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, 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.


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
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
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
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
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
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