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Three Birches 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 210'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: S. Streibert, J. Reppy, H. May Sept 1963
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Feb 19, 2007
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Description 

A nice climb, stout in the grade...
Very aesthetic...
Pitch 1: Follow the arch up and right (harder than it looks). Focus on foot work though the feet are slick from wear (this section can be wet too, joy).... After the arch, follow cracks to a clump of trees belay from trees or build an anchor in the cracks....
Pitch 2: Continues up thin cracks to gain a huge layback offwidth flake.... Follow the flake up to a left-facing corner.... Climb the corner and mantel (a little tricky, look for less than obvious pockets).... From here, climb slabs, then exit right to a cluster of trees to belay (same finish as Fun House (5.7).... Easy climbing to the Barber Wall ledge....


Location 

In the middle of the lower, left wall, you will see an obvious right-leaning arch.... The first pitch climbs this feature and cracks above....


Protection 

Trad gear, a few fixed pins and an old fixed cam.... Belay from trees and gear....



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The leaves are starting to get some color... And my Dad is finishing up the final slabs on the Birches...
The leaves are starting to get some color... And m...
The start
BETA PHOTO: The start
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By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Apr 4, 2010

I actually find the first pitch to be pretty enjoyable when dry with fun smeering/edging and good finger jams. On the second pitch one can lead up to the tree with slings, clip it long and do a slab traverse left into the 5.8/9? crack finish to what I believe it is starfire? The finish is dirty but kind of fun.

By john strand
From: southern colo
Apr 6, 2010

The key words E- "when dry" ! ya that finish is YoYo/Starfire.

By Matt Desenberg
From: Wells, Me
Dec 25, 2011

You can link the first two pitches with a 60m and careful slinging. Definately try the Starfire finish if it is dry. Tons of fun!

By hasan
From: portland,me
Apr 22, 2013

The fixed cam's sling is in quite bad shape thats near the start.

By Alissa Doherty
From: Boston, MA
Oct 7, 2013

I agree that the fixed cam is manky at the start. I fell and it caught me but I noticed afterwards that it was a little too loose to trust.