Type: Trad, TR
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Jun 5, 2002
Admins: Burton Lindquist, Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, chris tregge

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The Pine Tree Dihedral is an easily protected route that is excellent for novice trad leaders. The route follows the inside corner that sits below the teenaged pine tree growing out of the rock near the top of the wall. Climb this route by jamming the crack of the dihedral up to the overhanging block midway up the wall. Proceed to the right of the overhanging block and continue up the dihedral, passing the tree on your left. Duck under the tree branches and follow the inside corner to the top of the wall.


For leading use a standard rack
For leading, it likes big stuff. Cams 2" and up, #10 and #11 Hexentrics. However, there is a good placement in the small roof for small cams. Fun crack. Jun 2, 2002
Somehow the crux on this route has been underestimated. The crux to overcome the overhung boulder requires a hang jam (just underneath the boulder), a smearing footwork on the right face, and then a powerful pull-up in order to reach either a not-so-good hold on the left or into a groove (far and bad one) on the right. For a beginner's leading? I'm not sure. May 24, 2009
Agreed, mantle move isn't for the beginning leader. Unless you want to sandbag them! Sep 8, 2010
Tom Lausch
Madison WI
Tom Lausch   Madison WI
Make sure to clip the #1 Bd that someone got stuck in the crack on the right about half way up. Free pro! But good luck getting it out without ruining it. Might as well leave it in my opinion. Great climb though Aug 19, 2012
Madison, WIsconsin
Gokul   Madison, WIsconsin  
There are now two fixed #1s, right next to each other, on this route!

Found an alternate way up past the insecure crux mantle last week. From the inside corner where you pull the mantle, step right onto the arete and go up there. May 1, 2013
Joe "Big Boi" Osterman
Portland, OR
Joe "Big Boi" Osterman   Portland, OR
Pulling onto the ledge just right of the roof felt more difficult than 5.5, my finance was seconding and she traversed over to the arete and said that felt more like 5.5. Definitely fun! Jun 18, 2013
Jeff VS  
There is a very nice "hero" variation at the crux (we call it the "cheese danse"). When you are tucked under the big crux roof, instead of manteling to the ledge on the right, reach up on the face above the roof until you find the nice finger ledge with your left hand. The real "hero" looking move is to then match both hands on the little ledge and let go with the feet and just hang in mid air. Do a pull-up on the little ledge and use the little bulge on the edge of the over-hang for your right foot. This is only about a 5.7 move and that mostly for commitment to letting go with everything else. It isn't too hard but it looks really cool! May 28, 2014
Dylan B.  
I reslung the fixed #1 Camalot with new cordalette yesterday. Should be good for the rest of the summer, anyhow. Jun 9, 2014
Ted Pinson
Chicago, IL
Ted Pinson   Chicago, IL
I think this route has my vote for the most sandbagged 5.5 at the Lake (and therefore: anywhere?). At no point did it feel like 5.5 (even by DL standards), and the roof pull/mantle was harder than any 5.6 (and most 5.7s) I've done. Recommending this as a first lead is just plain cruel, even if the pro is solid and the climbing fun. May 30, 2017