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Routes in j. Scrotum Pole/Drive in Area

Arete I TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Arete II TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Can He Share? TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X
Cool Hand Luke T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Easy Rider T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Flying Buttman TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hustler, The T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Popcorn T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Sac's Fifth Avenue TR 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c X
Slap Shot TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c R
Up A Tree T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Type: TR, 40 ft
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Shared By: Taino Grosjean on Jan 19, 2007
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This route might, at first, seem soft; perhaps no harder than mild 5.7. However, once you get towards the top - and start on the slightly overhanging, slanted part of the arete - you'll see why it's actually fairly graded. If you duck off onto the easier face to the left at the top, you're only gypping yourself.


Climb the arete approximately 3 feet right of Easy Rider and 10 feet right of Up A Tree. 5.1 scramble to easier walk-off terrain, from the top.


Spicy lead, especially at the top (very sparse). Recommend TRing this one.

The pillar has 3 (three!) bolts WITHOUT rappel rings on top, and the bolts are well back from the edge. The top of the pillar is a 3' jump across a 40-50' drop, to get to the main rock to the left. You may end up rappelling from the tree, or counterweight rappelling. Thanks for the bolts, guys! -JSH


I'm sure Chad put his rope over the big limb up there and not pinched between the tree and the pillar. Jul 5, 2017
Rapped off the tree growing into the rock just fine (place rope above knot on limb).

As in you rapped directly off of the tree, rope on bark?

And it sounds like your rope was at least secure (you mention placing it over a knot on a limb) but from what I remember (it has been years) the tree growing into/around the rock moves with the wind and a gap can actually open with a strong enough wind. Jul 5, 2017
Chad Jones
Cramerton, NC
Chad Jones   Cramerton, NC
As noted in previous comments, there are three HANGERS, NO RINGS. Rappel from these are not recommend, as it can damage a rope. Rapped off the tree growing into the rock just fine (place rope above knot on limb). Regardless of the grade it is an "R" rating. Your last piece will be half way, falling beyond will put you on the ground. Maybe a talented belayer will lessen the impact by running, but be aware. Hands are pretty good up top, feet are okay. Jul 3, 2017
Washingtonville NY
H..   Washingtonville NY
i think you need to stay to the right in order for it to be 5.9. Cheating left in anyway makes it substantially easier. Jun 27, 2013
we basically straddled the arete the whole way and it felt like a pretty easy 5.8 at most. Jun 24, 2012
New York, NY
divnamite   New York, NY
It's actually 1 1/2 star. Sep 19, 2007