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Bear's Choice 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Chris Miller & Dave Masuo, 1990
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Submitted By: C Miller on May 31, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Bear's Choice (5.6), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles


This is the right-most climb on the west face and easily identified as a right-facing flake system.

Enjoyable moves up the flake gain a ledge, after which a few easy face moves reach the top of the rock. Downclimb to the climber's right or rappel off bolts on one of the neighboring climbs.


Gear to 3"

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By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 2, 2009

Sweet easy trad climb with a great lieback crux and easy to protect.
By Dave Kos
From: Temecula, CA
Aug 15, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Short, easy, protects well.
By Colin Schour
From: Big Bear Lake, CA
Apr 30, 2012

Great climb for first time "liebackers"
By Daniel C. Serrano
From: Los Angeles
Jun 3, 2016

I just want to point out something misleading in the description. I did this today with someone who did not want to follow, so I just brought up the bare minimum. Ended up stranded at the top as the rap rings were actually 15-20 feet to the left of the finish. I rapped down, then had to solo up to retrieve my gear. This is for sure a gear anchor and should be noted in the description.
By Adam Stackhouse
Jun 4, 2016

The climb is listed as "Trad." That usually implies a gear anchor. Also, most folks have a follower and as such clean the gear on the way up. Once the party is at the top, it is often the case that folks break down the belay and wander in search of a rap station or down climb. That said, there doesn't seem to be a problem with the description.
By Tabi White
From: Bermuda Dunes
Jun 7, 2016

Well, it does indeed require a gear anchor, and kind of a fun and funky one, to boot depending on your strategy. However, it may be helpful to know that not only can you access nearby bolted anchors about 5-7 meters north, you can easily reach at least one more bolted anchor 10-12 meters north if you feel like TRing some of the 10s on this face but are as chicken-hearted as we were about the slabby first bolt on a few of the fun routes on Lost Orbit West.

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