Rich Bechler Memorial Route
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Jon J. stems while negotiating the upper cruxy sec...
This one is in memory of Rich Bechler RIP.
This is a completely ignored and recently un-earthed little gem. I lowered down it and was moved to clean alot of lichen, moss, plants, and dirt from some of it's ledges and cracks. I am quite sure this climb has been never touched but I am not absolutely sure so chime in if need be.
The crux is at 3\4 height where the is a mild run out and you climb into the little top corner. The holds are somewhat down sloping and in-obvious here so move quickly. The lower moves are tricky and a bit off balance moving up the crack if the climber stays right of the crack and slighty easier and more secure if the climber works up the left side of the crack utilizing a few side pulls off the arete on the left. There are a couple of neat pistol grip holds on this climb.
Climb takes the neat set of cracks and edges up the little buttress that makes up the most left portion of the Lost Face formation
It's been oficially led by me and that isn't saying much but I found it to be quite fun and well protected. Good pro in the size from small cams and wires up to medium size cams and wires and Tri-cams. The climb ledges out at the 1/2 height of the Lost Face and an anchor can easily be built here with slings around the tree base and larger cams in the cracks that make up the under-side of the blocks here. The other option for TR set-up is to rap from the top of LF or 4th class down the gully between LF and Whipping Boy formation.
BETA PHOTO: Rich Bechler Memorial Route. 5.10a/b found at the ...
By Doug Hemken
Jul 25, 2013
A scrappy route, a diamond in the rough.