Type: Trad, 300 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Mike Hartrich, Joe Cote 1975
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Shared By: Robert Hall on Oct 8, 2014
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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We "found" P1 of this route and cleaned it in 2014. The climb, I would assume, was named for the tiny pine tree at the end of pitch 1...a tree that was JUST AS TINY IN 1975! A US Forest Ranger confirmed that given the lack of nutrients, it is entirely possible that this is the same tree today, and it may well be more than 50 years old! (Same goes for the Crazy Woman Driver tree) PLEASE RESPECT THE TREE !

Approach - This climb starts on sort of a "Sub-Slab" of the Perfect Wave Slab. This slab starts just beyond, and below the level of the dirt ledge of the approach to "Tsunami Ledge". At present three climbs start on this sub-slab: Bonsai, Super Slab and Friday's Friend. See the TOPO of the "Bonsai Slab". (Petroglyph is further right.)

The easiest way to get to the base of this "Sub-Slab" is: From where the climber's path reaches the slab, move right along the base 25-35 ft (same as if going to Tsunami) but before going uphill cut right and contour around to the right 100 +/- ft to the base of the slab.

Bonsai - P1 - This pitch can be TR'd from the bolted anchor of Super Slab / Crazy Woman Driver with a 70m rope (but not a 60m !!) and a directional though the piton near the Bonzai Tree and a 2nd directional (#2 gold Camalot) behind the white flake. The anchor can be  reached by a 5.2-5.3 scramble from "Tsunami Ledge".

START- About in the center of the sub-slab is sort of a mini-buttress formed by a shallow corner that curves left, and another above that curves right. (Photo, see also the Topo). [NOTE: Someone has placed a 3-inch square piece of granite emblazoned with "Bonsai" in the crack at the START.]

 START P1 in the left corner, step right onto the "buttress", climb left of a rotten, curving flake (no gear here!) and continue up the face (crux, maybe not as hard as 5.9-, but is certainly R/X) finally reaching some smooth (read: "slippery") white rock at the first protection: a flake-crack that curves up and left. Now the pro comes in overabundance (large cams in solution holes) and a step left and easy climbing to the F.A. belay about 4-5 ft left of the "Bonsai Tree". (Piton in flake). About 80-90 ft call it 5.8+ to 5.9- R/X

[Note 1: Most climbers would elect to continue up and left (on the line of Crazy Woman Driver's P1) to the Super Slab/Crazy Woman Driver/V2 belay and forgo the lower-rated P2 and P3 of Bonsai.

P2 - Climb up and slightly right to the tree island above. 80 +/- ft 5.3-5.4 P1 & P2 can be combined, but please avoid the rope running on the "Bonsai Tree" by clipping the pin.

P3 - Move to the right end of the tree island, make a step up on quartzite-type rock, then up the clean slab above 5.5 ( 5.4-5.3 R/X) 100 ft to a double bolt anchor slightly left, or 130 ft to the trees.

Descent - From the double bolt anchor at the top of the climb, Rap with 2 60Meter ropes to the ground BEING SURE TO GO TO CLIMBER'S/RAPELLER'S RIGHT (viewer's /rope-thrower's LEFT) OF THE TREE ISLAND.

Alternately, traverse 150-200 ft left across the slab to the Silver Surfer Rap Station and make three single-rope raps.


Normal rack, top of pitch 1 has placements for two # 3 (blue) Camalots, but most climbers probably only need to use the higher of the two placements (after the step left)