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Honey Seeker 

YDS: 5.13d French: 8b Ewbanks: 31 UIAA: X ZA: 32 British: E8 7a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.13d French: 8b Ewbanks: 31 UIAA: X ZA: 32 British: E8 7a [details]
FA: Luke Bertelsen, Tiffany Bertelsen - May 2017
New Route: Yes
Season: Shade Season
Page Views: 273
Submitted By: Luke Bertelsen on May 13, 2017

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It's not over.


The Bee Cave Project finally lives.

This stellar climb was an open project for over 15 years. It stayed a project mainly due to the fact that the large pod at the base of the roof has been home to several large bee colonies over the years. Despite several climbers' efforts to thwart the bees, mainly with expanding foam application, the bees won out keeping suitors at bay.

Just over a year ago the bees up and moved out.

In January of this year, after looking at this climb and it's steep set of fixed draws for years I dove in: first replacing suspect bolts, upgrading all of the fixed draws, removing the foam from the 'bee pod', getting rid of a number of glued holds that were not needed, working out the amazing crux section, and finally even extending the climb an additional 25 feet as there was good climbing to be had above the original anchor location.

This climb is a gift that keeps on giving and gets your attention right off the ground with a blind reach to a pocket/ ledge off of a bad left hand just as the angle kicks in. Dispatch this initial boulder problem and climb large pockets and tufa pinches to the base of the roof where you get a nice no hands rest just before launching into a crux feet first sequence that spans the entire roof and will leave an ear to ear grin on your face. Rest up briefly before attacking a relentless headwall on sloper crimps, awkward pinches, large cross moves, and high feet that will make you wish you hadn't ditched your yoga practice.

When it's all over soak in the view. You just climbed one of the best hard sport pitches in Southern Arizona and there isn't another climber in sight.


Straight out the Bee Cave.


12 fixed draws to lower-offs.

Photos of Honey Seeker Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Whole line.
Whole line.
Rock Climbing Photo: Toehookin'
Rock Climbing Photo: Heartbreaker move
Heartbreaker move
Rock Climbing Photo: The Setup
The Setup
Rock Climbing Photo: About to Crux
About to Crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Rest here.
Rest here.

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By JoeS
May 14, 2017

Impressive route! Great send Luke.
By 1Eric Rhicard
May 14, 2017

Nice going Luke! That is awesome!
By Angel Mangual
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
May 17, 2017

Congratulations on the Send!
By Joshua Rapp
May 31, 2017

Nice Luke! Sweet looking line.

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