This is the first time I have read such an in-depth description of climbing this route. My friends and I climbed hard from 1988 into the 2000’s but seldom climb now (except for an occasional 5.6 route on Table Rock’s east face). We did Bumblbee though a bunch of times and this is a great depiction of the route. Jon is quite right about not trying to go right at the overhang starting pitch two. It is just a nice stem to get a hold up and left and pull over the overhang and up to the belay ledge. It is also easiest to move right on the next pitch and take on the “bulge” there. It is a little dicey and the pro is marginal to protect the move but it is very doable and all of 5.8. Just an absolutely great trad climb with great exposure. Oh, for those that don’t want to climb, that hike to the base of Bumblebee and all way past it down to the Ampithetre (the Mummy/Daddy area) up the gully, and then hike along the top edge of the North Carolina Wall back to the ridge trail is totally awesome. It is quite physical and requires several hours to do but what views and really gives the hiker a great appreciation for the Gorge itself. Either the climb, hike or both is a must do. Great job Jon.
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