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Pine Tree Step-Across 

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

   
Type:  Trad, TR
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on May 4, 2002

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Just before the step across.

Description 

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.

Protection 

For leading, use a standard rack.


Photos of Pine Tree Step-Across Slideshow Add Photo
Those fun sloper foot holds at the the start give this route a added flavor for sure...  Doug Hemken leading.
Those fun sloper foot holds at the the start give ...
Lower south portion of Railroad Amphitheater from the tracks
BETA PHOTO: Lower south portion of Railroad Amphitheater from ...
Tom Anderson-Brown looking graceful at the end of the tough mantel on Pine Tree Step-Across.
Tom Anderson-Brown looking graceful at the end of ...
As the rain begins to fall ...
As the rain begins to fall ...
Tom Anderson-Brown overextending his mantel and looking like the wicked witch under the house on Pine Tree Step-Across.
Tom Anderson-Brown overextending his mantel and lo...
Stepping across.
Stepping across.
Jan Brown performing the step-across on Pine Tree Step-Across.  He would later do it without hands!
Jan Brown performing the step-across on Pine Tree ...
Barefoot Rhoads.
Barefoot Rhoads.
Jan Brown getting up his nerve to step across the void on Pine Tree Step-Across.
Jan Brown getting up his nerve to step across the ...
Seth Berger near the top, above the big step.
Seth Berger near the top, above the big step.

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By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
Dec 17, 2008
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R

I'd say this is a candidate for an R rating. At the step across, the pro is below your feet, with a ledge not too far below the gear. This is an excellent lead, but certainly a heads-up one.
By Unboundquark
Sep 14, 2009

The step across is not only an R, but it's a total headgame. Before you make the move you can't really see how the "step across" is going to go.
By Doug Hemken
Administrator
Sep 21, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13

Classic Devils Lake!

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: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R

So funny to watch Remo freak out on this one!
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Sep 8, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13

That step-across move is heady!
By roger fritz from rockford, IL
From: Rockford, IL
Aug 29, 2011

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: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 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: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 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.
By Aaron Wait
May 12, 2013
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13

Would have jumped the step across had Gokul not given me running beta on where to look for that hold. I was telling myself the ledge below wouldn't hurt me too badly. Sweet climb!
By Jack C.
From: Portage, WI
Jun 6, 2013

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: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 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.