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Aid Route T 
Bay Tree Crack T 
Bobcat Crack T,TR 
Claude's Delight T 
Grant's Crack T,TR 
Hanging Flake T 
Lena's Lieback T 
Oak Tree Crack T,TR 
Oak Tree Flake T 
Penelope's Problem T 
Penthouse Cracks T,TR 
Pin Scar Seams T 
Swan Slab Chimney T 
Swan Slab Gully T 
Swan Slab Squeeze T,TR 
Ugly Duckling T 
Unknown Arete T,TR 
Unnamed Crack T 
Unnamed Crack (the other one) T,TR 
Unnamed Face Route TR 
Unnamed Seam TR 
Unnamed Thin Crack TR 
V-Crack T,TR 
West Slabs TR 

Bay Tree Crack 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Osprey Overhang on Mar 15, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: Once on top of Grant's Crack or the Oak Tree Flake...

Description 

A great addition to the Oak Tree Flake or Grant's Crack. Climb the stacked blocks off the ledge at the top of the for mentioned climbs. Pass the bay tree, and proceed into the finger crack. Continue up the right arching crack which turns into mostly tight hands (5.6). There is a medium sized rock at the top with an old bolt in it. Belay here.

Location 

The start of this route is located at the backside of the ledge at the top of the Oak Tree Flake and Grant's Crack.

Walk off to the left with a short easy fifth class downclimb, or set up a rappel.

Protection 

Single set to 2.5"


Photos of Bay Tree Crack Slideshow Add Photo
The stacked blocks to the bay tree.
BETA PHOTO: The stacked blocks to the bay tree.
Madi following on Dec. 30th, 2011
Madi following on Dec. 30th, 2011
The crack from the top of the bay tree.
BETA PHOTO: The crack from the top of the bay tree.
Kara looking good on pitch 2.
Kara looking good on pitch 2.
Once you leave the bay tree and are established in...
BETA PHOTO: Once you leave the bay tree and are established in...
Madi at what could be the crux of the pitch, commi...
Madi at what could be the crux of the pitch, commi...

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By Floyd Hayes
Aug 2, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Good intro to multipitch climbing if you first climb Swan Slab Chimney or Oak Tree Flake, then this climb. To descend walk left and downclimb toward a dirty gully, where you have three options: (1) rappel down a tree to the base; (2) downclimb the gully with a few moves of 5.5; (3) walk left to the top of Penthouse Cracks and rappel from an anchor. The latter option gives you the opportunity to top-rope Penthouse Cracks.
By Mark P Thomas
From: Oakland
Jun 7, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

With 70m doubles I easily did this on 1 long pitch from the ground. A 60m might work if you're careful with rope drag.