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Bee Tree 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a PG13

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a PG13 [details]
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Submitted By: Sean Cobourn on Feb 8, 2009

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Nicole Hardenbergh on Bee Tree.


Fun face climb up left side of buttress. Crux is probably the starting 20 feet. Gear goes in "hole" feature and flake up high. Chain belay.


As you approach ceral buttress there is a step across move on the trail. Bee Tree ascends the left side of the buttress immediately in front of you. Born Again is the bolted line up the right side of the face.


One bolt (sometimes), limited gear up to #3 Camalot.

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BETA PHOTO: First trad lead on Bee Tree

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By Sean Cobourn
From: Gramling, SC
Feb 8, 2009

Easiest route in the area. Fun beginner route. The bolt has been removed a few times, but now that the tree branch is no longer there to sling, it will hopefully remain in place at the start.
By Austin Cooner
Jul 20, 2009

fun route for beginners, but be careful leading it... i found no protection between the first bolt and the hole. I ended up scrambling up to the hole from the left and protected it with a #4 before finishing the route
By Kevin Eaves
From: Greer, SC
Jun 7, 2011

sean, my friend and i tried bee tree a week ago and had to back off because didn't feel safe getting up to the hole. we would like to go back and bolt it all the way up and make it safer from the ground up. think it would be a great lead to practice on if protected a little better.
By Scott Gilliam
From: Raleigh, NC
Jun 11, 2011

Practice is an odd concept in traditional lead climbing. To practice leading gear/mixed routes, top rope, placing gear with the security of the rope above you and then evaluate your placements on the way back down (or have a friend evaluate your placements).

Otherwise, lead climb. Beginner-friendly leads are not practice routes. Leading easy routes is not practice. It is lead climbing. Leading is dangerous.

Perhaps this route is fun for beginners to TR (and therefore fun to put up for your friends), not to lead.
By Spencer Martel
From: fayetteville, wv
Sep 26, 2011

fun lead - super easy, a little heady if you let it get to you, but a great start into the lead game.
By PrestonSpratt Spratt
Apr 20, 2012
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Easy climb. If you have climbed for a while don't let the fact that it goes a ways between the bolt and the #4 hole without protection. If it is a concern, just walk up the slope on the left and place the protection before you ever start the climb. Nice view from the top. Not a good route to learn to lead trad as there is really nowhere to put pro.
By wpfister Pfister
Sep 25, 2014

For those concerned with the PG-13 rating, it is not terribly far from the bolt to the hole, and then 3-4 feet from the hole to the flake. There is not much protection, but not much is needed. It is a comfortable lead, and a great top rope for first time climbers.
By Trav W.
Dec 8, 2014

If you want a fun multipitch route, continue up for two more pitches to a a tree. It stays at 5.5 depending on the route you take above the first pitch. You can rappel to the ground from the top of the second pitch with a single 70m rope.
By Mitch Redford
Sep 4, 2017

This is a good route for a beginner, as long as they are comfortable with 5.5 moves. It can get a bit heady between that first bolt and the hole. Make sure you have a #3 cam so that you don't have to go all the way to the flake before you plug your second piece of gear. multiple spots for gear in the flakes near top. Fun climb over all.

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