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(v) Monument Area Rock Climbing 


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  • Description 

    The Monument area is a lesser-visited part of Smith with a lot of adventurous routes (read: chossy) obscuring a few true gems tucked away in the towers. It's worth noting that even the gems are typically of a more adventurous nature than your average route. The past few years has seen increased development and various new 5.11-12 single pitch sport climbs have been put up at the base of some of the formations. The area is comprised of the Cajun Cliff, Victoria Tower, London Tower, Big Ben, Little Three Fingered Jack, Puddy's Tower, The Monument, Liberty Bell, and Juniper Spire.

    Getting There 

    Take a right at the bridge following the Wolf Tree Trail. (route to the Marsupials) There are various trails branching off left to different towers as you go. Pick the one that looks like it's taking you to your destination.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 7.6 miles from here

    30 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',2],['5.10',10],['5.11',3],['5.12',10],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in (v) Monument Area

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for (v) Monument Area:
    Snow Bunny    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   (4) The Monument : The Monument Base Area
    Approaching The Twilight   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   (4) The Monument : The Monument Base Area
    Entry Fee    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   (4) The Monument : The Hank Collins Memorial W...
    Praying Mantel   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   (4) The Monument : The Monument Base Area
    The Safe Zone   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   (1) Victoria Tower
    The Good Die Young   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   (4) The Monument : The Hank Collins Memorial W...
    A Little Tease   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   (4) The Monument : The Hank Collins Memorial W...
    Mossy Tits   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   (1) Victoria Tower
    You Break It You Buy It   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   (3) Big Ben Tower
    Tombstone Crack   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   (4) The Monument : The Monument Base Area
    Hanky Panky   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   (4) The Monument : The Hank Collins Memorial W...
    Alpen Symphony   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   (3) Big Ben Tower
    A Big Tease    5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   (4) The Monument : The Hank Collins Memorial W...
    Tommy TwoTone   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   (4) The Monument : The Hank Collins Memorial W...
    Sweet as Hank   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   (4) The Monument : The Hank Collins Memorial W...
    Hank Collins Memorial Route   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   (4) The Monument : The Hank Collins Memorial W...
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    Featured Route For (v) Monument Area
    Rock Climbing Photo: high-stepping through the 2nd crux.

    Hank Collins Memorial Route 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  Oregon : Smith Rock : ... : The Hank Collins Memorial W...
    The Hank Collins Memorial Route rides straight up the most eye-catching feature on the wall. The beginning of the route starts on grey rock that is deceivingly solid. Big moves off small crimps lead to a prominent S-shaped dihedral followed by a scooping roof. Here is where the wall begins to be smooth as marble in most places. Work your way through the fun and cruiser moves of the dihedral and begin the 2 crux's, one after the other! Powerful moves and steep terrain lead to ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Oregon

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    By Chris Hatzai
    From: Bend, Oregon
    Feb 16, 2017
    The Monument and surrounding climbing areas are CLOSED for seasonal bird nesting.

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