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3rd Landing 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Lost Dog Wall 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Playground, The 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Schoolroom Cracks 6 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Second Landing, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 3,299 ft
GPS: 45.405, -121.568 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: elmo mecsko on Nov 6, 2006
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

Description

Large basalt/rhyolite wall located on the East side of Mount Hood with 35+ traditional routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.11+.
There are lots of nice cracks here that take protection very well. A standard rack will do the trick on most all the routes.
Pay attention to the wood signs that point out the Non-Climbing areas. DO NOT CLIMB IN THESE AREAS! This is due to an endangered plant species and there is a good relationship between the NFS and the climbing comunity.

Getting There

Take Hwy. 35 South from Hood River for 23 miles to a dirt pull out on the East side of highway. 10 minute approach heads uphill to the base of the wall.

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das1405
Portland
das1405   Portland
Went out to Pete's for early season climb and all the above comments still are true. Beautiful place to climb however the rock has significant moss growth. The climbs are super fun though. With a serious clean/scrub effort there could be so many climbs here. Go check it out!
...that poor bench really needs some help May 2, 2016
elmo mecsko
Lyle, Washington
elmo mecsko   Lyle, Washington
Nate, It is great to hear that you have been spending time up at Pete's! Any work cleaning cracks & establishing new routes is very cool. Feel free to give me a shout (drop me an email) and I can get you any historic info & any beta you may need. Ive been wanting to do a run up K9 Shanghai yet this Autumn so I will be looking for people to do that with if you are interested. Cheers Oct 25, 2014
Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
This is a sweet-ass trad zone. Views of Mt. Hood's elusive east side and the rushing Hood River below. Splitter basalt columns an hour-and-a-half from Portland. Unknown predecessors have already put up a score of great climbs which are badly in need of some TLC. A crew of us will hopefully be doing some work up there in the next few months - fortifying trails, cleaning cracks, trundling widow-makers, and putting in new lines. If anybody has any questions or knows who to contact about this, please let me know.

Traditionalists, expect good things to come! Sep 13, 2014
berl
Seattle
berl   Seattle
this area was published in the 2006 Falcon guide for Oregon- check google books if you don't want to pony up for the paper version. Jul 27, 2012
PDub-Trad
Corvallis, Oregon
PDub-Trad   Corvallis, Oregon
T_jones,

less concern on the hiding tip - its in a guide! - northwestoregonrock.com

Its a quality spot and the publishing is a good transtion for the area. Jul 26, 2012
T_jones
Salt Lake
T_jones   Salt Lake
This area is decent at best with a lot of potential. Why are you locals trying to hide this??? Some more traffic would go a long way in a place like this for cleaning it up some more.

A surprising amount of newly bolted moderate routes, and plenty of cracks. Don't miss the right fork on the trail to head up to the crag. Aug 4, 2009
will.hanson
Seattle, WA
will.hanson   Seattle, WA
Lots of moss growth on some of the walls/routes. Not much loose rock, but the belayer would probably appreciate a helmet for some of the rock/moss/sand detritus that inevitably gets knocked loose. Sunglasses to keep the moss out of the eyes is also a good idea.

Trail very dusty mid-summer. A kind soul left a tarp to help keep ropes dust free. Necessary to keep your rope even semi-clean.

P.S This place is amazing. Innumerable thanks to the developers. Jul 31, 2008
This area is BEAUTIFUL!!!! The views are amazing and the area is very clean. The no climbing signs are clear yet they should be a bit bigger. The trail going past the no-climb are is overgrown and it may be a good idea to move it a bit downhill to avoid that area all together. Some of the routes are very mossy but overall the area is amazing!!!! Aug 20, 2007

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