Avg: 1.8 from 13 votes
|Type:||Trad, 220 ft, 2 pitches|
|FA:||George Hurley & Charlie Fowler, '71|
|Page Views:||1,073 total · 5/month|
|Shared By:||George Bell on Sep 20, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
When closed, the closures include the named rock formations and the areas surrounding the base of the formation. This includes all climbing routes, outcroppings, cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes, and climber's access trails to the formation.
Areas not listed are presumed to be open. These closures will be lifted or extended as conditions dictate.
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P1 (100'): The crack with the tree does not reach the ground. Move right under an overhang to find a short, steep crack. Crank up this (5.7) and move up and left to reach the base of the crack with the tree. Follow this fun crack (5.6) past the tree, then traverse right to a small belay ledge about 30' beyond the tree.
One can also start below the crack, step over the overhang and up a steep face, but this is much more dangerous for the leader as there is no protection at all for the first 20' and it is probably at least 5.8 (the party behind us opted for this start). It is also possible to start even farther left, as for Bat Crack: climb up a knobby face, and about 20' up traverse straight right on a line of knobs to the base of the crack with the tree (no pro but only about 5.5).
A large number of slings and rappel rings indicate that rappelling off or toproping the first pitch from the tree is popular. This tree is not large and shows some wear from all of this.
P2 (120'): Move up, then traverse right into a dihedral at the left edge of a large roof band. Climb straight up this over the roof, then continue up and somewhat right to the top of the rock (5.8). The rock on this pitch is a bit grainy, and it may be easier if you go farther right than we did. Near the end of the pitch we did a scary step right into an undercling.