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Merriam Peak, west face, Dr. Bear Love

California, Sierra Nevada

  • Climbs And Expeditions
  • Climb Year: 2012
  • Publication Year: 2013

In July 2012, Casey Zak and Luke Stefurak established a four-pitch route, Dr. Bear Love (800’, III 5.11a C1) on Merriam Peak, located in the Royce Lakes Basin outside of Pine Creek. The route climbs a clean crack system on the west aspect of the buttress, right of the two Croft-Rands routes established in 2011 [AAJ 2012]. Stefurak and Zak believe the route is potentially free-climbable at 5.12 or 5.13. More info at

Compiled from information by Luke Stefurak

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