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Bad Makeup (5.11c/5.9) S 
Breaking Through the Layers S 
Edge of the World S 
Indian Summer T 
Licorice Line T 
Pillar of Destiny S 
Rainy Day Surprise T 
Shooting Star T 
Supernova T 
Updraft from Hell T 
Zen-ith T,TR 

Stratosphere Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 625'
Location: 45.56425, -122.21481 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Micah Klesick on Jun 14, 2014
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This small cliff is about 60' tall and 250' long, with climbs ranging from 35'-60' tall. There is currently 10 climbs on it, with some in the works, and with room for many more. Cliff is still in active development at this time. New routes will be going over the next year. Keep an eye on this page for info on them!
Cliff will hold about 30 climbs when done being developed. Same cliff band as Ozone and Farside/Dropzone, just further west. Similar style of climbing. Most of the cliff is in the direct sunlight, (faces south) and dries out very quickly due to sun and wind. It can be an excellent place to climb right after a rain storm when other cliffs are still wet. Excellent spot for dry winter days.

Getting There 

Park at the west Ozone parking, and walk down the trail until you see a trail going down and cutting back to the west. Follow this trail for about 10 minutes to the cliff.
Be warned that there is poison oak growing along the trail at this time. Plans are in the works to build a good solid trail this fall. If you want to help with this (or help with new routes), please message me.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Stratosphere

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stratosphere:
Licorice Line   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   
Supernova   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 60'   
Rainy Day Surprise   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 60'   
Edge of the World   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 45'   
Breaking Through the Layers   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Bad Makeup (5.11c/5.9)   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Stratosphere
Rock Climbing Photo: Breaking Through the Layers, Zenith, Supernova.

Zen-ith 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Washington : Southwest Cascades : Stratosphere
Zen-ith is a great route with just enough spice to make it amazing. Head up the arete to the first bolt of "Breaking Through the Layers", and continue up and right into a nice fingers/thin hands crack. Continue up to where the crack gets wide and then ends. Place a final piece of gear in the crack, and make a move to a jug up on the right, where you can then clip a bolt on the upper face. The business starts here. Make a sustained series of slow and calculated move...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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Rock Climbing Photo: Chris on Zen-ith (5.11b)
Chris on Zen-ith (5.11b)
Rock Climbing Photo: Hanz cleaning Breaking Through the Layers.
Hanz cleaning Breaking Through the Layers.
Rock Climbing Photo: GFA of Updraft from Hell. Photo by Rob Holzman
GFA of Updraft from Hell. Photo by Rob Holzman
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By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
Jun 19, 2016
There is now a newly released and most up-to-date guidebook that contains Ozone, Farside/Dropzone, and Stratosphere. It has been released via Rakkup and can be obtained at

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