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Benevolent Bruin

5.9, Trad, 50 ft,  Avg: 1.8 from 18 votes
FA: Bruce Hawkins & Alan Bartlett, November 1999
California > San Bernardino… > Big Bear Lake Area > Big Bear North > Holcomb Valley… > Pinnacles South > Lost Orbit Rock > Lost Orbit Rock - W Face

Description

Unprotected steep slab (crux) leads to a bolt about 15' up and a slanting ledge system a little higher. Continue up the face above past one more bolt and then cut right to finish in a hand/fist crack; belay and rap from anchors atop Ursa Major.

Location

Located on the face between Bear Essence on the left and Ursa Major on the right.

Protection

2 bolts, gear to 3.5"

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Taylor finishing the crux sequence.
[Hide Photo] Taylor finishing the crux sequence.
Tay amidst the harder version of the upper crux.
[Hide Photo] Tay amidst the harder version of the upper crux.
Benevolent Bruin (5.8), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
[Hide Photo] Benevolent Bruin (5.8), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
P. Smeltz at the top of Benevolent Bruin
[Hide Photo] P. Smeltz at the top of Benevolent Bruin

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Bill Olszewski
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.9
[Hide Comment] Really good face climb - the upper crack is practically 4th class. That start is hard, balancy and crimpy; definitely harder than 5.8, and that's before the first bolt! Upper crux leaving the ledge can be done a couple ways but either way it's more fun and interesting climbing! Sep 2, 2009
[Hide Comment] Agree that the start is a little stiff. Have a spotter for the moves to the first bolt. Aug 15, 2011