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Delectable Pinnacle, Right  T 
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Peter Pan T 
Pine Line T 
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Pterodactyl Terrace, Right T 
Reeds Leads T 
Sacherer Cracker T 
Salathe (pitch 1) T 
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Short But Thin T 
Simulkrime T,TR 
Slack ( center), The T 
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Sparkling Give-away T,S 
TRON S 
West Buttress (pitch 1&2) T 

Pine Line 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Jeff Schaffer, Greg Schaffer, 1966
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Submitted By: Sketchy Sam on Jul 13, 2006

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Description 

Begin on a huge platform directly beneath the Nose. Excellent thin 5.7 fingercrack to a ledge with a belay tree and magnificent view. A wonderful Yosemite first lead. Descent: Rappel from tree (recommended) or scramble down right side.

Location 

Base of El Capitan, directly beneath the Nose.

Protection 

Mostly small gear .3-.75" with an occasional 1-2" piece. Can be easily lead on all passive.


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Marisa Fienup exits the 11b crux of a route that neighbors Pine Line.  To the climber's left are 2 excellent 5.10s which can also be top-roped from the tree above Pine Line.
Marisa Fienup exits the 11b crux of a route that n...
Pine line
Pine line
RM on Pine Line
RM on Pine Line
Pine Line  <br />
Pine Line
This is a shot of the start of the climb. Steve is placing his first piece.
This is a shot of the start of the climb. Steve is...
A second topo showing Pine Line and the neighboring routes.
BETA PHOTO: A second topo showing Pine Line and the neighborin...
Nastia and I
Nastia and I
CMW on Pine Line.
CMW on Pine Line.
Brian on Pine Line with the entire Salathe Wall in the background.
Brian on Pine Line with the entire Salathe Wall in...
Gibson heading up...
Gibson heading up...
Pine Line - Fun!  February 4, 2012
BETA PHOTO: Pine Line - Fun! February 4, 2012
photo of Pine Line from the base.
photo of Pine Line from the base.
Nearing the top of Pine Line
Nearing the top of Pine Line
Karl leading Pine Line (5.7) on El Capitan.
Karl leading Pine Line (5.7) on El Capitan.
Alex Abzug enjoying Pine Line, at the Base of El Cap
Alex Abzug enjoying Pine Line, at the Base of El C...
Pine Line
Pine Line
To the right of Pine Line (5.7) are a few excellent top-ropes: <br /> <br />Red: 5.10d <br />Orange: 5.11a <br />Yellow: 5.11b <br />Green: 5.9+
BETA PHOTO: To the right of Pine Line (5.7) are a few excellen...
Cruising up Pine Line with 3,000 feet of granite hovering above you. One of the coolest climbs I have ever done.
Cruising up Pine Line with 3,000 feet of granite h...

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By Matthew Fienup
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From: Ventura, CA
Jul 23, 2006

From the tree atop Pine Line, a series of fun face climbs can be top-roped. All climbs are right of Pine Line (5.10-5.11). See Photo. See SuperTopos for more detail.
By Jordan K
From: Ohio
Oct 6, 2006
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Great warm up route and easy to protect with sweeping views of the valley (and the 3000 ft of rock above adds something too!)
To get there, take the trail to the base of The Nose and walk right (facing the cliff) a few feet, looking for a large ledge.
The belay tree is a ways back from the edge, so you may want to bring some slings to extend the anchor past the bushes.
By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Mar 26, 2007

Awesome view and fun climb (speaking of the first pitch, not the el Cap route). A bit slippery in spots, but easy to protect. Small pro...
By Floyd Hayes
Aug 2, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I've led it a couple of times, thought it was a bit stiff for 5.7.
By Adam Voss
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 21, 2010

Superb route with even better views. It eats passive pro for breakfast, lunch, and dinner...Definitely will want long slings to TR. Lives up to the 5.7 grade for the Valley
By Dave Alden
From: San Diego, CA
Feb 28, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

A classic crack climb right at the base of the Nose, fantastic!
By Simon Hatfield
From: Oakland, CA
May 22, 2011

Found 5 older mixed Quickdraws hanging from a branch at the base of this route, describe them accurately in a PM and I'll mail them to you.

-Simon
By Jason Albino
From: San Francisco, CA
Apr 24, 2012

I found the SuperTopo approach beta for this to be confusing. If you are intimately familiar with El Cap, its features, and where exactly the unmarked "El Cap Meadow" is, you'll be fine.

If not, you may find the parking location unclear, and the parking is definitely NOT at the highway sign described in the SuperTopo book. I'd call it about halfway between Manure Pile and the highway junction when you're driving away from the Valley. After parking, head towards the point on El Cap where the buttress juts away from the formation the most. The approach trail will go slightly left around this point, and you can then turn back around right at the rockface and climb up to the great ledge that accesses this climb.
By Boriss
From: Sacramento
May 31, 2014

Lead Pine Line today and really loved it. Placed a BD #0.5 camalot in the crack at the start and then climbed the rest on stoppers. Near the top I added a BD #1 Camalot but it isnt really necessary since its a short scramble to the ledge. The tree had like 5 slings and 2 rings that you can rappel off of.