Elevation: 1,983 ft
GPS: 46.71777, -120.82976
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Shared By: andyf on Mar 10, 2007
Admins: Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters
Access Issue: Currently closed (2021) due to nesting eagles. Details

Description

Originally dubbed "The Crackhouse," the Bend is a small paradise for 5.10 tradsters. There are scores of fine finger and hand cracks, including some two-pitch routes. There are only a few sport routes, although one of them (Tragically Hip, 5.11c) is one of the best pure arete liebacking routes in the state.

Somewhat remarkably, the Bend was ignored for years by Tieton climbers. The first recorded exploration didn't happen until 1987. Most of the 70 or so routes were developed in a two-year flurry that followed.

Getting There

About a mile west of the Royal Columns, perched above a bend of the river.

Park in a gravel lot next to a metal Quonset hut (Discover Pass required), or on the shoulder of the highway if you don't have a Discover Pass. From the parking area, follow an obvious trail west to a suspension footbridge over the Tieton River, then turn left on the Tieton Nature Trail. After a short distance, take a right fork up to the cliff.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Bend

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 38
Eat a Peach
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 79
Ed's Jam
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 38
Tiers
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 39
Hallowed Ground
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 42
MX
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 27
Salmon Song
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Treatment Bound
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 41
Reckoning
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Seizure
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 49
Pure Joy
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 21
Sugar Kicks
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 26
Living for the City
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 13
C.I.A. (Central Inquisition of A…
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 14
Tragically Hip
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 7
Community Project
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Eat a Peach Bend North
 38
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Ed's Jam Bend Center
 79
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Tiers Bend West
 38
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Hallowed Ground Bend West
 39
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
MX Bend Center
 42
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Salmon Song Bend West
 27
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Treatment Bound Bend West
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Reckoning Bend West
 41
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Seizure Bend Center
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Pure Joy Bend West
 49
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Sugar Kicks Bend West
 21
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Living for the City Bend North
 26
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
C.I.A. (Central Inquisition… Bend West
 13
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Tragically Hip Bend West
 14
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Community Project Bend Center
 7
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
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