Type: Trad, 820 ft (248 m), 6 pitches, Grade III
FA: Andrew M., Stephen F., James M.
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Shared By: Andrew McDowell on Mar 13, 2011
Admins: Ky Bishop, Steve Lineberry, Aaron Parlier

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This is an excellent plumb line route with pitch after pitch of high quality challenging face climbing. Note that it is nearly always dry so it is a good route to do in a wet winter when most of the other routes are wet. 

Warning: climbing at Laurel Knob is especially dangerous due to runouts, sometimes questionable anchors/protection, difficult route finding, rappel descents, and other factors. The information on this route posting is provided for informational purposes only to aid in community discussions and to aid in understanding where the route has been climbed before. Information provided may be inaccurate, incomplete, misleading, and/or highly subjective. Any person(s) attempting to climb this route or any others does so at their own risk and should not rely on any information in this posting. There is no implication by this posting that fixed anchors and removable protection locations, including those described, are safe or adequate to protect further ascents.

The 5.12 moves on p1 can be French-freed but there are mandatory free moves up to 5.11+. P1 has some critical but questionable gear placements (in some fairly soft rock and/or flared placements) and seemingly solid but somewhat concerning large hollow flake features on which one has to climb. Those dangers can potentially be mitigated to some extent by placing tons of gear in the questionable spots. There are long runouts on easier terrain and around up to around 5.10+ or 5.11- moves where, although not extremely runout, an injury in a fall like a busted ankle could certainly happen.

Some of the pitches including p1 were pinkpointed on the FFA.

Location Suggest change

50 feet right of the dead tree of forbidden fruit

Protection Suggest change

Double cams to #2 camalot, tricams, nuts, draws, long slings.