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Columns (aka Skinner Butte)

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
3rd Column Jam T,TR 
4th Column Face TR 
4th Column Jam T,TR 
5th Column (aka Sign Face) TR 
Bat Crack T,TR 
Crack a No Go T 
Fat Crack T 
Hard Lieback T 
Left Ski Track T,TR 
Limp Dick T 
Main Chimney T,TR 
Right Ski Track T 
Satisfaction T 
Sign Crack (4th Column Jam Left?) T,TR 
Transportation Route T,TR 

Columns (aka Skinner Butte) Rock Climbing 

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This popular wall is located in the heart of Eugene minutes from the local climbing gym, the Nike shop, and downtown pubs and restuarants. Despite its small size it has a great concentration of cracks. The basalt columns are all trad and TR lines that have many nice bolted anchors at top.

The Columns get afternoon to evening sun and can be crowded with the afterwork crowds. It is a great place to practice crack technique and leading. The routes range from 5.6 to 5.11 but the locals will tell you about the "off" holds to make the climbs more challenging.

While the rock here is generally solid occasionally a piece will break off. A few years back the large block came off the top. As a result the right half of the crag has detestable chainlink fence over it. Luckily the best climbs remain open.

Getting There 

Located in Downtown Eugene at 2nd and Lincoln. The approach is 30sec from your car.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Columns (aka Skinner Butte)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Columns (aka Skinner Butte):
3rd Column Jam   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Main Chimney   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Fat Crack   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
4th Column Jam   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Hard Lieback   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
Left Ski Track   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Limp Dick   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Satisfaction   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Photos of Columns (aka Skinner Butte) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Route guide
BETA PHOTO: Route guide
Rock Climbing Photo: The path to the top of the columns at Skinner's Bu...
The path to the top of the columns at Skinner's Bu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Route guide
BETA PHOTO: Route guide
Rock Climbing Photo: Anchors at the top of Skinner's Butte.
Anchors at the top of Skinner's Butte.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kiosk with route guide and photos.
Kiosk with route guide and photos.
Rock Climbing Photo: Almost there. Just across the tracks and up the hi...
Almost there. Just across the tracks and up the hi...
Rock Climbing Photo: The right side of Skinner's Butte which is closed.
The right side of Skinner's Butte which is closed.
Rock Climbing Photo: At the intersection of Lincoln St and Skinners But...
At the intersection of Lincoln St and Skinners But...
Rock Climbing Photo: Morgan following my lead on the columns
Morgan following my lead on the columns
Rock Climbing Photo: Its not much but its way accessible!
Its not much but its way accessible!
Rock Climbing Photo: The Columns, Eugene, OR
The Columns, Eugene, OR
Rock Climbing Photo: The Columns overview.
BETA PHOTO: The Columns overview.

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By rl23455
From: Portland, OR
Aug 3, 2009
Most people know this place as Skinner Butte.
By Yair Horowitz
Sep 14, 2011
1) There are plenty (probably too many) bolted anchors up top, and although access can be mildly sketchy it looks like all routes at the Columns can be top-roped.

2) There is an obvious sign at the parking area listing 30+ routes overlaid on a photo, with grades listed as well. Excellent resource.
By JoeR
From: Eugene, OR
Jan 22, 2012
1. All routes can be top-roped

2. Skinner's Butte is a Eugene city park, so alcohol is prohibited. Bike cops cruise by all the time during the summer and will hassle you and everyone else if they see any booze. Also, off leash dogs and out of control dogs are prohibited. Hours are 6am-11pm all year.

3. Routes are really close together. Most follow each crack individually, hands and feet staying in the crack. There are tons of variations and lines contrived for easier and harder climbs.

4. Most of the routes take great protection, just keep in mind that this is an old rock quarry and the rock can be suspect. More than one of the trade routes has changed drastically over the years, just look to the piles of rubble scattered around if you have any doubts about this.

5. Extending your anchor out past the edge is a great idea given the rope eating nature of these cracks. The middle buttress anchors are set well back from the edge.

6. Though the scene here is pretty honest, unattended gear looks like christmas to some of the local bums. I've never had anything stolen, but I've been cased a few times. Just keep a heads up.
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Apr 9, 2012
Coming from a mostly Rocky Mountain granite background, should I be stocking up on tape if this place becomes my after-work crag, or is the rock friendly enough to go without?
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 9, 2012
If your coming from climbing at the Voo or the South Platte, this rock is smooth and comfortable to jam. No tape needed.
By JoeR
From: Eugene, OR
May 16, 2012
Recently a contractor hired by the city to clean up some big rocks that had fallen decided for some reason to excavate under Outer Column. He had not been instructed to do this by the City of Eugene. Contractor reported that the Outer Column shifted about 2ft. Skinner's Butte is now closed from Left Ski Track over, pending an inspection and/or indefinitely. For more information you can contact the River House @ 541-682-5329
By rogw
Oct 24, 2016
Great climbing for the whole family. There were some very hard stuff for my adult kids, my young kids there were easy things to do. Small parking area, and plenty to do for all ranges of ability. Great times.

It was nice, we set up the rope and it covered routes 3, 4, 5 which were a 5.6+, 5.8 and 5.9 - all within decent reach of one rope. If I would have had more ropes, we could have set up all those routes individually. Easy access to the top.

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