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YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Dick Bonker and George Lewis 1956
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Submitted By: Adam Catalano on Mar 29, 2006

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Sending the lady up after a lead


Start about 20' right of Laurel at a crack behind a tree stump. Climb the hand to fist crack (and even larger crack climbing) with many ledges on either side.


Right of two prominent cracks just left of the Uberfall.


Standard Gunks rack, including one or two 3"-4" cams. Bolt anchors on top, can be accessed by the 5.0 chimney to the left of Laurel.

Photos of Rhododendron Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Katie Lung rapping down on Rhododendron.
Katie Lung rapping down on Rhododendron.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rhododendron crack.
Rhododendron crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: Great layback moves on this one
Great layback moves on this one
Rock Climbing Photo: Rhododendron on TR
Rhododendron on TR
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from the top of Rhododendron.
The view from the top of Rhododendron.
Rock Climbing Photo: me workn up the fantastic lieback section
me workn up the fantastic lieback section
Rock Climbing Photo: The feel-good climb of the year: Rhododendron.
The feel-good climb of the year: Rhododendron.
Rock Climbing Photo: Right crack
BETA PHOTO: Right crack

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By Joe M
From: Beckley, wv
Sep 2, 2007
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a very fun route, but very busy. Get on it very early or very late in the day or plan to wait a long time for it. A top rope can be easily set up from Dirty Chimney about 20' to the left.
By Jason Antin
From: Golden, CO
Aug 10, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

This route is a classic for it's features, accessibility, location and quality. I will climb this on almost every Gunks visit on the way back to the parking lot.
By doligo
Jun 6, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Finally got on it (I never even top-roped it before!). What a great little route - finger, hand and foot jams all the way up. Not sure you need big cams though, I think it adequately protects with up to #1 or #2 camalots.
By Mike McLean
Aug 12, 2010

Not sure I agree with the 'no need for big cams' comment ... of course, I put in too much compared to others (I saw some guides put in only 2 pieces).

If you're like me (chicken shit and n00b), I used both a #3 and a #2 and could have used both my #3's.

Didn't feel like 5.6 at all though (felt more like a 5). Loads of foot holds and rests. I cruised up without much hesitation.
By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
Oct 13, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Fun lead with nice fist jams, a rarity here. Wish it was longer.
By Ben C
From: Portland, OR
Oct 31, 2010

excellent moves in a classic setting! definitely felt better carrying the #3 camalot, and had one of the rare hand jam moves in the gunks. very cool route!
By Alicia Sokolowski
From: Brooklyn, NY
Apr 18, 2011
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Super fun route that is relatively sustained throughout, but I think it is more of a 5.5 sustained. I currently mainly climb around the 5.5 to 5.7 level, so I tend to actually feel the difference between 5.5 and 5.6.
By Ancent
From: Reno, NV
Aug 31, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Great quick climb while waiting for other nearby longer routes to open up. Can lead, follow, and rappel pretty quickly due to its straight-forward nature, the great protection, and the easy bolted chains.
By wivanoff
From: Northeast, USA
Aug 25, 2016

Fun lead with nice jams. Good pro. Even some places for threaded runners.
Someone (assume GCC) has replaced the worn quicklinks at chains as of August 2016. Thanks!
By Nolan Huther
From: Clarkson University
Oct 20, 2016

After over a year of learning to climb in the Adirondacks almost exclusively, this was the first route I climbed in the Gunks and thought that it was soft and that the sandbag claims must be perpetrated by climbers accustomed to modern grades. Got on Laurel afterwards and got what was coming to me of course!

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