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Bates Arete 

Hueco: V4 Font: 6B

Type:  Boulder, 10'
Original:  Hueco: V4 Font: 6B [details]
FA: Barry Bates
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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on May 2, 2005

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The Bates Arete problem from below.

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The Bates Arete is one of the best problems of its grade in The Bay Area. Starting low on the right side of the rock, and about 25 feet long, first traversing up a steep overhang complete with large jugs and slopers leaving the desire for a good rest.

The climb turns the corner from a good traverse into an uphill battle along a long solid arete where landings are bad. A final mantle, and the problem is yours.


Several Pads, active spotters, and some heuvos. There are a few spots in the problem that just don't protect all that well.

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By Bruce Morris
From: Belmont, CA
Sep 16, 2006

Barry Bates did the FA. Not "Billy" Bates (whoever that is).
By abe
From: califonia
Mar 9, 2008

wow. ! Nice line.
By tallmark515
From: San Francisco
Oct 19, 2009

Not sure that I'd call this "R" rated. It does top out high from the ground, but you're never too high from something to land on (other large boulders and slabs). The crux is down low and protects with two pads safely. Climbing up the face is easy after completing the crux and once you hit the jug at the top of the route you're home free.
By lucaskers
From: Mountain View, CA
Aug 10, 2015
rating: V4 6B

I'm gonna echo other comments and say this is definitely not an "R" problem. I wouldn't even call this "PG-13". I've been known to be a weenie and did this by myself with two pads. Everything is easily workable and the crux protects very well. Once you pull onto the face you're basically home free. A rare jug top out for Castle Rock.
By Andrew Child
From: Santa Clara
4 days ago

The climbing on the face is really secure. If done right an uncontrolled fall would be very unlikely. There is some potential to barn door into a nasty fall while pulling on the arrete though. Overall I don't think this problem needs a PG13 rating.

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