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Held Down S 
Horizontal Delite S 
Kings of Rat S 
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Rat Cave Rock Climbing 


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Location: 45.57501, -122.13757 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide), Emily Roeben
Submitted By: Ryan Palo on Oct 25, 2006
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Description 

This tucked away crag hosts Portland's highest concentration of difficult sport climbing. The routes range from steep to wildly overhanging. The climbing is very beta-intensive making the grades feel quite sandbag. Do not let this distract you, the movement its self is awesome. All of the routes require endurance, great route finding skills, and patience.

All of the Routes can be climbed all year round regardless of the weather.

Getting There 

Due to access concerns, the handlers of this area have requested that the directions be removed from this site. I'll be sure to put the information back up when we can be confident that further access to this area won't be threatened.

Climbing Season

For the Portland & The Gorge area.

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',1],['5.12',6],['5.13',9],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rat Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rat Cave:
Pissfire   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Enchilada A La Carte   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Warm Up   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 70'   
The Mavrick   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Held Down   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 65'   
Dorkboat   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 70'   
Horizontal Delite   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 30'   
The Stiffler   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport   
Kings of Rat   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
ShitFire   5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 70'   
Boxcar   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 45'   
TuffNerd   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 70'   
Freakshow   5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 65'   
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Featured Route For Rat Cave
Rock Climbing Photo: Warm up topo

Warm Up 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  OR : Portland & The Gorge : Rat Cave
This route is considered the warm up at the Rat Cave. The crux comes at the beginning, a long lock off utilizing an undercling pinch to another pinch. The route follows a small left leaning channel to the first set of anchors (12a). Continue on and head straight up past another 2 bolts through more lock offs and pinches....[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

Photos of Rat Cave Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Shawn O'Connor. freesolophotography.com/
Photo by Shawn O'Connor. freesolophotography.com/
Rock Climbing Photo: On the cave "Project" 5.13+/5.14-
On the cave "Project" 5.13+/5.14-

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By Eric Brown
From: Corvallis, oregon
Nov 6, 2006
One small correction: The R.C seeps in the winter, so saying it is climable year-round is not quite correct. April-November is a likely scenario.
By Ryan Palo
From: Bend, oregon
Mar 13, 2008
New line going in left of Horizontal. Expect steep and fun.
By Peter Franzen
Administrator
From: Phoenix, AZ
Aug 20, 2012
AKA "The Office" and "The Matt Cave"
By Sean Denny
From: Irvine
Jul 28, 2013
Any news on the aforementioned access concerns?

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