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Tipsy Trees 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Gardiner and Mary Perry, 1958
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Submitted By: John Peterson on Feb 25, 2006
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BETA PHOTO: 2nd pitch of Tipsy Trees. I figure it gets it's PG...
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    Next to the popular Minty, this route gets much less traffic although it features the same steep jugs.

    P1. Start up blocks and a face 20' to the right of Minty, pulling through an overhang at a notch, then traverse left on a good ledge to a belay at a corner. 5.4, 90'.

    P2. Follow the corner up and a bit right to the GT Ledge. 5.3, 90'.

    Rappel from here, or continue...

    P3. Escape right or climb straight up. 5.3, 50'.

    Descend either left to the Uberfall or Minty or move right to the Madame G's rap station.


    Standard Gunks rack.

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    Me coming up p2, thumbs up all the way!
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    By Joe M
    From: Rapid City, SD
    Sep 2, 2007
    rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c

    A fun, well protected route. Great for new leaders. Plenty of possible ways up the first pitch.

    By Tim Schafstall
    From: Newark, DE
    Apr 11, 2008
    rating: 5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a

    Guidebook rates this climb at 5.3 and that seems about right. There is some very loose and broken rock at the start of P2.

    By John Peterson
    Apr 11, 2008

    Only at the Gunks would anyone debate the differenc between 5.3 and 5.4 :-)

    By Kevin Heckeler
    From: Upstate New York
    Jun 27, 2011
    rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c

    The bulge on P1 is tougher than 5.3

    By JBaker
    From: Belmont, MA
    Sep 5, 2011
    rating: 5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a

    Awesome route! Don't bother with the third pitch of Tipsy, instead, follow the ledge to the left at the top of the second pitch to the third pitch of Minty. Nice way to finish.

    Be careful of people repelling since there is a rap route that puts the rap line right on the second pitch.

    By kswissto
    Oct 17, 2013

    You can rappel down from P2 with doubles, but watch trees/ledges. In the past, I've opted to go with multi-pitch rappel in order to alleviate potential for stuck ropes.

    By Kevin Heckeler
    From: Upstate New York
    Oct 21, 2013
    rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c

    I see in one of the photos someone belaying at the top of P2 from right of the rap station. I did the roof at the rap and it felt much harder than 5.3, and now I'm thinking that ending at the rap is off route.

    Rapping with doubles to the ground is fine so long as no one is leading below you (Minty crosses the rap line if done this way). Since it's a busy route, it's best to do two raps and avoid people climbing on Minty.