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The BBB route 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
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Submitted By: burlap submariner on Sep 15, 2012

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BBB Route from the base


Locate a bolt about twenty feet up, strategically placed below the beginning of a thin seam. The climbing here is solid 9- but requires a cool head. There is a piton just right of the climbing at head height from the ground but it would do very little for you if you fell above it trying to clip the bolt. After clipping the first bolt, thin fingers lead to a boulder problem crux and a marginal rest on a sloping ledge. From here you can escape left at 8+ or plug gear in a horizontal, step up to a lone bolt and launch into a pumpy thin fight to the chains.


when walking up the approach trail the first very obvious line when you reach the cliff.


two bolts, wires, cams from yellow alien to #3 BD.

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By Matt Desenberg
From: North Berwick, ME
Nov 22, 2012
rating: 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a

This is a fun climb with good pro once you reach the bolt. The bolt protecting the optional .11 finish (which is the way to go, btw) may be in need of replacing.
By Jay Morse
From: Hooksett, New Hampshire
Dec 12, 2015

I absolutely loved the moves on this route. The crack and above is a blast. Definitely finish the actual route and don't bail left to the finish of Desperation - there's more quality and tricky climbing up there. The sequence up to the anchors is fantastic and not obvious.

Be confident on 5.9 face climbing or don't lead this. The first 20' of climbing is trickier than it looks and a fall would not be good. I appreciate that the setters seem to make an effort limiting metal at this cliff, and that this is a "trad" route, but it seems to me that an additional bolt 12' up or so would be nice and could prevent an unnecessary accident.
By Eli
From: Lives in a truck
Mar 14, 2016

I'd agree that the bolt protecting the direct finish needs to be replaced. For now there is a bomber fixed nut directly above the first bolt. It is small enough to not effect the hold, though it is definitely safe to clip.
By Rich Brereton
From: Durham, NH
Mar 30, 2016
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

To do that first 20' without running it out, you could warm up on Desperation, then while lowering hang a draw on BBB's first bolt and clip it to your line. Pull your line and voila.

What does BBB stand for, anyway?
By Matt Desenberg
From: North Berwick, ME
Apr 2, 2016
rating: 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a

The route now has three new bolts. Hopefully it is now a safer lead.

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