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Areas in The Bend

Bend Center 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Bend North 15 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Bend West 13 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
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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.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 41
Ed's Jam
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 24
Tiers
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 19
MX
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 19
Salmon Song
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Introductory Offer
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
Reckoning
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Seizure
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 33
Pure Joy
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 14
Sugar Kicks
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Ambient Domain
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
House Rules
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 14
Living for the City
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
Winds of Change
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 6
C.I.A. (Central Inquisition of Attitu…
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 7
Tragically Hip
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ed's Jam Bend Center
 41
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Tiers Bend West
 24
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
MX Bend Center
 19
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Salmon Song Bend West
 19
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Introductory Offer Bend Center
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Reckoning Bend West
 22
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Seizure Bend Center
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Pure Joy Bend West
 33
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Sugar Kicks Bend West
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Ambient Domain Bend West
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
House Rules Bend West
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Living for the City Bend North
 14
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Winds of Change Bend North
 4
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
C.I.A. (Central Inquisition… Bend West
 6
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Tragically Hip Bend West
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
geoff georges   Seattle, Wa.
WARNING: DANGER : ALERT : WARNING : MAJOR CAR BREAK INS ARE HAPPENING ALONG HIGHWAY 12. We were one of 4 cars hit at the Bend area 7/8/2018, I don't know about other areas but many were hit at the parking on the road for Royal Columns too. 7 days ago

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