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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.


19 Total Routes


['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',3],['5.12',7],['5.13',8],['>=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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rat Cave:
Pissfire   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Enchilada A La Carte   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Warm Up   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 70'   
The Mavrick   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Held Down   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 65'   
Dorkboat   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 70'   
The Stiffler   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport   
Kings of Rat   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Horizontal Delite   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c     Sport, 30'   
ShitFire   5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- E7 6c     Sport, 70'   
Boxcar   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a     Sport, 45'   
TuffNerd   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a     Sport, 70'   
Freakshow   5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ E8 7a     Sport, 65'   
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TuffNerd 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a  OR : Rat Cave
Begin with a double hands double heels on a slacktite. Move into a series of sidepulls using OK edges. The crux is moving off of two sloper at midway to an OK undercling, followed by a series of lockoff gastons. The climbing doesn't ease from there, as it remains extremely pumpy all the way to the anchors. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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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
Jan 25, 2007

Two new lines are on their way up. One in between pissfire and the warm up. The other to the left of Tuffnerd.

By Ryan Palo
From: Bend, oregon
Mar 13, 2008

New line going in left of Horizontal. Expect steep and fun.

By Philip Scoles
From: bum fuck, Oregon
Jan 14, 2009

IT's so WET right NOW!!!

No p=town climbing till everything dry's out.

By Peter Franzen
Administrator
From: Phoenix, AZ
Aug 20, 2012

AKA "The Office" and "The Matt Cave"

By Sean Denny
From: Portland
Jul 28, 2013

Any news on the aforementioned access concerns?