Bear Valley (Hells Kitchen)

 
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Northern California Bouldering, USA


Approach time: 1-5 minutes
Season: Spring Summer Fall
Number of problems: 50
Type of rock: Granite
Overview

Bear Valley is a hidden gem of granite boulders in a classic Sierra setting. Nestled in between Tahoe to the north and Sonora Pass and Yosemite to the south, it has a good mix of challenging, enjoyable problems as well as uncharted territory. The main area called Hellís Kitchen, is a roadside playground with over 100 problems from T(T = Toddler) and VB to V10. Every summer one of only a few outdoor bouldering competitions in America is held at Hellís Kitchen. The Bear Valley Boulder Bash is for all ages and abilities, from kids and beginners to pros, and has great prizes and a raffle/barbecue afterward. For more info go to www.bearvalley.com or www.adventuresportfestival.com

Notable Bouldering Problems

Hells Kitchen classics;
both V0*** cracks on the Roadside Boulder, Clam Jam V2*** (V3 sit), Lightning Crack V3*** (V4 sit), Grama V4*** (V7 sit), Hotter Than Hell V7/8***, #30 V0**** crack traverse, The Squirm V4*** (V5 sit), Scary Monster V3R**** (V4 sit), and just recently Noah Kaufman did the problem that used to be nicknamed the "west side project" and is now Gladiator V10****

Spicer classics;
The Spice Traverse V3/4****, Top Gear V3/4***, Summit Lake Rd Traverse V3/4**, Loaf Pincher V5/6**, Spice Crack V2/3**** low roof crack start or V1/2*** stand, Mega Man V6*** and Mega Man Direct V6/7***, Valhalla V7**** - - HIKE/or/BOAT IN: Gold Arete V5****, Lonely Island V4/5**, DWS Crack V0**** DWS or V0/1R/X and DWS Arete V1/2**** DWS or V2/3R/X (DWS when water is high - R/X when water is low or dried up and problems are higher and harder and riskier!!!)

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Rating # of Problems
V0 10
V1 10
V2 9
V3 5
V4 7
V5 1
V6 1
V7 2
V8+ 1
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