Bear Crag

Climbs 48 – Rocktype Volcanic tuff – Altitude 2351m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
This is a great crag which combines the style of climbing found at Owens River Gorge with the more column based climbing at, say, Frenchman's Coulée. Don't be put off by the left hand end of the crag (the first bit you get to), the crag just gets better and better - and bigger - the further you go. A 60m rope will probably do you, but a 70m removes any doubt... Take about 15 quickdraws - a quick look at the guide will tell you the maximum is 13, but it's nice to have a few extra to extend some on the longer pitches. Although the guide book says somewhere that the grades are similar to Owens, I found them to be about a letter grade harder.

The absence of stars on routes doesn't imply lack of quality, it simply means I haven't climbed them. Star ratings from 1 - 5 are in the guide.

Approach notes
From Mammoth, go over Minaret Summit to Reds Meadows. This requires an early start to beat the shuttle bus service in the summer - cars are banned after 7:00am or take the bus. After about mid September this no longer applies. From the parking follow the guidebook description. NOTE: The area was subject to a fire in the early 90s and there are still many burnt and rotting trees standing. These fall in windy weather and apart from being dangerous, change the footpath. At the time of writing (Oct 09), the small path joining the footpath to the stock trail starts 50m past the large boulder and not just left of it. After Boundary Creek the Crag Trail branches off left 100m after the creek and not 30 feet. This may well change this winter...

Mammoth Area Rock Climbs

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2Arete Already5.10c * 
4Little Walt5.11a  
6White Lightning5.12a  
7White African5.11c  
8Project 1Project  
9Smoked Cake5.11a  
10Serpico5.12a 1
11Texas Chainsaw Massacre5.12b  
14Regurgitator5.11b **1
15Stairway to Heaven5.10a * 
17Reanimator5.11d 1
19Tombstone - open projectProject  
20To the Grave5.12d  
21Brain Dead5.13b  
22Tales from the Crypt5.12c  
24Project 25.1  
25Barely Canadian5.11c * 
27Idiot Savant5.12c  
29I Fly5.13c  
30Tension Tamer5.13a  
31Grain Tamer5.12c  
32Project 3Project  
33Project 4Project  
35Cone of Silence5.12a  
36Cable Guy5.11d *** 
37Cupcake5.11c ** 
38Garden Route5.11c *** 
39Right Again5.10d *** 
40Hamster Style5.11b *** 
41Variation5.11b ** 
43Mercy Buckets5.12a ** 
44Flamed Thrower5.12a  
45Flying Circus5.12c  
46Chicks Dig It5.11a *** 
47Project 55.1  
48Ashes to Ashes5.11d  
49Holy Smoke5.11c  
50Friendly Fire5.11b *** 
51Easy Rider5.11c  
52Stepping Stone5.11d  
53Project 6Project  
54Jagged Sky5.12a  
56Horizon X5.11c  
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