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Bear Cub 

YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on Nov 19, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Here's the slings at the top as of 19 JAN 2013


Bear Cub follow bolts up a featured face (crimps, edges, slopers) to a ledge with trees. Watch the start - you have to step down a touch to start the route, and you a looking down a steep gully to the base of Fine Line, etc - if you fall you will tumble a bit.

NOTE: Many people get this route mixed up with Bear Hunt; it isn't well-documented and the topo for Flakeview in the Selected Climbs guidebook is a mess. As noted above, Bear Cub starts at the left end of a small ledge where it drops off into a steep gully. Bear Hunt starts about 15' to the right, near the right end of the small ledge.


Located up on a ledge that is above and right of Fine Line and Drivin' and Cryin'; starts about 15' left of Bear Hunt.


Bolts, rap tree (shared with Bear Hunt).

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Rock Climbing Photo: Flake is gone above 4th bolt (clean white area in ...
BETA PHOTO: Flake is gone above 4th bolt (clean white area in ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Onsight of Bear Cub. Fun warm-up
BETA PHOTO: Onsight of Bear Cub. Fun warm-up

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By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
Mar 10, 2008
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I'm pretty sure the description above is actually for an un-named route just left of Bear Hunt. The real Bear Hunt has only one bolt about midway, as I recall, and starts on a more secure ledge instead of right at the top of the gully. This un-named one definitely has an exciting start and is a fun route.
By Bryan Hall
From: Portland, Oregon
Dec 15, 2008

This is not bear hunt. Bear hunt is farther to the right of this and has gear for the 1st 1/2 and 2 bolts to get you up to the ledge.
By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
Dec 15, 2008
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This route has been updated based on information from the CCC website. The historic name of the route is Bear Cub.
By ziggy
Nov 30, 2009

Decent route, it's got a bolt everywhere you need one. Felt considerably harder than Bear Hunt. If Bear Hunt is a 5.7, then this thing is probably a 5.9.
By Pete Spri
Aug 14, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Definately worth doing, and gives you a chance to eye up the really nice .10a to the left of it.
By Tom Gallo
Mar 6, 2011

Sling the pine tree until you clip the first bolt to protect the fall down to Driving and Crying.
By John91
Feb 26, 2013

How many bolts are there?
By Bryan Haslam
From: Asheville, North Carolina
Oct 19, 2014

6 Bolts. Sporty but not a sport route even though no gear necessary. A little runout on the easier terrain.
By Ryan Frederick
Sep 7, 2015

I agree with Tom Gallo. Threw a sling as high as I could reach on the tree and felt like the whole route was adequately protected. My belayer is light, so she tied into the base. Not a physical climb, but a lot of fun. The run out at the top is on easier terrain.
By Russ Keane
Jul 9, 2016

This climb is really great! A+ rock quality. I mean, A++ bullet proof face climbing on killer crimps with interesting moves and lots of nervy leading. As stated, the beginning is testy. Then from there it unfolds in a natural and rather challenging, yet fair, way, up to the tree for the belay. No gear at all- It;s a sport climb. Tremendous views. Perfectly rated at 5.7+.
By Micah Rogers
From: Asheville, NC
Oct 24, 2016

Webbing around the tree is no longer there as of 10/23/16. We just built our own anchor for the follower and then rapped directly off the tree when finished.
By Al Smith III
Feb 20, 2017

above the 4th bolt, right before the 5th bolt, the flake that used to be on the wall is no longer. My best guess, this short section getting to the 5th bolt now feels more like 5.8+/9- with thin moves and a balancy clipping stance.

Rock Climbing Photo: the flake used to be where the white streak is
the flake used to be where the white streak is

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