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The Railroad Amphitheater is a terrific climbing spot with easy access and fairly long, interesting routes. The north wall of the Amphitheater is overhanging and includes challenging routes like Catenary Crack, Cop-Out, Cop Ripper, and Jack the Ripper. The south wall includes Pine Tree Step-Across and Pine Tree Dihedral, both long, fun routes. Railroad Amphitheater is also home to Lumby Ridge, a series of climbs on the southeast ridge of the formation.
To get to the Railroad Amphitheater walk north along the railroad tracks from the South Shore parking lot. About 150 feet past the electric fence you will see the Amphitheater, sitting just off the tracks. Top-rope setup access can be found by going around either the north side or the south side of the formation.
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Pine Tree Dihedral 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Pine Tree Step-Across 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad, TR
The Pillar 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Railroad Offwidth (aka Birch Tree Dihedral) 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Snedegar's Nose 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Tang Shwang 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Catenary Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Jack the Ripper 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Cop-Out 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
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Pine Tree Step-Across 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Railroad Amphitheater
The Pine Tree Step-Across is more a mental challenge than a physical one. The climb is located just left of the inside corner that leads up to the sizeable pine tree growing out of the rock near the top of the wall. Climb up this face until you reach a large overhaning block just left of the pine tree. Surmount the block using a mantel. Once on the block lean into the blank face and step across the abyss to a small landing pad for your foot. While stepping reach with your left hand for a hi...[more] Browse More Classics in WI
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