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George's Tree 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

   
Type: Trad, 4 pitches, Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a [details]
FA: FA: George Hurley, Steve Pomerance, 1960s (5.7 A2)
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Submitted By: Patrick Vernon on Jan 1, 2001
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I've only done the first pitch of this route. If you feel solid on 5.9 and have never climbed at Lumpy, this is a good route to do, it is your standard Lumpy weirdness.

P1. This pitch begins 100 feet or so to the left of Fat City. It is a clean, low-angle, flared crack in a blank slab, just right of an area of many pronounced grooves. It leads to a two bolt anchor less than half a rope-length up feet up (and continues above). This crack appears easy from down below, but it is probably one of the hardest 5.9 pitches you will ever do. The crack is flared, insecure, and sustained the whole way to the anchor. There is also an awesome .12a face climb 20 feet to the right of it of that can be toproped from the anchors on George's Tree. The crux is 20 feet up, but the face remains solid 5.10 and 5.11 the whole way up. These two routes are great for developing slab technique. ~140'.

Addendum:

On the first pitch above the 2 bolt anchor, it gets steeper.

P2. leads up more cracks. ~60'.

Var. A note on the variation on the 2nd pitch (5.10c). This line goes up and to the right at the top of the P1, up a right-facing, thin corner and heads back left after the crux slabby bulge, joining the original line above. Take a good handful of micronuts to protect this one. Very thin and balancy.

P3. another pitch up good cracks leads to the ledge 2/3s up the wall. ~130'.

P4. follow the most obvious cracks to the top. This was probably the crux. ~ 160'.


Protection 

Standard rack to a #3.5 Friend. Other recommendations: doubles of #6-10 stoppers I had on every pitch. The first pitch eats them. Doubles on stopper from #4 on up, maybe some mid-sized hexes. Bring lots of Aliens.



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Unnamed climber from Greeley crusing Pitch 1.
Unnamed climber from Greeley crusing Pitch 1.
What are you doing to that poor tree Sean???
What are you doing to that poor tree Sean???
George's Tree, this was my first trad lead, many rests, so hard in my young years thanks to my partner Cale Fahrnem.
George's Tree, this was my first trad lead, many r...
Starting pitch 1
Starting pitch 1
Sean starting George's Tree in the snow.
Sean starting George's Tree in the snow.
One of the middle pitch variations right of the Osiris dihedral
One of the middle pitch variations right of the Os...
It's May 12th and it's snowing??? What the hell is this???
It's May 12th and it's snowing??? What the hell is...
Low down on pitch 1. <br />Photo by Luke Clarke.
Low down on pitch 1.
Photo by Luke Clarke.
Makes for a great end of the day top- rope session.
BETA PHOTO: Makes for a great end of the day top- rope session...
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By Todd Bauck
Jun 18, 2001

Bring a double set of small cams for this route. Then a standard rack up to a #3 Friend. A single larger piece will be nice for pitches 3 and 4. On the first pitch above the 2 bolt anchor, it gets steeper. But good footwork will keep it in the 5.9 range. I had one foot wedged in the flaring crack and the other further out using heel - toe techinque. Pitch 4 was probably the crux.

By Chris Fisher
Jul 23, 2001

I only did the climb to the 2 bolt anchor at about 70 feet up. The flaring crack had really thin fingers but great feet. Also found a few face holds for rest. Just remember that the tree is off limits.

By Dave Chenault
Dec 2, 2001

Do the whole route! The best part of the first pitch is past the bolts, as mentioned, and will spank you if you can't jam well. The second pitch leads up more cracks, and another pitch up good cracks leads to the ledge 2/3s up the wall. From there, follow the most obvious cracks to the top. Route finding on the upper pitches isn't as bad as it might appear, the cracks are continuous and the easy way is generally obvious. The whole route protects very well. I used the doubles of 6-10 stoppers I had on every pitch. The first pitch eats them. I would say doubles on stopper from 4 on up, a single set of cams from .5-3.5 Friend, and maybe some mid-sized hexes.

To descend, stay close and walk along the east edge on down. By downclimbing some gullies and chimneys in the big slab that is the edge of the cliff you make the descent shorter.

By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 21, 2002

While it is true that this route has good pro, Pat and I watched a guy take a 50-60 footer on the first pitch (a nice, continuous crack) last weekend. He pulled out several pieces of gear and nearly hit the ground. Be warned that Lumpy is often not a good place to lead climb if you are not adept at tricky gear placements in flaring, bottoming cracks which abound on many routes--George's Tree P1 being one of the best examples. Be careful out there!!

By Lon Black
Jul 9, 2002

Since I have no crack technique and virtually no physical ability, this was a tough, tough lead. It was definitely the toughest 5.9 I've ever done. Be glad that we live in a time where cams exist. Roger Weigand told me yesterday while I was starting up the route that Pat Ament backed off of this route when he tried it due to his fear of the poor protection.

