Elevation: 35 ft
GPS: 45.575, -122.138 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ryan Palo on Oct 25, 2006
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

Description

This tucked away crag hosts Portland's highest concentration of difficult sport climbing. The routes range from steep to wildly overhanging. The climbing is very beta-intensive making the grades feel quite sandbag. Do not let this distract you, the movement itself is awesome. All of the routes require endurance, great route finding skills, and patience.

All of the Routes can be climbed all year round regardless of the weather.

Getting There

Due to access concerns, the handlers of this area have requested that the directions be removed from this site. I'll be sure to put the information back up when we can be confident that further access to this area won't be threatened.

17 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rat Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 19
Pissfire
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 19
Enchilada A La Carte
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 20
Warm Up
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 10
The Mavrick
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 8
Dorkboat
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 7
The Stiffler
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 4
Horizontal Delite
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 8
Kings of Rat
Sport
5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
 7
ShitFire
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 5
TuffNerd
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 5
Boxcar
Sport
5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 3
Freakshow
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pissfire
 19
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Enchilada A La Carte
 19
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Warm Up
 20
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Mavrick
 10
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Dorkboat
 8
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
The Stiffler
 7
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Horizontal Delite
 4
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Kings of Rat
 8
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
ShitFire
 7
5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport
TuffNerd
 5
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Boxcar
 5
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Freakshow
 3
5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
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Eric Brown
Corvallis, oregon
Eric Brown   Corvallis, oregon
One small correction: The R.C seeps in the winter, so saying it is climable year-round is not quite correct. April-November is a likely scenario. Nov 6, 2006
Ryan Palo
Bend, oregon
Ryan Palo   Bend, oregon
New line going in left of Horizontal. Expect steep and fun. Mar 13, 2008
Peter Franzen
Phoenix, AZ
Peter Franzen   Phoenix, AZ  
AKA "The Office" and "The Matt Cave" Aug 20, 2012
Sean Denny
Irvine
Sean Denny   Irvine
Any news on the aforementioned access concerns? Jul 28, 2013
Anyone climb here after the fires? Is it safe or choss? May 21, 2018