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Flight of the Bumblebee

5.12d, Sport, 70 ft,  Avg: 3.9 from 10 votes
FA: Greg Parker
S Dakota > Spearfish Canyon > Blue Sky > Pheromone Wall

Description

Named after the swarm of bees that were attracted to my rope while equipping the route. This route climbs up the obvious white buttress. The climbing is technical, with big pulls off of small holds and a great crimper redpoint crux. After you finish the hard climbing you get a great rest, but you still have 30 more feet of 5.11. Awesome route.

Protection

10 bolts, open cold shut anchors.

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Me on Flight of the Bumblebee. Incredible route.
[Hide Photo] Me on Flight of the Bumblebee. Incredible route.
Dan Olmschenk with cold fingers, he attempts to chase the fleeting sunlight towards the rim of the canyon walls.
[Hide Photo] Dan Olmschenk with cold fingers, he attempts to chase the fleeting sunlight towards the rim of the canyon walls.

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Miah
 
[Hide Comment] Amazing climbing on stellar stone. Considering it's one of the finest routes in the Canyon one would think it would get a little more attention. Excellent introduction to the harder routes in Spearfish. Technical edges w/ a little power tossed in for good measure. Easier on the tendons than Big Train but slightly more technical. Another Canyon must send! Jan 2, 2007
Cawasaki
Spearfish, South Dakota
[Hide Comment] Hey Greg, just wanted to say that I have been dreaming of doing 'Flight' for a long time -- pretty much since I started climbing. Thanks for the inspiring route! Super fun sequential climbing on an exposed prow that you can see from the road. Now there are two ways to end it with Lee's extension going out to the left after the 'Flight' original cruxes. It is super-fun climbing but probably more hard 5.11 or maybe even 5.12a which would arguably make Flight a 13.a again. Nov 9, 2014
Greg Parker
Cardiff, CA
  5.12d
[Hide Comment] Thanks for the kind words, Cawasaki! I'm glad the route has served as a source of inspiration for you. I felt the same way :-) Lee's new variation sounds awesome. Maybe some day I'll be in a position to give it a go... Nov 25, 2014