Avg: 3 from 360 votes
|Type:||Trad, 160 ft, 3 pitches|
|FA:||Hans Kraus, Roger Wolcott, Del Wilde, 1941|
|Page Views:||21,628 total · 148/month|
|Shared By:||Guy H. on Feb 21, 2006|
DescriptionThough it has some competition, this is the best 5.3 at the Gunks. It is the steepest 5.3 that I have ever been on! This area, the Mac wall, is another destination area, since there are a number of high quality routes nearby. One of the three old pine trees is now missing due to an ice storm in 2002.
The Three Pines access trail is about a 5-6 min. walk from the Uberfall, and a 1-2 min. walk from where the East Trapps Connector Trail meets the carriage road. The trail arrives just below MF.
Start below a corner system 30' left of the obvious crack of Something Interesting, at a short right-facing blocky corner with a small tree on a ledge at ~8'. Two huge pine trees can be seen above.
P1: Angle up and left into a left-facing dihedral. Follow this crack to a large ledge with a pine tree. 5.3, 60'.
(It is straightforward to combine P1 and P2 - just take care to keep your rope away from pine sap.)
P2: Continue up the right-facing dihedral with a large fat crack to your left. Finish on a large ledge with a bolt anchor. 5.3, 50'.
P3: Re-establish your belay about 30' to the right, below the next left-facing corner system. Climb the blocky left-facing dihedral above, using the "diving board". Step right (or straight up the short hand crack -- 5.6), then work up the face above. 5.3, 50'.
Descent: Walk back left to a big pine tree, and find a set of bolts; three rappels with one rope using bolt anchors.