Rock Eating Tree
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Start on the tree island just above the route's namesake about 50' to the right on 'Better Late Than Never'.
P1: Climb the first pitch of the 'Manatee' or walk in from the right on the new trail leading the Girdle, Biopsy, etc. There is also a short and easy approach pitch near the end of the slab uphill and to the right of the 'Manatee' start.
P2: Climb the low angle slab past some expanding gear up to the overlap and bolts. Balance over the overlap (5.9+) and continue up the long slab past increasingly distant bolts to rings at the choked cedar tree ledge. 200+ ft.
P3: Climb the bouldery crux shared with 'Laurel's Snake Dike' past 3 bolts and begin trending right towards a groove after the 4th bolt and intersection of 2 quartzite dikes. Climb the fun and moderate groove past 2 bolts and gear in those cool Laurel Knob holes to rings. 5.11b
Access route by climbing either approach pitch or traversing in via the Girdle approach.
2 double rope rappels will bring you to the large tree island ledge at the start of P2. One more short rappel off of a large tree just below the start of P2 takes you to the ground near the start of 'Manatee Fluid'.
A complete photo topo of the entire right side of Laurel detailing all known routes and bolts is found here: extrazoom.com/image-20427.html
Draws and a standard Laurel Rack. At least 3 #3 camelots can be placed on P3.
A 70 m rope is likely necessary for P2. We never measured it out, but it is at least 200 ft. Some easy simul-climbing might be an option too.
By Jeff Mekolites
From: HOTlanta, GA
Jan 1, 2015
Pitch 2 (or 1 - depending on where you start) clocks in at about 215 feet. At 200 feet the leader will clip the last bolt before the anchors...easy to simul-climb for about 15 feet. Great pitch!