Type: Trad, 120 ft (36 m)
FA: Paul Ross & George Meyers July 5, 1972
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Shared By: Jay Knower on Feb 15, 2007 · Updates
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The Beast Flake is a variation to the second pitch of Recompense that is so good, it deserves its own name.

From the bolted belay on Recompense, head up the chimney for a ways until it is obvious to traverse left (small TCU pro). Traverse around the corner (crux) and gain the wonderful flake. This flake is huge and is the Platonic ideal of juggy. Layback with little difficulty, and also little pro unless you brought numerous #3 and #3.5 Camalots. Belay at the top of the flake off gear at a stance.

The only downfall of this route (literally) is that you must then climb down from the belay, enter the chimey and climb Recompense's second pitch chimney grovel the the routes third pitch belay stance below the large dihedral.

Climbing Recompense using this variation is often called Recom-beast.


Small TCUs to protect the traverse, bigger cams if you want to sew up the flake.