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Pete's Tree

5.5, Trad, TR, 45 ft,  Avg: 2.9 from 84 votes
FA: unknown
New Hampshire > Pawtuckaway > Lower Slabs

Description

The obvious line on this section of the cliff, the crack system between the Flake Route and The Dike. It starts on the right-angling hand crack (a few face moves are more fun.) Climb up to a comfortable rest with a vertical seam leading to the left-angling finger-crack system. The crux is getting into the second crack system, but it is easily protected with a medium nut or TCU. Find the good feet on the face and finger locks. The route is classic except for the last 5 feet which are just a little akward.

Location

On the lower slabs between the Flake Route (5.5) and The Dike (5.8). Start at the right-angling hand crack.

Protection

Small/medium nuts (up to #9 or #10) and cams up to thin hands. I find TCUs work better on the upper section. The route is easily toproped from trees about 5-10 feet back from the top.

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Ollie on Pete's Tree in early April
[Hide Photo] Ollie on Pete's Tree in early April
The start of Peet's Tree.
[Hide Photo] The start of Peet's Tree.
Andy heading up Pete's Tree.
[Hide Photo] Andy heading up Pete's Tree.
One more of Ollie
[Hide Photo] One more of Ollie
Good #1 TCU placement here
[Hide Photo] Good #1 TCU placement here
Me jamming the awesome upper crack on my first trad lead
[Hide Photo] Me jamming the awesome upper crack on my first trad lead
Sam climbing the cruxy part of Pete's Tree.
[Hide Photo] Sam climbing the cruxy part of Pete's Tree.
Jimmy Jazz Hanging out befor the exit
[Hide Photo] Jimmy Jazz Hanging out befor the exit
The cracks of Pete's Tree.
[Hide Photo] The cracks of Pete's Tree.

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lee hansche
goffstown, nh
 
[Hide Comment] I thought Pete's Tree was 5.5, RC.com says 5.4.... Whatever the grade, it's very fun and worthwhile.... A great route for beginner trad climbers.... Apr 20, 2007
BrianWinslow
Concord, NH
  5.5
[Hide Comment] yeah you're probably right, I'm generally not good with grades and have done quite a few laps on this one so it's pretty hard for me to say. Apr 21, 2007
Chris Silk
Hooksett
  5.4
[Hide Comment] Yeah its a 5.4... and a fun climb Jul 20, 2007
Patrick Feeney
hartland vt
[Hide Comment] i am looking at doing the slabs at some point this year,I have a full rack of nuts and then i have a small set of Wild Country Friends.will friends work on this climb May 5, 2011
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
 
[Hide Comment] yeah dude.... you are good to go... May 5, 2011
[Hide Comment] Easily 5.5 Jun 2, 2013
Chris Lumens
Merrimack, NH
 
[Hide Comment] It might be a good idea to carry one giant cam for the very top. I shoved a #4 BD in the big vertical crack right before the last move, though a #5 would be fine too. Otherwise, small stuff. Jun 20, 2013
[Hide Comment] Excellent, near perfect route to learn trad climbing on. Plenty of spots for nuts or cams.

Setup top rope on two trees above, climb on top rope while setting nuts or cams. Once comfortable with that, and ready to commit to an actual trad climb, you can remove the equalization piece of your top rope anchor leaving two 'biners hanging off to simulate two anchors on a sport/trad climb.
Trad climb up to them, create your anchor system, then you can even practice belaying a second up to you and rappel down.

Only thing you can't really practice is changing belay/leader unless you just do it on the ground. Jun 12, 2018