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(tt) Mendenhall Ridge

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(tt) Mendenhall Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Nov 29, 2006
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The Poplar (R) and The Sapling (L), on Mendenhall ...

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  • Description 

    This obscure area is the most remote crag at Smith. It's at least a 90-minute walk from the main area, and I guarantee you will not see any other climbers. This area only features two known routes, but one of them, the Poplar, is a must-do.

    Getting There 

    The quickest, most legal approach seems to be to head over Asterix pass from the main area, follow the river trail past the Monkey, then up on to the plateau above the rimrock after passing the Kiss of the Lepers cliffs. From here, head NE to the exit of the Canal tunnel, then follow the canal to the next tunnel (under Gunsight rock). Presumably if you're walking all this way you intend to climb a few of the routes on Indian Ridge, so start scrambling up Indian at this point, to Gunsight rock first, then on to Squaw Rock. Continue up the ridge to its intersection with Mendenhall Ridge, then follow the Ridge down to the Poplar.

    It's possible to approach along the river bank (from the Monkey) directly to the base of Mendenhall Ridge, but if you do you will definitely be on private property, and will encounter a few "No Trespassing" signs. The above-described approach is almost entirely on BLM or state land, does not force you to ignore any signs, and will give you the benefit of 'plausible deniability' if necessary.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 6.9 miles from here

    2 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

    Featured Route For (tt) Mendenhall Ridge
    Rock Climbing Photo: Rapping off The by Mike Pennington

    The Sapling, Tilted Slab 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a OR : Smith Rock : (tt) Mendenhall Ridge
    This is not at all classsic, but if you've hiked all the way out here to climb the Poplar (as you should) you might as well tick this one off too. You certainly don't want to have to hike back out here again when you decide your life goals include ticking all of the Smith Rock 5.3s.The rock on this route is downright bad, so take your time and choose holds wisely. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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