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This tucked away crag hosts Portland's highest concentration of difficult sport climbing. The routes range from steep to wildly overhanging. The climbing is very beta-intensive making the grades feel quite sandbag. Do not let this distract you, the movement its self is awesome. All of the routes require endurance, great route finding skills, and patience.
All of the Routes can be climbed all year round regardless of the weather.
Due to access concerns, the handlers of this area have requested that the directions be removed from this site. I'll be sure to put the information back up when we can be confident that further access to this area won't be threatened.
Climbing Season For the Portland & The Gorge area.
Weather station 3.0 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Rat Cave
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rat Cave:
Pissfire 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 50'
Warm Up 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 70'
The Mavrick 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Dorkboat 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 70'
ShitFire 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport, 70'
TuffNerd 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport, 70'
Boxcar 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport, 45'
Freakshow 5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport, 65'
Featured Route For Rat Cave
Freakshow 5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Oregon
: Portland & The Gorge
: Rat Cave
Start up Enchilada A La Carte for the first three bolts 12-, the head straight up insted of following the left leaning weakness. The first few moves off the seam involve a tough sequence of powerful crimper lockoffs to a desperate toss to a marginal sloper (12+ish). Make a clip off a shitty slopper pinch, then enter the crux. A series of desperate pulls off slopers at 30 degrees overhanging. This follows for two bolts (roughly V10). Unlike Tuffnerd, this route lacks a decent rest before its pum...[more] Browse More Classics in Oregon
By Eric Brown
From: Corvallis, oregon
Nov 6, 2006
One small correction: The R.C seeps in the winter, so saying it is climable year-round is not quite correct. April-November is a likely scenario.
By Ryan Palo
From: Bend, oregon
Mar 13, 2008
New line going in left of Horizontal. Expect steep and fun.
By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Aug 20, 2012
AKA "The Office" and "The Matt Cave"
By Sean Denny
Jul 28, 2013
Any news on the aforementioned access concerns?