The Bend Rock Climbing
|GPS:||46.718, -120.83 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||andyf on Mar 10, 2007|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick|
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DescriptionOriginally 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 ThereAbout 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.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Bend
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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