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Description 

Originally dubbed "The Crackhouse," the Bend is a small paradise for 5.10 tradsters. There are scores of fine finger and hand cracks, including some two-pitch routes. There are only a few sport routes, although one of them (Tragically Hip, 5.11c) is one of the best pure arete liebacking routes in the state.

Somewhat remarkably, the Bend was ignored for years by Tieton climbers. The first recorded exploration didn't happen until 1987. Most of the 70 or so routes were developed in a two-year flurry that followed.

Getting There 

About a mile west of the Royal Columns, perched above a bend of the river.

Park in a gravel lot next to a metal Quonset hut (WDFW parking decal required), or on the shoulder of the highway if you don't have a decal. From the parking area, follow an obvious trail west to a suspension footbridge over the Tieton River, then turn left on the Tieton Nature Trail. After a short distance, take a right fork up to the cliff.

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.7 miles from here

43 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',5],['5.8',6],['5.9',7],['5.10',22],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',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 The Bend

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Bend:
Ed's Jam   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   Bend Center
Another One Bites the Dust   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Bend West
Peace, Love and Rope   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 200'   Bend Center
Tiers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Bend West
Salmon Song   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Bend West
MX   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   Bend Center
Introductory Offer   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Bend Center
Reckoning   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Bend West
Pure Joy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad   Bend West
Sugar Kicks   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Bend West
Living for the City   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Bend North
Winds of Change   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Bend North
Tragically Hip   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   Bend West
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Rock Climbing Photo: Ambrose floating past the crux.

Ambient Domain 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  WA : Tieton River : ... : Bend West
This large, looming dihedral may not be as clean as Pure Joy or have as many killer locks as Sugar Kicks, but it does add a nice diverse route to this great crag. Fingers, stemming, and some face climbing make this a sweet route - with a thought provoking crux....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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By Tuck Russell
Mar 19, 2015
CONDITION REPORT 
Currently closed for Golden Eagle nesting. Will probably reopen in May. This happens every few years. Last few years they've cut us a break by nesting in between the Bend and Royal Columns, but not this season.
By Tuck Russell
Apr 13, 2015
CONDITION REPORT 
Bend is Open. Apparently someone moved the sign from the east of the crag to the west. Land manager is moving it back today.

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