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Pine Tree Dihedral 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

   
Type:  Trad, TR
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Jun 6, 2002

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Remo, mid-crux.

Description 

The Pine Tree Dihedral is an easily protected route that is excellent for novice trad leaders. The route follows the inside corner that sits below the teenaged pine tree growing out of the rock near the top of the wall. Climb this route by jamming the crack of the dihedral up to the overhanging block midway up the wall. Proceed to the right of the overhanging block and continue up the dihedral, passing the tree on your left. Duck under the tree branches and follow the inside corner to the top of the wall.


Protection 

For leading use a standard rack



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Jan Brown under the roof on Pine Tree Dihedral.
Jan Brown under the roof on Pine Tree Dihedral.
Lower south portion of Railroad Amphitheater from the tracks
BETA PHOTO: Lower south portion of Railroad Amphitheater from ...
Jan Brown starting off on a lead of Pine Tree Dihedral.
Jan Brown starting off on a lead of Pine Tree Dihe...
Jan Brown heading up Pine Tree Dihedral.
Jan Brown heading up Pine Tree Dihedral.
Jan Brown finishing up a nice lead of Pine Tree Dihedral.
Jan Brown finishing up a nice lead of Pine Tree Di...
Jan Brown at the top of the main crack on Pine Tree Dihedral.
Jan Brown at the top of the main crack on Pine Tre...
Eric heads up
Eric heads up
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By Stephen D. Schaefgen
Jun 2, 2002

For leading, it likes big stuff. Cams 2" and up, #10 and #11 Hexentrics. However, there is a good placement in the small roof for small cams. Fun crack.

By Ta-Chi Wang
May 24, 2009

Somehow the crux on this route has been underestimated. The crux to overcome the overhung boulder requires a hang jam (just underneath the boulder), a smearing footwork on the right face, and then a powerful pull-up in order to reach either a not-so-good hold on the left or into a groove (far and bad one) on the right. For a beginner's leading? I'm not sure.

By Tradoholic
Sep 8, 2010
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Agreed, mantle move isn't for the beginning leader. Unless you want to sandbag them!

By Tom Lausch
From: Madison WI
Aug 19, 2012
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Make sure to clip the #1 Bd that someone got stuck in the crack on the right about half way up. Free pro! But good luck getting it out without ruining it. Might as well leave it in my opinion. Great climb though

By Gokul
May 1, 2013

There are now two fixed #1s, right next to each other, on this route!

BETA ALERT:
Found an alternate way up past the insecure crux mantle last week. From the inside corner where you pull the mantle, step right onto the arete and go up there.

By Joe "Big Boi" Osterman
From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jun 18, 2013
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Pulling onto the ledge just right of the roof felt more difficult than 5.5, my finance was seconding and she traversed over to the arete and said that felt more like 5.5. Definitely fun!

By Jeff VS
May 28, 2014

There is a very nice "hero" variation at the crux (we call it the "cheese danse"). When you are tucked under the big crux roof, instead of manteling to the ledge on the right, reach up on the face above the roof until you find the nice finger ledge with your left hand. The real "hero" looking move is to then match both hands on the little ledge and let go with the feet and just hang in mid air. Do a pull-up on the little ledge and use the little bulge on the edge of the over-hang for your right foot. This is only about a 5.7 move and that mostly for commitment to letting go with everything else. It isn't too hard but it looks really cool!

By Dylan B.
Jun 9, 2014

I reslung the fixed #1 Camalot with new cordalette yesterday. Should be good for the rest of the summer, anyhow.