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Tree Keys 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Judy Perez, Joe Perez, George Hurley
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Submitted By: Peter Jackson on May 14, 2011

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Description 

Find the tree close to the cliff with a key embedded in the trunk near eye level, on the cliffside of the tree. The keyring has broken off of the key (and it is sometimes replaced) so you may need to look hard for it.

The route ascends a dark brown slab starting from the tree. Climb the lower slab to the blocky 4th class ledge, then climb the outside corner hanging overhead. The route touches both faces of the outside corner. A routefinding extravaganza!

Location 

Find the tree with the key in it. About 100 yards from Cake Walk, this climb begins before you reach the big elevated dirty ledge where Gaggle of Geese, Old Crow and High Steppin' start.

Protection 

Can be done with only bolts. If 5.7 is your limit, bring a couple cams for the slightly runout section midway up the climb (it's not that runout, but some will want an extra piece of pro)


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By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
May 15, 2011

Ouch on the Rumney Climbers comment man...
By Jay Knower
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From: Campton, NH
May 15, 2011

I know a lot of Rumney climbers who would be able to handle that runout.
By Peter Jackson
From: Rumney, NH
Dec 6, 2011

Edited. Sorry: didn't mean to be offensive! Was supposed to be amusing.
By EDGE
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 13, 2012
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

This route is no harder than 5.5.
By tommyguns
Apr 1, 2013

I thought this route was actually pretty fun especially for a warm up. Watch out for the loose stuff on the big ledge.
By Peter Jackson
From: Rumney, NH
Oct 28, 2013

Edited the grade to reflect the new guidebook rating and the consensus rating. My original post used the grade from NEClimbs.

Be careful when starting up the face above the blocky, broken ledge. Some loose stuff has pulled off of there recently.
By AlpineStart78
From: Conway, New Hampshire
Apr 30, 2014

Climbed yesterday, 2nd to last “protection” bolt is right next to an excellent .3 or .4 BD cam placement. Other than that a well designed route with fun moves. The anchor has been extended with chains so it is visible from the ground (and much better for rapping off).
By Jon Booth
Sep 8, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

It appears much of the loose rock has recently been cleaned from this route, probably in the last week or so.