Skinner Butte (aka The Columns) Rock Climbing
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Micah Klesick, Nate Ball
History (Admin Only): Nate Ball handled an improvement for this area Apr 14, 2019 View all 4
Nate Ball edited "Description" Jun 27, 2019
Nate Ball handled an improvement for this area Jun 27, 2019
Nate Ball edited this area Jul 19, 2019
The Columns get afternoon to evening sun and can be crowded with the after-work crowds. It is a great place to practice crack-technique and leading. The routes mostly range from 5.6 to 5.12 but the locals will tell you about the "off" holds and variations to make the climbs more challenging.
Important note: The route-name board and ratings were done by someone who doesn't climb at The Columns (name omitted so as not to publicly shame him). Some of the ratings are therefore incorrect, both high and low. Also, many routes are missing from the board because the city's guide-writer didn't know that they exist. For Example: Rat Snake head, 5.12c R and Viagra, 5.11b. Trust Tom Rogers' old guide with ratings by Alan Watts (of Smith Rock fame).
Finally, while the rock here is generally solid, occasionally the rock might break off. A few years back a large block came off the top of the route "Limp Dick." As a result, the right half of the crag has detestable chainlink fence over it. Luckily the best climbs remain open.
Classic Climbing Routes at Skinner Butte (aka The Columns)
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