The East Ridge of Bear Creek Spire has long been on my list of 'to-do' climbs in the Sierra. There was so much that added to its intrigue and appeal, yet there was very little information around and no one seems to climb it even though it is a 'Sierra 100 Classic' and is right next to two other popular rock climbs of the Sierra (The N and NE Ridges). One can't help but notice this ridge when first seeing Bear Creek Spire. In profile it is quite the impressive sight, a long, sheer ridge, covered in dikes and capped by towers and gendarmes of many sizes.
Secor called the route IV, 5.8, A0, 22 pitches, but only had one vague paragraph describing the entire ridge. Talking with Michelle Peot I learned that the aid wasn't necessary, and that most of the ridge is moderate, so the 22 pitches length was likely conservative and without much soloing or simul-climbing accounted for. Still, I had trouble finding people interested in checking it out. The lack of certainty of a rack, topo, time to climb, or star quality rating turned a lot of people off to the idea.