By Shane Z
From: Colorado
Jul 15, 2002

This crack is long, sustained, and flared. Definitely, one of the hardest 5.9s that I have led. Small cams and stoppers work good here. (number one Metolius TCU and FCU are useful).

By shad O'Neel
Jul 24, 2002

Wow, this thing reminded me that I'm only a wee 5.7 struggler. I guess my head had swelled after doing a few 5.9s lately, and this thing put me back into the right place. It's great though, a classic grovel. And with a little effort, I found I had more gear in the crack than I could believe, and most of it seemed half good too! Bring lots of Aliens, offset cams were made for this thing. I had a couple HP offset small/mid sized nuts that worked great, too. Fun to get worked sometimes!!

By Jesse Ryan
Jul 25, 2002

A note on the variation on the 2nd pitch (5.10c). This line goes up and to the right at the top of the first pitch, up a right-facing, thin corner and heads back left after the crux slabby bulge, joining the original line above. Take a good handful of micronuts to protect this one. I placed about three before the crux in hopes that at least one might hold. Luckily I didn't have test them. Very thin and balancy.

I concur that the whole route is worthwhile, one of my favorites on the Book.

By Ben Mottinger
Founding Father
May 9, 2004
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Bring stiff shoes for this route--the jams are painful. Nice line and continous climbing--I thought the crack was a little gritty and painful for a 3 star. Maybe I'm just a wimp.

By Kishen Mangat
Jul 5, 2004

It is possible to do this route in three pitches with a 60M rope. From the ground, continue up then right to the large tree (shared with Osiris) almost 200 feet. Second pitch, work up and right about 165 feet to a sloping ledge. Then top out by working straight up through the upper headwall just under 200 feet. Makes for a long and efficient route.

By Brian Weinstein
May 12, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

I placed about 10 pieces of gear on P1, only feeling 100% solid on the first. That said, you can get a decent piece in nearly every body length. Stoppers and TCUs.

By John Korfmacher
From: Fort Collins, CO
Apr 23, 2007

Climbed P1--thought I was just being a whiner when I had difficulty leading this, but partner A. Wiedmann took a lap on lead and also pronounced it to be pretty stout. Footjams are fairly painful and the pro is not optimal. Extra small cams are advisable, and offsets would go a long way to making the pro reasonable. I would recommend sewing this one up, despite the painful stances--much of the pro would not take a long fall.

By tooTALLtim
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 4, 2007

I found P1 to eat nuts, and was wishing I had doubles! I only used one .3 cam, though I'm sure offsets (cams or nuts) would be amazing.

By tooTALLtim
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 18, 2008

The first pitch can be done solely with nuts, and the DMM offset nuts are MADE for this crack!!

By YDPL8S
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Jul 18, 2008
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

As Ben said, stiff shoes are the ticket. Very fun and well protected if you use a shoe with some meat.

By Dusty
From: Fort Collins
Jul 20, 2008
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

Climbed the whole route in 3 pitches today with a 70. I'll go out on a limb and suggest 10a for this route. Some spots were very insecure, but it did protect well. Each pitch seemed to have a move which I would rate 10-. My fiance didn't think it was so hard. Maybe we were off route, maybe I'm just a weenie.

By Cale Farnham
Sep 29, 2008

Bomber route had a good view of Fat City's tricky crux! Maybe I'll have to hop on that bad boy and giv'r hell!

By W. Spaller
From: Estes Park
Jun 13, 2009

I didn't think the first pitch was too difficult for 5.9 but it was my very first 5.9 lead. I never felt the gear was bad just a little trick to place.

By Aaron Martinuzzi
Sep 9, 2009
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

I'm with Dusty in that I felt this route had multiple moves of 5.10a. the first pitch, particularly above the bolts, gets very strenuous and insecure, and there are points right below and just above Fang Ledge that are technical and challenging - the sort of moves that feel easier when seconding since you have the security of a toprope to let you commit to awkward/gymnastic body position.

This route could easily go in 3 pitches with a 70m rope. P1 to the belay shared with Osiris, a 70m pitch to Fang Ledge, and another 70m pitch to the top of the wall. Each of these pitches would have spots of 10a amidst otherwise solid 5.9(+?) climbing, making it quite a sustained outing - a great climb that I think many people miss out on, since there are bolts in the middle of P1 to facilitate toproping. A standard rack is fine for this route, but a #4 Camalot can be used in a few places.

By J1.
From: Boulder, Colorado
Oct 10, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

I have climbed\guided this route many times, one of my favorite on The Ridge, sustained and fun...the lowish angle the crack is set on, don't let that fool ya. Also, if you cruised this 9, go check out Conan's Gonads on the lower Twin Owls.... That's a stiff 9 IMO much, much harder than George's....