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Chewy the Beaver

5.8+, Sport, 105 ft,  Avg: 2.1 from 12 votes
FA: Wolfe/Vasquez
California > Sierra Eastside > Bishop Area > Owens River Gorge > Lower Gorge > Diamondback Area
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Arete or low-angle dihedral to a tricky bulge (crux). Continue up and left through varied & fun climbing.


Either start on a face to the left to gain the arete, or a shared start with "Finked" and stay left.


14 bolts, Mussy hooks.

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Maidy on an early ascent of Chewey the Beaver
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MisterE Wolfe
Bishop, CA
[Hide Comment] Update: New beta from a short friend down-grades this climb to a 5.8+. Apr 5, 2017
[Hide Comment] I do think there is a single 5.9 move at the third (?) bolt, but it's one move and right at the bolt. Oct 9, 2017
[Hide Comment] Dunno. I'm with Phyl on this one. I gave it a 9-. There's a spicy little move in the first third getting onto the slab. Good fun and a nice long cruise.

BAd Oct 20, 2017
MisterE Wolfe
Bishop, CA
[Hide Comment] Edited to a 5.8+ - everyone happy now? :) Oct 20, 2017
Morgan Nutting
Bishop, CA
[Hide Comment] Nice route, I climbed it without knowing how hard it was, I felt the third bolt had a 5.9 move for sure. Oct 29, 2017
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
[Hide Comment] Lots of bolts and a little bit of thinking. Fun for the wall. I'm not sure I'd balk at either 5.9 or .8+ kinda same same. What I would note is the length and amount of draws. I went up with 12 thinking that was plenty (yeah, yeah I had beta in my pack). I cleaned and bumped a draw to make it happen. I'm happy with that as coming up 2 short and looking ahead to the unknown would have given me pause. Jan 16, 2018
Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
[Hide Comment] fun moves, less than stellar rock Jan 27, 2018