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The Bend Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Originally dubbed "The Crackhouse," the Bend is a small paradise for 5.10 tradsters. There are scores of fine finger and hand cracks, including some two-pitch routes. There are only a few sport routes, although one of them (Tragically Hip, 5.11c) is one of the best pure arete liebacking routes in the state.

Somewhat remarkably, the Bend was ignored for years by Tieton climbers. The first recorded exploration didn't happen until 1987. Most of the 70 or so routes were developed in a two-year flurry that followed.

Getting There 

About a mile west of the Royal Columns, perched above a bend of the river.

Park in a gravel lot next to a metal Quonset hut (WDFW parking decal required), or on the shoulder of the highway if you don't have a decal. From the parking area, follow an obvious trail west to a suspension footbridge over the Tieton River, then turn left on the Tieton Nature Trail. After a short distance, take a right fork up to the cliff.

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.7 miles from here

46 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',26],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',5],['5.8',6],['5.9',9],['5.10',23],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['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 The Bend

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Bend:
Another One Bites the Dust   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Bend West
Ed's Jam   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   Bend Center
Alar   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 75'   Bend North
Peace, Love and Rope   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 200'   Bend Center
Tiers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Bend West
Salmon Song   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Bend West
MX   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   Bend Center
Introductory Offer   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Bend Center
Reckoning   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Bend West
Seizure   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 140'   Bend Center
Dancing Bear   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Bend North
Pure Joy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad   Bend West
Sugar Kicks   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Bend West
House Rules   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 90'   Bend West
Living for the City   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Bend North
Winds of Change   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Bend North
C.I.A. (Central Inquisition of Attitudes)   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Bend West
Tragically Hip   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   Bend West
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Featured Route For The Bend
Rock Climbing Photo: Tragically Hip:    The late Vern Stiefel onsightin...

Tragically Hip 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Washington : Tieton River : ... : Bend West
A lot of routes climb "aretes," but relatively few are true arete climbs: climbs where you literally lieback your way up the edge. This is one of those climbs.Start up a chossy short pillar (3 bolts, somewhat harder than it looks) and top out on a ledge. The hardest crux comes right off the ledge at a high first bolt: grab the arete and paste your feet high. The climbing doesn't back off much the rest of the way, with technically sustained and tenuous moves clear to a wonderful jug at the ar...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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