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Classic Route T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
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Type: Trad, 150 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Raymond Conway, April 11, 1915
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Shared By: Mike Zasadzien on May 20, 2014
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

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Route starts with a 4th-class scramble up the left and curves to the right where you can find two sets of bolted anchors. There is now a single bolt along the way before reaching the chains. The older ones on the left is where most start or you can choose to move over to the newer ones, and begin their trad climb up and to the right in the obvious rock gulch; continuously curving rightwards. Towards the top you hit a ridge and cut back left to the anchor chains. Trad pitch is approximately 70 feet in length.

Can be rapped with double 60m ropes all the way back to the trail[50s barely touch the ground]; although be very wary since it has a tendency to get stuck[bring the knot over the lip, and flake the two strands in seperate notches]. Can also be done with two rappels using the intermediate anchors.


In front of the tree. Obvious scramble to first anchor.


Pro to 2" ; Bolted Anchor after 4th class scramble. Second new bolted anchor to its right. Anchor with rappel chains at the top.


Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
Rappel off the summit via long chain (weird setup, huh?) to shiny new ClimbX bolt anchors. Rappel again down the bolted approach pitch. No problem.

The view is incredible up here. Although the climbing is super easy, and the setting far from pristine, you get clear views of some of the Gorge's most iconic features. Vista Point, Beacon Rock, Multnomah Falls... every local traditionalist should sit atop the Cock at some point.

Not sure about the legality of it, but it would be easier/cheaper to just park on the shoulder and hop the guardrail to the short approach trail. Otherwise it's $5 and a 5 minute walk. Aug 14, 2014
David J. Thompson
Hood River
David J. Thompson   Hood River
I park in a pullout on I84 about 1/8th mile east of the pinnacle. Jun 24, 2015
Dallas R
Traveling the USA
Dallas R   Traveling the USA
We tried Just shy of the tip. There was so much dust/choss on the route we couldn't keep our feet under us. To bad we couldn't find the brush.

So we moved over to the classic route. Found two bolts to the anchor. Easy transition to the new anchor. Started up the second pitch. Second placement was a nut in a crack, as it was getting placed yellow jackets started spewing forth. Abandoned placement and quickly scrambled up. Easy to do, it was 5.4. Poor second had to get the nut out of the wasps nest. In his haste miss-clipped the nut tool. Free nut tool to whoever can find it. No stings attached.

Missed the left turn to go to the anchors, wound up on the arĂȘte. ArĂȘte was easier climb. Really odd chain anchors. Set in concrete footie, in line. Decided it was ok to rap off the end of the single chain as it was tied into 3 footings. Locking biner with purple tape was stuck in the chain. Sideways so is unusable.

Rapped to new anchor, rapped to ground. 60m rope. Jul 1, 2015
Christopher D. Walsh
Index, WA
Christopher D. Walsh   Index, WA
Wasps are still there, in an obvious crack that might seem like a great handhold for some. Couple of rocks that look great for gear but would blow right off in a fall. Climbed right at the top as well, great exposure for the low level of commitment. Aug 3, 2015
David Currie  
Climbed the route last weekend and had a great time. Even though it isn't the most challenging or clean route, the opportunity to practice climbing multiple pitches along with the views make it well worth it.

Bring a few slings for optional placements through some tunnels in the rock that worked well for me. May 11, 2017
das1405   Portland
there are 2 bolts on the first pitch, 4th class scramble. which seems smart, even though it is a super mellow scramble, i didn't see much opportunity to place pro. wouldn't you feel stupid if you feel off and died on a 4th class ramp? Jun 7, 2017
Portland, OR
Great mellow route with scenic view from the top. The first pitch is now entirely bolted with a great set of anchors at the top. Second pitch offers a few chances for bomber cam placements, but be careful about placing a cam behind one of the many loose flakes/blocks. I think I placed a #3, 1 and .75 camalot and a #12&10 nut. I extended all placements and next time bring would bring an extra sling or two to put around one of the big flakes on the spine before the summit to reduce the chance of a big pendulum for the follower. Also, do not bother with bringing two ropes to rappel to the ground unless you have very skinny twin ropes. I rappelled second on a 10.2mm and a 9.9mm joined with a EDK and was unable to pull the ropes down due friction from a ledge and the rusty chains at the second anchor. Had to fix one end around a tree and then rope solo up the other end before rappelling in two sections on a single 70 meter rope anyways -- a 60m would probably work as well. Not the biggest deal, just pretty inconvenient and made me late for work May 23, 2018
There are now two bolts on the scramble/traverse across to the anchors. The new anchors are further right than the old ones. Don't use the old anchors as they are loose. Its easy to get the knot in your rope stuck when pulling down after the rappel, you are best off rapping down a few feet then clipping in direct so you can pull the knot down past the notch. Oct 8, 2018

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