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'Shimer Down T 
A Second Way (Variation Finish to Seconds) T,S 
Aloha slab T 
Annie Get Your Guns T 
Arrested Development  T 
Before the Settlers Arrive T 
Better late than never T 
Biopsy T 
Black Flag T 
Buried Treasure T 
Canyons of Laurel T 
Central Pillar Direct Finish T,S 
Central Pillar of Laurel T 
Clippidy Doodah... S 
Clowns to the Left of me T 
Cotton Pony  T 
Cruising with the Top Down T 
Defective Sonar T 
Dike hike - Monster Groove T 
Dillard Arete T 
Don't call me surely T 
Dry streak T 
Fathom T 
Fathom Direct T 
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Finger Lickin' Good T 
Friction Addiction T 
Frolictown T 
Fruit of the Poisonous Tree T,S 
Funky Chicken, The T 
Get it while it's hot T 
Gibbet , The T 
Girl friend route T 
Groover (Gaskin Finish) T 
Groover Variation (Fischesser Finish) T 
Groovin' in the name of the Laurel T 
Have and Not Need T,S 
High & Dry T,S 
Hone Ranger T 
Hypocrite's Corner T 
Jokers to the right  T 
Keel Hauled T 
Laurel's Girdle T 
Laurel's Snake Dike T 
Legendary "F" Bomb, The T 
Manatee Fluid T 
Manatee Left T 
Mechanical Bull T,S 
Mirage  T 
Mirage Direct Finish T 
Monster Groove Direct Start T,S 
Monster Groove Reject Start T 
Mutiny T 
Nana's Bananas T 
Nanna Gets Her Groove On T,S 
O.K. Corral T,S 
Oasis T 
Old Times' Sake T 
Permission Granite T 
Pirate's Cove T 
Pirate's cove Alt start T 
Pirate's Cove direct finish T 
Puff The Magic Dragon T 
Quantum Mechanic's Arete T,S 
Rejected Radar T 
Rock Eating Tree T 
Route Of The Living Dead T 
Seconds T 
Squirrely man T 
Steep in the Teacups of Laurel T,S 
Stegg, Roy Fathom ALT. T 
Stellar Sonar T 
Stemming Laurel T 
Stingray T 
Two Rattlers in Your Face T 
Unfathomable T 
Use It Express T 
Use It Or Luge It T,S 
Use it or Luge it Direct Start T 
Walkin' Da Plank T 
Wild Turkeys T 
Wild Wild West  T,S 
Wormhole T 

Rock Eating Tree 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c PG13

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c PG13 [details]
FA: Brad Wilson, Mike Fischesser, Joe Lovenshimer
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: JoeLovenshimer on Oct 21, 2014

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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:


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.

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By Jeff Mekolites
From: ATL 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!

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