The Pine Tree Step-Across is more a mental challenge than a physical one. The climb is located just left of the inside corner that leads up to the sizeable pine tree growing out of the rock near the top of the wall. Climb up this face until you reach a large overhaning block just left of the pine tree. Surmount the block using a mantel. Once on the block lean into the blank face and step across the abyss to a small landing pad for your foot. While stepping reach with your left hand for a hidden hold. Continue up to the top of the wall.
The technical crux could come low, depending upon exactly which variation you take on the lower face. The gear down low is finicky; you'll find a fixed pin on the left side of the face about 1/3 of the way up.
There is gear (orange metolius cam) in the horizontal crack below the crux, but it needs to be set just right.
The crux is height/wingspan/flexibility/patience -dependent!
By Tradoholic Sep 8, 2010 rating: 5.64c14V12S 4b R
So funny to watch Remo freak out on this one!
By Remo From: Madison, WI Sep 8, 2010 rating: 5.64c14V12S 4b PG13
I have climbed that thing 10 years ago...I forgot how committing and freaky the step across was. The lower section is definitely the crux if you follow the goofy crack system. I thought it was R at the bottom but very protect able up top. Great lead. True to it's 5-6 rating.
By Doug Hemken Administrator Jun 27, 2012 rating: 5.64c14V12S 4b PG13
At the crux you can bail to the right. Jam up between the namesake pine tree and the rock, then move back left to the top of the route.
Or just bail to "Pine Tree Dihedral".
A brief shower induced us to look around for options ....
By Tom Lausch From: Madison WI Aug 19, 2012 rating: 5.64c14V12S 4b R
This one is a head check. Not much pro for the top section. The mantle into the middle was comitting and required good focus.
I suppose this is a variation and not its own route but you can follow the crack system up to underneath the overhang then use the face to the right of the dihedral under the overhang and top out on the face you would step across for Pine Tree Step-Across. Probably a 5.7
By Calvin C. Apr 26, 2014 rating: 5.64c14V12S 4b R
Might be whisperin to whomever you pray to on that step across -- especially if you have Elvis legs -- but afterwards you definitely feel like ya dodged a bullet.