crystalline texture of the rock, this incredible route certainly looks like it ought to be in the 5.11 range, if not harder. However, I found that gratuitous use of the namesake "bear-hug" maneuver, a careful search for good side-pulls, and a couple of toe hooks (which made resting on-route a reasonable proposition in several places) all kept the difficulty down to a manageable level. I think 10c or 10d might be slightly more appropriate. Oct 18, 2004
Brian Faulkner
Fort Collins
Brian Faulkner   Fort Collins
This climb is well worth doing. Awesome picture opportunities and views. The name suits it well because at time you can be "bearhugging" the route. I really think the rating is higher than it should be. Its pretty straightforward and I found it to be easier than climbs in the area like tabularasa. Oct 16, 2002