2. Giving Tree Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Giving Tree + Dragon from SW overview of routes: L...
A large mature tree with some rocks and boulders around it. The obvious loose boulder to the left is called the Left Flat Iron. To the left of that is the El Cap cliff sector. High above is the Monkey Boat boulder, and above around that is the Monkey Bar sector. The ridge to its right is the left side of the Dragon sector.
The big Giving Tree's "own" cliff sector is centered on the big roof above, seen between the Monkey Boat boulder and ridge of the Dragon's Spine.
Variety of slab, face, and roof climbs. Key drawback is that the base is rather steep and slippery.
Top-Roping: The obvious way to get access to the top to make an anchor is to scramble up to the Monkey Bar boulder, then up around the left (west) end of the Monkey Bar wall. Then east across the top of Monkey Bar, finally down to the top of Giving Tree.
But perhaps easier to start way right (east), even past the whole Dragon slab, then scramble up around the left side of the Beard boulder, then across the top of The Nose and Dragon sectors, finally down to the top of Giving Tree sector.
If belaying from the bottom, makes sense to find and use a less-steep platform well below the start of the actual climbing route.
It's out in the low east beyond Puzzle Palace
. About 230 ft / 70 meters Right (East) from the Puzzle Palace wall
, and 150 ft / 35 meters Left (NW) from the Beard
double-boulder. So it's easy to reach.
From the main Powerlinez trailhead on Torne Brook Rd (GPS latitude longitude approx N41.14227 W74.16227), walk the main gentle dirt road 0.25 mile / 400 meters (past the turnoff for Tower Wall and Basilisk) farther North toward the electric power substation to a junction at (N41.1462 W74.1619). At this junction turn sharp Left and walk SouthWest gentle up another dirt road about 160 ft / 50 meters. Here turn Right off the road and bushwhack uphill NorthWest about 160 feet / 50 meters to the base of the Jersey Volunteers
slab. Then turn Left and walk 330 feet / 100 meters horizontally parallel to the base of the cliffs, passing the Beard
and then the Dragon slab
along the way to reach the large mature tree.
The Giving Tree could also be reached by traversing NorthEast along the base of the cliffs from Puzzle Palace
, but this requires crawling under or around a large fallen tree).
Climbing Season For the Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Valley) area.
Weather station 2.1 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Getting to the top of the roof without going up through its middle. Thoughtful sequence, but moves not as much fun as some other routes nearby.Start left of the crack, uphill where the big roof is closer to the ground. Get above the roof. Step right to the crack. Up a little then exit right to the rounded corner.warning: Loose rock is still a concern here. Belayer or other members of party should not stand anywhere near underneath the climber. . . . (Lots of vegetation on this rock as of ...[more] Browse More Classics in New York
BETA PHOTO: El Cap and Left Flat Iron from SE: G. Left Flat Ir...
BETA PHOTO: boulders East / Left of the Giving Tree
BETA PHOTO: the tree of Giving Tree sector