Tree Groove

1 Stars
 VS 4b

Adjacent Routes
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Climb the pleasant groove until level with the tree, then move right awkwardly (large cam) into a narrow rift to finish. Escaping left into the chimney is a grade easier but feels like a cop-out.
FA. Clifford Moyer 1934


I found that the diagram in the book sent me up Babylon's Groove (VS 4C) and not Tree Groove.
Babylon's Groove gets no stars in my book.
goose - 21/Apr/03

Same here, the diagram in the guide is wrong.
Sam - 13/Jul/03

Definately Babylon Groove. Tree Groove is clearly indicated in the Chatsworth guide to the right of this and actually has a birch tree on route which is a bit of a give away really.
colin s - 06/Oct/03

That damn tree. It's next to a potentially off balance move and is far too tempting not to use if you start to wobble. Avoid the tree it only makes it harder. Really nice balance problem for crux traverse.
Phil Lyon - 16/May/05

Probably HS 4b with a couple of big cams for the traverse. Actually, probably HS 4b anyway - put a sling round the tree and the worst that happens is you go for a bit of a swing!
Simon Caldwell - 05/Oct/09

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