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YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Walt Corvington, Alan Amos - July 1989
Season: Late spring through early
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Submitted By: Karsten on Feb 13, 2006

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Hydrotube would be a classic climb anywhere and is one of the most unique climbs you'll find in Oregon.

Pitch 1: (5.8+) Begin up the middle of the obvious tube on well placed bolts. The crux comes midway up this first pitch with a few friction moves and edges and quickly eases off as the angle decreases. Belay at ledge to the left of the tube on beefy anchors.

Pitch 2: Step right from the anchors and climb up a few dicey moves until it eases off considerably. Continue straight up another steep section (15ft) and scramble to the summit.

Walk off down trail to the right or rappel with two ropes.


Take many draws as the first pitch is long. All anchors are well bolted.

A 60m will barely make it down from the first pitch anchors.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Karsten climbing Hydrotube.
Karsten climbing Hydrotube.
Rock Climbing Photo: Casey Vavrino climbing. He took a good fall leadin...
Casey Vavrino climbing. He took a good fall leadin...
Rock Climbing Photo: Top looking down on the second pitch of Hydrotube.
Top looking down on the second pitch of Hydrotube.

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By Aaron Hobson
From: Clinton, TN
Mar 20, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Even without any prior knowledge of this area, this route stands out as a unique climb. I followed Tim Toula's 1995 Rock and Road to this cliff while I was working as a bird bander in the national forest here. At first I couldn't even find the crag. T. Toula's mileage didn't jive with my odometer, and there are many forest roads to lead one astray. When I finally found this wonderful crag, Hydrotube was the first route I attempted. It is simply a beautiful route. I remember it being more difficult than 5.8+ though. Maybe this is because I had no idea of the grade before hand, or that the rock was unfamiliar to me, but when I took another climber here to try this route, he thought that it would be rated 5.10-. Well, he was from Nebraska. I'm curious as to how this route compares to its neighbors. I never learned what they were graded.
By Shapp
Oct 27, 2009

This route was unfortunately retrobolted several years ago, it was perfectly safe when I first lead it in about 1993 (not the FA). Does anyone know who or why more bolts were added?
By StrongArm
From: Bend, Oregon
Feb 25, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Great place to climb! Hydrotube was a lot better than I expected. I didn't know it was retrobolted...
By Dylan Colon
From: Eugene, OR
Dec 29, 2013

I spoke with one of the first acensionists last summer, and he assured me that while bolts have been replaced, they are in the same place that they were on the F.A. The route is safe but a bit spicy, and while runout on the upper easy slab if you can do the lower part it should be safe enough.
By iryna
From: eugene, or
Oct 6, 2014

Does anyone know how many quickdraws to bring for this climb? thanks.
By George W
Sep 14, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Certainly the best line on the crag! An abundance of bolts is disappointing, but you don't have to clip them all. Rated as such due to it's sustained difficulty, which isn't really all that difficult after all. Long legs make for easy stemming. So unique and so much fun!
By verticalworldtraveler
From: Eugene, OR
Sep 27, 2015

It works to link in one 190' pitch with 12 bolts total, long slings on many bolts. Cool little summit, bring sneakers for the 3-minute walk off. Felt fair for the grade but it ain't no gym climb, more like old school friction climbing.

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