Birch Tree Wall

3 Stars
 VS 4c

Adjacent Routes
<< Curving Arete < Birch Tree Wall Variations  |  Birch Tree Wall Direct > Birch Tree Wall Eliminate >>

1) 4c, 10m. Climb the thin and polished left-hand crack then move awkwardly right to a blocky groove leading to a stance.
2) 4c, 10m. Traverse the rounded breaks out left to easy ground. A high tree makes a useful belay for timid seconds.
FA. Jack London 1928.


The left hand crack is well worth doing, makes for a great route.
Dave - 29/Jun/03

To anyone trying this route...

Don't do the direct start - start up the HVS variation on the left (twin cracks). Once at the ledge, make a beautiful traverse right to the top of the original starting crack and continue upwards from there. Still VS 5a, but one of the best routes I know of, up to E3...
Pythonist - 04/May/04

The polished right-hand jamming crack is pretty hard work, but very satisfying. The long traverse left is hard to protect.
Nick Smith - 10/Jun/04

Agree with Nick Smith, the righ-hand crack is hard work, but well worth it. Gear placements are good. The groove is rather perplexing, and the finishing traverse is fun, but make sure you have some largeish friends.
slack---line - 02/May/05

Yeah the left hand start does mean you do some of the most enjoyable moves ever on the lovely little traverse to join the top of the crack!!! And again the traverse left at the top is just funny though strangely unnerving i found!!!
kermit - 24/Jul/05

I think the original route was the left-hand variation?

I did the direct version and it was quite slippy and hard, but well protected, I think in retrospect the left-hand route would of given a more consistent route.
The traverse at the top is very nice.

If you do it in a single pitch then watch for your rope getting caught in the diagonal crack heading up left, gives you tremendous rope drag.
MeMeMe - 22/Aug/05

nice jams, good route. felt more like 4c but might just be me (no rope drag if you solo it)
nate mcmullan - 17/Jul/06

Gorgeous route. I also thought 5a a bit steep for the first crack, sinkers in the crack and thoughtfully created wee holes on the face. No large pro left and then rain made the traverse the trickiest bit for me and i have an official jamming disability.
DuzWalker - 07/Mar/07

Does the traverse back right from the original left hand start go as a hand traverse or a foot traverse? The foot traverse seemed harder than 4c, not that I committed to it - the hand traverse seemed about right at 4c.
EarlyBird - 09/Apr/07

Login to your ROCKFAX account to add your comments - Search for comments.

  • Route Grade Votings

    Total votes cast 56
    hard HVS 0 of 19
    HVS 0 of 19
    easy HVS 2 of 19
    hard VS 8 of 19
    VS 9 of 19
    easy VS 0 of 19
    hard HS 0 of 19
    HS 0 of 19
    easy HS 0 of 19
    hard 5a 0 of 18
    5a 0 of 18
    easy 5a 0 of 18
    hard 4c 0 of 18
    4c 0 of 18
    easy 4c 0 of 18
    hard 4b 0 of 18
    4b 0 of 18
    easy 4b 0 of 18
    hard 4a 0 of 18
    4a 0 of 18
    easy 4a 0 of 18
    hard 3c 0 of 18
    3c 0 of 18
    easy 3c 0 of 18
    hard 3b 0 of 18
    3b 0 of 18
    easy 3b 0 of 18
    hard 3a 0 of 18
    3a 0 of 18
    easy 3a 0 of 18
    hard 2c 0 of 18
    2c 0 of 18
    easy 2c 0 of 18
    hard 2b 0 of 18
    2b 0 of 18
    easy 2b 0 of 18
    hard 2a 0 of 18
    2a 0 of 18
    easy 2a 0 of 18
    hard ?? 0 of 18
    ?? 0 of 18
    easy ?? 2 of 18
    hard ?? 1 of 18
    ?? 10 of 18
    easy ?? 4 of 18
    hard ?? 1 of 18
    ?? 0 of 18
    easy ?? 0 of 18
    3 Stars 17 of 19
    2 Stars 2 of 19
    1 Star 0 of 19
    0 Stars 0 of 19
    Bag of ..... 0 of 19

    Please Login to your Rockfax account to rate this climb.