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Emergency Snow Route 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Equipped and first lead, Dave Rone. First onsight, Jim Slichter.
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Submitted By: Dave Rone on Dec 27, 2006

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The route is slightly overhanging for the first 35', so you might get a wee bit of a pump. But the holds through the schist are real positive! The crux is some steep reachy moves above the schist, moving into and up left out of a shallow pod about half-way. The route has lots of fun moves on great holds, with excellent pro. The original 5.9 rating may be a little soft. The name comes from a massive snow storm on 6/9/95 that delayed it's creation for a few days!


Emergency Snow Route is the on the SE corner of Pine Tree Rock. It is the rightmost of the three routes on the south side.


9 bolts to a double-bolt lowering/rap anchor.

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By Todd Miller
From: MT
Jul 7, 2014

My guess is that the average 5.9 sport climber will find the upper part of this route to be somewhat challenging/exciting.
By Tim Robinson
From: Custer, SD
Aug 11, 2014
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Completely agree with above statement as I lead just past schist and had a mental breakdown. I then set up a toprope (may be a while before I am ready for the lead).
By Kathryn H
Mar 22, 2016

This route is definitely a little sandbagged. Not a safe route if you expect to take a whip. Fell at the crux before a bolt and decked my knees right into the lower juggy section. Ouch for days. But a fun route if you're confident on 5.9s.
By mike gibson
From: Rapid City, SD
Jun 23, 2016
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

According to the FA, this route has exfoliated a useful hold higher up in the pod that makes it a bit more awkward now, and I broke off a knob that helped with the left foot in the pod a couple years ago.

Edit (8-12-16): Another critical hold just broke off that was right below the pod making it even harder.
By Justin Compton
From: Lafayette, CO
Sep 6, 2016
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I never did the climb before the hold in the pod broke, but it's diffidently harder than 5.9+ now.
By Mitch P
Oct 11, 2016
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Just lead Emergency Snow Route on 10/9/16 compared to Evergreen just around the corner this is significantly harder, especially now that I know that there are a few holds missing near the crux. Be careful when finding the bolt (7th I believe) just after the crystals before the large horn, I missed that bolt and took a 20ft whipper because my feet were above it when I found it.

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