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By Derek DeBruin
Jan 10, 2013
I'm wondering what the climbing opportunities are like near Pullman, Washington. I know Granite Point is about 30 minutes drive and I can certainly do the math for bigger things like Rainier and the cascades, but what is there to do within 3 hours drive? I'd love to know specific areas to look at so I can start gettin some beta. I know these spots might actually be in Oregon or Idaho as opposed to Washington. Also, where's the nearest multipitch cragging and what's the closest good trad climbing? Many thanks in advance.

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By frankstoneline
Jan 10, 2013
There is plenty of stone in spokane (deep creek, mclellan rocks, etc.), I think riggins ID is within 3 hours, which is limestone sport climbing, spring mountain is about 3 and a half hours but has some trad climbing, Q'emlin park(sp) in post falls in idaho is close to spokane. That ought to get you started, though someone more familiar with the pullman area can probably give you better beta.

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By shotgunnelson
Jan 10, 2013
As far as I know granite point is all you have in Pullman. The granite up in the priest river area is the only close worthy trad. There are some pretty good sport crags in spokane. Three good limestone sport crags an hour north of spokane. Vantage is a few hours west of Pullman in the desert which is basalt trad and sport and an hour past that is leavenworth which is amazing bouldering and really good trad cragging and multipitch. Hope this helps

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By Derek DeBruin
Jan 10, 2013
Thanks! Recommendations on guide books?

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By Phalanges
Jan 10, 2013
Derek DeBruin wrote:
Thanks! Recommendations on guide books?


Inland Northwest Rock Climbs by Marty Bland covers all the relevant areas in eastern Washington and the panhandle of Idaho that are talked about above, and is a must own. Leavenworth and Vantage have their own guidebooks. There is a free Vantage guide online that will keep you more than busy for a number of trips. Click the Best of Frenchman Coulee Link on this page

Don't forget the climbing gym at UI, which is actually pretty sweet. There isn't alot of stuff right near Pullman, but tons of great climbing within an afternoon's drive. Which pretty much sums up Moscow/Pullman for everything.

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By JakeGano
Jan 26, 2013
Check out the Wallowas (alpine/ice), South Fork of the Clearwater (multipitch granite, most are mix of bolts and gear). Bits and pieces of rock throughout north Idaho. Small granite crags on Moscow Mountain and just outside of Orofino. There is a good newish guidebook for the Selkirks in north Idaho. It'll keep you busy but if you're going there for school you'll be itching for more terrain after 4-5 years. At least I was.

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By JakeGano
Jan 26, 2013
There is tons of stuff in Washington too (e.g. Vantage) but you can find that easily enough on your own. Washingtonians like their guidebooks like Idahoans like their guns.

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By JacobD
From Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 27, 2013
Me on Half Dome Boulder, Middle Finger of Fury <br /> <br />Awesome problem!
I went to undergradaute in Moscow and miss it a lot. A place no one has mentioned thats around the 3 hour range is Tieton Canyon. Around 800 sport and trad routes, and some really quality cracks. Also McCall is about 3.5 hours away and has a crazy amount of granite. There are multiple walls 1,000 feet tall, and tons of potential for FA's. The bouldering across from Granite Point is actually pretty good if you can get a boat. Be ready to drive and plan and you can do weekend trips to the central cascades! When I was there the climbing community was great and the UI and WSU climbing walls are both super fun. There is potential for some trad lines down by Asotin, ID also (about 40 minutes away). That being said the community in Moscow is great also, good beer, good coffee, and good music.

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By shotgunnelson
Jan 27, 2013
Don't let Jacob lie to you. It's like a great big jacks canyon up here, a bunch of chipped out glued limestone just like flagstaff:). Your psyche is always welcome here as long as you bring that az sunshine. Come do gorillas in the mist with me this summer. i think i got dave and hamlin and chang convinced for leavenworth bouldering. you should join us. love Ryan Crowe

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By JacobD
From Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 27, 2013
Me on Half Dome Boulder, Middle Finger of Fury <br /> <br />Awesome problem!
I was just talking about gorillas in the mist at vino loco tonight! I've done the N. Ridge twice. I'm in. Lets do it! I'll be up there for most of July. Was planning on bouldering in Leavenworth and Squamish also, it'd be great to meet up with ya'll. I'll talk to Dave and Jeff.

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By mcarizona
From Flag
Jan 27, 2013
The wife got me Marty Bland's book (I think about 20 bucks for the thin thing) for xmas and I'm going to check it out this summer. Looks like a lot of clip ups though. About 11 areas described.
Steve

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By shotgunnelson
Jan 27, 2013
If you come up mcarizona shoot me a pm and I can show you around a bit. A lot of the stuff in the guidebook that says project are now done and some of the better lines. This is especially true for Marcus.

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By danny m
From All over
Jan 27, 2013
Ancient Art, UT
Hey.

I just moved to Kellogg and am in desperate search for climbers. Don't know if you ice climb but If you do I would love to get out. If not we should defiantly go rock climbing come summer time.

Let me know. I'm a pretty confident ice, and trad leader usulylly got free weekends, Indian Creek size trad rack, lots of screw, and 4WD

Lets get out and climb.

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By kpinwalla2
Feb 2, 2013
people.whitman.edu/~pogue/climbing/climbing_areas.html

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