BETA PHOTO: The Bend
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.
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.
Weather station 9.7 miles from here
28 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]
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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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