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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

28 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',4],['5.8',6],['5.9',5],['5.10',12],['5.11',1],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bend:
Private Passion   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Bend West
Ed's Jam   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   Bend Center
Hallowed Ground   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Bend West
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
Treatment Bound   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Bend West
MX   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   Bend Center
Local Knowledge   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Bend Center
Reckoning   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Bend West
Milk Truck   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   Bend North
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
Tragically Hip   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   Bend West
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Featured Route For The Bend
Jon at the start of Pure Joy (upper left crack) and Reckoning (upper right crack).

Reckoning 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  WA : Tieton River : ... : Bend West
Both Reckoning and Pure Joy share the same start. Begin in the easier crack, then climb the very nice finger crack on the right side of the broken column (left is Pure Joy, .10c). Rock quality is very good, as is gear....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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