Elevation: 480 ft
GPS: 44.058, -123.097 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Karsten Duncan on Jan 25, 2006 with improvements by Dylan Colon and 1 other
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

Description

This popular wall is located in the heart of Eugene minutes from Elevation climbing gym, The Crux climbing gym, REI, and downtown pubs and restaurants. Despite its small size it has a great concentration of cracks. The basalt columns are all trad and TR lines that average 47 feet and have many nice bolted anchors and chains at top.

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.

Getting There

Located in Downtown Eugene at 2nd and Lincoln. The approach is 30sec from your car.

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