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Rat Cave  


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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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.9 miles from here

17 Total 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',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 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Enchilada A La Carte   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Warm Up   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 70'   
The Mavrick   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Dorkboat   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   
Held Down   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 65'   
The Stiffler   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport   
Horizontal Delite   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 30'   
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
Philip on the cave project. Originally bolted by Ian

Boxcar 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a  OR : Portland & The Gorge : Rat Cave
A wildly overhanging project. It begins at the back of the cave. Move up on slacktites to marginal pinches. Horizontal climbing for the next 30 feet awaits. Opposition and kneebars are the key to pulling this section. Pulling the lip seems to give most people problems....[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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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
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?