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Short Multipitch Sport Climbs Near Portland?


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Geordi Alm · · Mesa · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 5

Hi all,

I'm flying into the area in two weeks to climb with my girlfriend for the weekend... I'm hoping to take her on her first multipitch climb, but I'm not having much luck finding any crags that facilitate this. Does anyone know of some short multipitch routes around the area? I lead moderate 11's and she's around 9+/10-. 

Thanks for reading!

Geordi

Mike Brady · · Van Diesel, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 679

Carver has a few routes that fit the bill. Not "real" multi pitch routes but they are short and can be climbed in that manner as there are intermediate anchors. 

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/rites-of-passage/106277098

A cool link-up would be Out on a Limb into the upper section of Rites of Passage. This would actually make a legit 2 pitch route. Rites of Passage on it own is a good line too.

Another good one would be Smerk into the route (10c ish) above New Generation. https://www.mountainproject.com/v/smerk/106457061


Ozone wall in the gorge has a couple routes that can be made into multiple pitches as well.


Mike Brady · · Van Diesel, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 679

I should note that if you do Out on a Limb you have to climb about 30-35 feet at 5.5ish unprotected (unless you have trad gear) and your first piece of fixed gear is an old piton. If you can make it work it is worth it IMO....but I really like that route.

Drederek · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2004 · Points: 315

GumbyZionZebra at Smith

Geordi Alm · · Mesa · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 5

Thanks Mike! That's a good area. Does anyone else have any suggestions? It's looking to me that most of the pristine climbing is going to be at Smith Rock, and the other stuff around Portland is kind of hit or miss... does that seem accurate? 

Mike Brady · · Van Diesel, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 679

Portland is stacked with so so cragging. But it actually has quite a bit what you are looking for.......short multi-pitch. oh by the way you need to sign a waiver and pay a nominal fee to climb at Carver. http://www.carverclimbingclub.org/

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