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Lost Honeycomb 0 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
North Comb 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
South Comb 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 1,330 ft
GPS: 43.322, -122.966 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Erik Keever on Jul 12, 2017
Admins: Micah Klesick, Nate Ball
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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. 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 BLM land, quiet and secluded among the forest trees and overlooking the North Umpqua in the valley below. 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."

Welcome to the temperate Oregon forest. Bring DEET and be ready to put it on the second you leave the car. There's a LOT of damn skeeters at the parking area sometimes (but few at the crags, thankfully). Ticks are present, but very rarely carry Lyme.
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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 with a plowed-up roadhead; 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. Continue onwards and you will reach South Comb. Hang right, hugging North Comb, and you'll head for Forbidden Comb.

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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

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