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Forbidden Comb 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Hilbert Space Comb 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Lost Honeycomb 0 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
North Comb 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
South Comb 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Elevation: 2,509 ft
GPS: 43.327, -122.957 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Erik Keever on Jul 12, 2017 with updates from Southwest Oregon Climbers Coalition
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick
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Description

A collection of small volcanic spires east of Roseburg offering mostly single-pitch sport climbs, with a handful of multipitch routes to their summits, nestled among the beautiful forest hillside. The rock is welded tuff much resemblant of Smith Rock. Most established routes are currently 5.10 and below, but there is definitely potential for more difficult routes: Several faces could feature overhanging thuggery between jug pockets.

The downhill side of South Comb offers a fascinating bouldering "tube" that smoothly runs from slab to steep.

The combs sit on the edge of a privately owned/BLM border, which runs either right in front of or through North Comb. South Comb is on private land (be nice, leave no trace, don't block the access road). The base of the Combs used to be a forest and eventually will be again. Peregrine falcons nest on the formations in spring and they ought be left alone from February till mid June. The Honeycombs and the rest of Umpqua-area climbing are covered in Greg Orton's "Rock Climbing Western Oregon: Umpqua."

The crag is in the temperate Oregon forest. Have DEET and be ready to put it on pronto if necessary. There's a LOT of goddamnmosquitos at the parking area sometimes (but few at the crags, thankfully). Ticks are present, but rarely carry Lyme.

Getting There

From Roseburg, get onto 138 eastbound (towards Crater Lake). Pass several towns/stops. After the river bridge watch for milepost 23, very shortly afterwards the sign for "BLM RD 26-2-7" shows up.

Hang a left onto the initially steep gravel road. Hang left at the first Y, left then right (stay on the curve) at the next sharp turns, straight, then right at the next Y.

After some relatively flat/straight driving for a change, you'll see a right turn onto a road with a large yellow gate blocking vehicle entrance; This is the parking spot and the lat/long given for the area.

Walk down the blocked road and onto the trail: You will encounter Northern Comb to your right after a few minutes. There are a few climbs at the lower belay stations on the East Side of the North Comb. Continue onwards and you will reach South Comb. Hang right, hugging North Comb, and you'll head for Forbidden Comb.

You can also continue on the new road all the way to the South Comb or the base of the North Comb.

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Roseburg, OR
gso Orton   Roseburg, OR
Lone Rock has been blasting a road down to the South Comb
with a landing on both sides of the rock.
Based on my conversation with them three weeks ago, the road should be done about now and access open to climbers until they begin logging operations, possibly in the Spring.
The guy living in the trailer is their watchman. If he's there talk with him and let him know your climbing. An interesting guy to talk with. A good subject for breaking the ice would be to ask him about rappelling out of helicopters in Nam. Until we know for sure they have moved out for the season, your best bet will be on weekends when the crews are not working.
Also, with all the trees being cut around the rock there are lots of new lines showing, crying for first ascents. Oct 19, 2017
Left three BD draws on 11ish route in the hemicylinder on North Comb. Thought I could get them back from the top. Gonna come back in a few weeks. Bolts on that route are sketchy though. Not recommended May 13, 2018
hbert  
I don't think it's still closed, I asked a local ranger (didn't know) and didn't see any signs. May 23, 2018
It is open to climb. I left some draws on a route -see comment below. Went back to take them down last weekend, but someone has stolen them, really? May 29, 2018
Potentially left a pair of Anasazi VCS’s in front of south comb. Based in Eugene, if someone happens to see them I will make it worth your while! Jun 19, 2018

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