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Big Tree 1

Big Tree 1

Big Tree 1

Page Type: Route

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.16230°N / 121.6178°W

Object Title: Big Tree 1

Route Type: Trad Climbing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Half a day

Rock Difficulty: 5.8 (YDS)

Difficulty: II 5.8

Number of Pitches: 5

Grade: II

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Martin Cash

Created/Edited: Oct 15, 2007 / Dec 31, 2007

Object ID: 347963

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This 5 pitch crack climb climbs a series of crack and flake systems on the east side of the south buttress area of 3 O'clock Rock. While not highly rated in the guidebook, we found this route to be quite enjoyable and had a nice time on it. If you are looking for a change of pace from the usual slab climbs on this formation, this is a good route to do.

Getting There

Follow the directions on the main page. Approach to the south buttress area to the base of the obvious wide handcrack.

Route Description

Pitch 2
Nice view

Pitch #1 - 5.6 - Climb up the dirty dihedral then traverse to the left to reach the clean handcrack which quickly widens to fists then offwidth. Climb straight up to the base of the ringlock sized splitter and jamb this to the top (felt hard for the grade). Now traverse to the right to reach the belay at the tree. 150 feet

Pitch #2 - 5.5 - Climb straight up the slab and flakes supplementing the 2 bolts with cams. Undercling the big flake above then turn the corner and lieback up the right side of it. Now traverse to the left for 30 feet on the very narrow ledge to reach the belay at the tree. 90 feet

Pitch #3 - 5.8 - Jamb and lieback the nice clean dihedral above you then traverse up and to the right on thin slab to reach the second crack. Jamb and lieback this to the top to reach the belay. Great pitch. 120 feet

Pitch #4 - 5.5 - Climb directly up the slab then angle up and to the left on runout terrain to reach the belay at the Big Tree. 90 feet

Pitch #5 - 5.0 - Continue up the corner on the right and belay at the tree. 100 feet

Down - Rappel the route or the neighboring Big Tree 2000 route.

Essential Gear


2 each cams to 2.5"
A 3" and 5" cam (optional, easy terrain)
1 each nuts
5 draws
2 50 or 60 meter ropes

External Links

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JambingSlabStartPitch 2Nice viewRinglocks