05 Sep

Castle Rock Cleanup

Which crag makes an ordinary climber feel like a rockstar with dozens of hikers ooh-ing and aah-ing? Castle Rock! The place to boost your climbing and outdoor ego by impressing hikers is also home to tons of trash unfortunately left by outdoor novices.

Join us Friday, Oct 11th at 3pm to help clean up this iconic location. Bear Climbing Co will provide the supplies and some epic prizes (including a new climbing rope!) – you just need to bring your hands and feet*.

*if you’re an offwidth specialist, your skills will be especially appreciated to clean out Starbucks cups and stuff from the deep crevices in the rock!

31 Mar

The Season Begins!

If you’re depressed about how weak the winter was – we have the anecdote for you: rock climbing! The temperatures are perfect right now for hitting the crags.

As an informal milestone for the start of the season, Van Dusen Canyon reopened last week (surprised they even closed it for this winter!). Here’s some photographic proof from 3/29:

Van Dusen Canyon 3/29/15

Additionally, Pat Brennan from Rim of the World Climbing Club, sent us some hand drawn beta for new crags in Big Bear (north and south). I’m going to make some copies and leave them at the store for reference. Talks of organizing a new guidebook are also in the air… we’ll see.

Hope you all had a decent winter and I look forward to seeing you on the rock!


03 Nov

Commit to The Pact

Climbing has grown at an astounding rate world-wide and also in Big Bear, but what we don’t want growing at an astounding rate are trashed and fouled environments. Listen to what some preeminent climbers have to say about committing to responsible climbing and join the Access Fund’s Pact.

Currently, climbing isn’t quite recognized as a sanctioned activity in Holcomb Valley – environmental impact reports and such would need to be conducted. Unless we keep it clean and don’t trash some of the endangered flora & fauna, climbing access could be denied in the future. Keep it clean and beautiful!

Commit to The Pact from Access Fund on Vimeo.

Commit Here

28 Oct

Castle Rock Clean-up, Episode 2

I have to say, this was the most fun cleaning up trash I’ve ever had. Shimmying through all the crevices to reach little ‘Easter Eggs’ of bottles, cans, and other debris was more or less like a game. It was also mostly successful. There were some areas beyond the reach of our trash grabbing tool, but I kind of look forward to returning and finding out a new way to gnab it.

Some highlights:

  • Sunglass lenses
  • Camera lens covers
  • iPhone case
  • A phone battery
  • Old, cool looking soda cans.


  • Broken Glass – This stuff is a pain in the arse to clean up. Plastic is probably worse for the environment, but at least it doesn’t fracture as much and is easier to remove!

Here’s some before and after pics:

Castle Rock Crevice Trash

Castle Rock Crevice - Cleaned

Trash filled crevice in Castle Rock Castle Rock Crevice, Cleaner


Next summer I think I’ll dive in there and go for all the small things. Until then, I’m crossing my fingers for the first dusting of snow this Saturday! Woo!

Lastly, I wanted to thank my friend from Myanmar, Mun, for coming along and being a good sport as I made him rappel off the rock for his first time.

Mun Pan Aung Dumphua


21 Oct

Castle Rock Clean-up, Episode 1

Last week my father and I woke up before the sun to hike and pick up trash around Castle Rock. If haven’t climbed there, you oughta check it out! It’s one of the most popular hikes in Big Bear and for a reason – the view from the top is absolutely spectacular.

view from castle rock

Being such a popular trail, don’t be surprised if a bunch of folks stare at you and your climbing gear as if you’re a superhero. For a number of people, it’s the first time they’ve ever seen a real-life rock climber! This morning, however, we had trash bags and trash picker tools.

Venti sized litterbug, please!

Venti sized litterbug, please!

The goal was to clean the trail all the way to the top, but we barely made it halfway because of all the debris. Out of the two trash bags we filled, some highlights include:

  • Baby Diaper (soiled, of course)
  • Starbucks Cups
  • A protractor for geometry?!?
  • Towels
  • Windshield wiper blade
All this from only the first half of the trail!

All this from only the first half of the trail!




This week, we hope to clean up the second half. If you like off-width chimney climbing, let me know! It will be a fun challenge trying to clear out all the trash-filled crevices at the top of Castle Rock!

Anybody like shimmying into these?!

Anyone like shimmying into these?!

Even though it’s always a bummer to see so much trash on a trail like this, I try to remember that for a number of people, this hike may be one of their first few times out in nature. Hopefully it made an impression, grew their appreciation for nature a little more, and next time they’ll take their Venti Frappuccino to the trash can.

07 Jul

Holcomb Valley – July 4th Weekend

26 Jun

FiveTen Shoes Arrived!

We have a few sets of FiveTen Shoes in!


  • Rogue VCS
  • Sizes: 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5


  • Rogue Lace
  • Sizes: 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5

If your size or desired model isn’t one of these, let us know! We can order it, you can support local business, and shipping only takes a day or two! Email us at spencer@bearclimbing.com or give us a ring at 909-547-5449.

Five-Ten-Rogue-VCS-Shoe-660-300x200 Shoes Small five-ten-rogue-lace-up

12 Jun

Climbing Shoes? 5.10/Adidas

Hi all!

This is Spencer with the (temporarily) gimp ankles! Last week we had some more people swing by the store including a sales rep for 5.10 shoes! Although 5.10 is now owned by Adidas, they still are pretty awesome and are located just down the hill in Redlands, CA.

If things work out, we may start carrying a line or two of 5.10 shoes in the next month or so. Which model(s) do you think we should stock?


31 May

Holcomb Valley 5/27

26 May

Demo Days 2014

We had a great time over Memorial Weekend at North Shore Trading Company‘s Demo Days. We arranged a climbing wall in the back and had some young climbers crushing it (in flip-flops!)!

Bear Climbing Company Climbing Wall

Additionally, we’re looking into distributing ropes and shoes. Lastly, climbing instruction is something we may be able to provide soon. Stay tuned!