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The Oregon Badlands Wilderness offers a unique experience of isolated, secluded volcanic basalt climbing in a high desert wilderness setting. Much of the exposed basalt cliffs are the interiors of cracked volcanic pressure ridges, called tumuli, or open labyrinth-like cracks in the ground. The Oregon Badlands Wilderness offers the classic high desert environment, for all that might be loved and loathed for climbing based on the season — dry, sandy, flat expanses of sagebrush and ancient western juniper woodlands atop Columbia River Basalts.
Head East out of Bend on US Highway 20 for about 17 miles. There are two signed turn-offs on your left for the Oregon Badlands Wilderness. The first is for the Flatiron Rock Trail - best for climbing at Flatiron Rock and Castle. The second signed turnoff is for Badlands Rock Trail — best for the climbing at Badlands Rock, Castle, The Drive In and The South Wall. The trails are very flat and wide, but consist of tiring soft sand.
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As You Wish 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 OR : The Badlands : Castle
Head straight up the face following the flake-like edge around the cave with your hands. Top out is pretty high, but the rock had nice ledges and pockets, making this fun and comfortable despite the height....[more] Browse More Classics in OR
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