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Beck's Bear 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Tom Beck, Tim Ramsey and Curt Shanebeck, November 1978
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Submitted By: Locker on Aug 17, 2004

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i have left marbles at the base of this climb a fe...


Shade in late summer afternoons. Page 132 in Randys guide as are all of Playhouse routes. Easy approach from parking lot right after Lost Horse turn off if going toward Hidden Valley from Jtree. The climb has some pretty good moves in the crux area that make it worth a shot. Many other easy to moderate climbs in the area. Great for beginning leaders or if you simply want to do some easier climbing with a relatively short approach.


Small to medium cams/nuts/hexes/tricams.

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Rock Climbing Photo: "Beck's Bear". Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: "Beck's Bear". Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the top of Beck's Bear
Looking down from the top of Beck's Bear
Rock Climbing Photo: First trad lead!!!
First trad lead!!!

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By C Miller
From: CA
Aug 21, 2004
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Climbs a left-facing corner to crack in the center of the wall directly behind a pine tree. Not exceptional, but about as good as routes get at this wall.
By Ryan Kelly
From: work.
Feb 20, 2008

Sorry, just can’t see why this one is ever recommended. It’s maybe 25 feet of climbing followed by 70 feet of 4th class.
By Drederek
Apr 3, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

But a very fun 25 feet.
By DaveGustafson
From: Palm Desert, CA
Apr 5, 2009

Did this one today after passing this one many times. Not bad. Not great. Some fun moves. Able to run this out if you so choose.
By Colin Parker
From: Idyllwild, CA
May 27, 2009
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Of the many routes on this formation, I actually found this one to be lacking. Avoid and send the others, especially practice rehearsal and psychogroove.
By Canon
Nov 22, 2012
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

NOT WORTH IT! So many 5s and 6s out there that are more fun and/or more challenging.
By Robert Chappe
May 5, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I enjoyed this climb, esp the beginning.

MP says 60' route and the book said 80'(ish).
NOTE: From the ground to where I built my anchor (which seemed to match up with exactly the topo line in the book) our 60m rope was maxed out.

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