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Tree Route

5.5, Trad, 165 ft, 2 pitches,  Avg: 2.2 from 19 votes
FA: unknown
Oklahoma > Wichita Mountai… > Charon's Gardens > Elk Slabs
Access Issue: This area is designated as Charon Details
Access Issue: Access is always an issue here. Details

Description

Tree Route goes up the gulley right of Nike Route. First 5.5 pitch ends at a tree a little less than half way up the route. Second 5.5 pitch ends at a 2-bolt anchor. A good route for new leaders.

Rappel the route with two ropes, or possibly do a 3rd class walk off. It is also possible to scramble/climb (exposed) left then down to the anchor for Nike route to rappel.

Location

Route farthest right on Elk Slabs, other than the 5.5X solo route called 'Right Face'. Tree Route goes up the gulley right of Nike Route.

Protection

Assortment of trad gear. Camalot #4 and smaller.

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Heading up Tree Route
[Hide Photo] Heading up Tree Route
Climber at first pitch's 5.5 section.
[Hide Photo] Climber at first pitch's 5.5 section.
5.5 crux on second pitch.
[Hide Photo] 5.5 crux on second pitch.
From 20' below the base of Tree Route.  5.5 section can be seen below the tree.  First belay is at the tree.  Dihedral Route can be seen on far left. Nike Route goes up the center slab.
[Hide Photo] From 20' below the base of Tree Route. 5.5 section can be seen below the tree. First belay is at the tree. Dihedral Route can be seen on far left. Nike Route goes up the center slab.

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Chris Walden
Soldotna, Alaska
  5.5
[Hide Comment] This was actually a fun little route. I know many people do Great Expectations for beginning lead practice but IMHO this is slightly easier, the moves and gear placements are more varied and you can legit two pitch this route. Oct 12, 2015
Michael Parker
Bozeman, MT
  5.5
[Hide Comment] It is possible to do this in 1 pitch with a 70m rope but I only had about 5-10 ft left when I got to the anchors. You can then do 2 rappels to get back down. May 22, 2017
[Hide Comment] The belay tree appears to have been hit by lightning. The top half of the tree has tumbled down the slab and is hung up in the small tree just below. The remaining trunk of the original tree seemed sturdy, but I'm not sure how long it has been dead. Proceed with caution if you choose to rap from the old tree. As stated in a previous comment, you can climb the entire route in a single pitch with a 70 m rope and rap down with two ropes. Alternatively, I think you could rap to the lower tree from the anchors of the second pitch with a 70 and continue rapping down from there. Although I've never tried it. If you choose the second option plan on bringing some webbing and rap rings. The top half of the old tree will need to be broken up and removed if this becomes the regular rap station. Jan 7, 2018
Neil Enis
Broken Arrow, OK
[Hide Comment] Single 70m rope from 2nd pitch anchors will not reach the lower living tree. Rapped from anchors to dead tree, then very cautiously from dead tree only as far as the lower live tree because the dead tree trunk is definitely sketchy; wouldn't do it again. Third rap from the live tree to the bottom was fine. Dec 28, 2018