Royal Columns, Yakima, WA Closure

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Kevin L. Young · Apr 28, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 0

Royal column was closed due to a column failure.  Looks like x-factor, cutting edge, cross eyed and painless and possibly orange sunshine may be gone.  The closure sign is dated today April 28, 2017

we were not able to hike in.  

Jon Nelson · Apr 28, 2017 · Bellingham, WA · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 4,505

Thanks for the report. 

Others on the Royal Columns page have reported that a column fell over, the column with 'Stress management' and 'Price of complacency'. 

Hans Martin · Apr 28, 2017 · Seattle · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 0

What do you mean by gone? Those you listed are the best of the columns. The bend still has great stuf though. 

Jplotz · Apr 28, 2017 · Wenatchee, WA · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 485

No way!! A basalt column toppled?! No way. I don't believe it. 

Why the closure?  Frenchman's would have a permanent closure if they closed it each time a column fell over. 


andyf · Apr 28, 2017 · Tacoma, WA · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 1,448

The routes from Cutting Edge to Orange Sunshine are not "gone," but the detached pillar that had Price of Complacency and Stress Management did topple early this morning.  From looking at a photo sent by a friend, it looks like the pillar fell to the right (in the direction POC leaned).  Looks like there's some scarring low down on the surrounding faces, but hard to tell how extensive or whether it affects any other routes.  One thing is clear:  it looks like the pillar hit the boulder at the base of Thriller Pillar, because that thing is gone!

Joe Sexton · Apr 28, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined 22 days ago · Points: 0

Jon is correct it looks like the column with stress management came down. Best I can tell from the below photo X-factor, Orange Sunshine and Crosseyed and Painless may still be intact. 

slim · Apr 30, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2004 · Points: 890

damn, i just climbed all of those routes a month or so ago. didn't seem any chossier than any other similar routes i have been on lately.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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