Type: Trad, 650 ft (197 m), 6 pitches, Grade III
FA: B. Ingle, E. Dixon
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Shared By: e Dixon on Aug 28, 2019
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Description

The Pine Line is a fun moderate route that climbs a series of features left of the Nuggernaut. There is a mix of gear and some bolts. The hardware was camouflaged, so some bolts may be hard to spot. All belays are at good ledges with bolted anchors and incredible views. The rock quality is overall good and will clean up more with traffic. This is a great multi-pitch outing in a beautiful setting with a nice alpine feel.

P1 - climb past some horizontal cracks, clip a bolt, and continue into the alcove. Clip another bolt, and climb out the left side of the alcove up to a short, steep finger crack. Pull a bulge atop the finger crack, clip a bolt, and continue up to a steep, juggy corner that finishes at a bolted anchor at a large terrace (5.9, 100').

P2 - move the belay across the large terrace to behind a tree at a belay bolt. Climb up the groove/weakness past three bolts to a leftward slanting feature. Move up and left past two more bolts to a bolted anchor at a good ledge (5.7, 100').

P3 - climb straight up from the belay to a bolt. Continue up and left up a good flake/crack to a bushy ledge. Move up and right to a groove, clip a couple bolts, pass a rap station, and climb the slanting finger crack up to a bolted anchor at the next good ledge (5.8, 130').

P4 - move out right from the belay, clip a bolt, and climb up the shallow right-facing corner feature. When the feature ends, clip a bolt, and face climb up to a bolted anchor at a good ledge (5.7, 75').

P5 - move the belay 25' to the right on a great sidewalk ledge to a good stance and a belay off hand-size cams. Climb a series of blocky corners and face past three bolts to a small tree. Continue up and left past one more bolt to a bolted anchor at a good ledge (5.7, 110').

P6 - climb up and left from the belay, clip a bolt and pull a juggy overhang. Continue up and left past two more bolts to a steep corner. Follow the steep and juggy corner past three more bolts to a bolted anchor at the upper terrace (5.8, 115').

From the upper terrace there are several options:

1. Rappel the route with a single 70m rope (see the topo).

2. Climb the $$$ pitch of Da Cherry on Top (5.9+).

3. Climb the headwall crack (5.7).

4. Climb the bolted face right of the headwall crack (directly under the Nuggernaut rappel line).

If continuing to the top of the formation, use the standard rappel line (as for Nuggernaut) to get down to the base. This can be done with a single 70m rope from bolted stations.

Location

Follow the standard approach for Tradistan Tower that leads to the base of the Nuggernaut. Continue downhill along the base (climber's left) about 100', and look for the obvious alcove of pitch 1. It is about 1.25 miles down the Pine River Trail and another 0.75 miles up to the base of the tower, 2 miles and 1100' vertical total, expect 1-1.5 hours.

Protection

A single set of cams #0.3 - 3, 10 alpine draws, and a 70m rope.

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