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These basalt columns are on the rimrock on the West side of the river. Due to their location they receive shade almost all day and make for a great place to escape the sun.
From the turnaround at the northern end of the parking area head East to the rim. Find a place where there are detached pillars and a rebar ladder going down a chimney. Climb down this chimney and head upriver (southeast). After crossing a large slide of small boulders you'll see the start of many pillars that are the lower gorge.
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Crack-A-No-Go 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c PG13 OR : Smith Rock : ... : Catwalk Cliff
This thin seam just right of Cruel Sister probably gets TR'ed more than any route in the gorge. Although the copious amounts of chalk on this route make it less asthetic it is still an elegent line that makes for a worthy endeavor. The crux is more cryptic than difficult and finding the right pro can be dubious too....[more] Browse More Classics in OR
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