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Routes in Pine Tree Rock

Ate One Today S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Bruiser S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Emergency Snow Route S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Evergreen S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Summer School S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Type: Sport, 65 ft
FA: Equipped and first lead, Dave Rone. First onsight, Jim Slichter.
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Shared By: Dave Rone on Dec 27, 2006
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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The route is slightly overhanging for the first 35', so you might get a wee bit of a pump. But the holds through the schist are real positive! The crux is some steep reachy moves above the schist, moving into and up left out of a shallow pod about half-way. The route has lots of fun moves on great holds, with excellent pro. The original 5.9 rating may be a little soft. The name comes from a massive snow storm on 6/9/95 that delayed it's creation for a few days!


Emergency Snow Route is the on the SE corner of Pine Tree Rock. It is the rightmost of the three routes on the south side.


9 bolts to a double-bolt lowering/rap anchor.


Mitch P
Mitch P  
Just lead Emergency Snow Route on 10/9/16 compared to Evergreen just around the corner this is significantly harder, especially now that I know that there are a few holds missing near the crux. Be careful when finding the bolt (7th I believe) just after the crystals before the large horn, I missed that bolt and took a 20ft whipper because my feet were above it when I found it. Oct 11, 2016
Justin Compton
Lafayette, CO
Justin Compton   Lafayette, CO
I never did the climb before the hold in the pod broke, but it's diffidently harder than 5.9+ now. Sep 6, 2016
mike gibson
Rapid City, SD
mike gibson   Rapid City, SD
According to the FA, this route has exfoliated a useful hold higher up in the pod that makes it a bit more awkward now, and I broke off a knob that helped with the left foot in the pod a couple years ago.

Edit (8-12-16): Another critical hold just broke off that was right below the pod making it even harder. Jun 23, 2016
This route is definitely a little sandbagged. Not a safe route if you expect to take a whip. Fell at the crux before a bolt and decked my knees right into the lower juggy section. Ouch for days. But a fun route if you're confident on 5.9s. Mar 22, 2016
Tim Robinson
Custer, SD
Tim Robinson   Custer, SD
Completely agree with above statement as I lead just past schist and had a mental breakdown. I then set up a toprope (may be a while before I am ready for the lead). Aug 11, 2014
Todd Miller   MT
My guess is that the average 5.9 sport climber will find the upper part of this route to be somewhat challenging/exciting. Jul 7, 2014