Link to my favorite Oregon Pages
Beta: – Find The New I-rock Topo!
Beacon Rock Stories Oregon Page
Welcome to my Oregon extreme climbing page. This is where I learned to climb. I have a deep romance to the place as a result
Oregon has a very distinct edge of adventure. Though it may be an aquired taste, those who enjoy it can reap great rewards. Be careful here though , The rock isnt always great.
Always carry extra gear to get down. This is a page from Oregon Access Page My Favorite Oregon Adventures:
St Peters Dome
Abraxas- the Monument
Picnic Lunch Wall
Ice Climbing in the George (When and if)
The Black Spider- Picture to the right—>
it is a 1000’Norwand
Illumination Rock- The best mixed climbing on the west coast. Period SW Ridge in summer. SE Butt in summer
Steele Cliff -mt Hood
Razor Blade Pinnacle
Wolf Rock –Jeez!
Opal Rock, vast potential
The North cirque of Thielsen is INCREDIBLE!
Beacon-Close enough to Oregon
Oregon Pinnacles Page
Still think there’s no climbing in Oregon? St Peters Dome bit:
It was June of 94, right in the middle of my divorce. I went on a series of near suicidal climbing trips to test my mortality. An avalanche ridden solo on Johanesburg, an80 foot unbelayed fall off Wind mt. .Eventually a solo of St Peters dome was the only success on the trilogy of trauma. The Dome was a great climb. Finding the start and good anchors was a challenge. When I got to the start ledge I was greeted by a selection of railroad spikes . They came in handy for the belay and one of my first aid placement. Working my way up on bugaboos exclusively, I was convinced for a long time that I was off route. There were no pin scars to be seen. I later realized that an entire layer of rock had worn off since the last ascent in the 70s. Watching the blocks shift as I pounded, I could see how this happened. After a short free finish to the crux pitch, I found the belay sings rotted off the bolts and sitting on the ledge with the rap ring still through it. The traverse was exposed yet easy . The final pitch was difficult to find and very loose, When the angle eased off it became a foot thick carpet of moss. I tunneled under it for holds until it could support my weight. The summit was exhilarating and a forest had grown there that wasn’t in the old time photos I had seen. The register was a fascinating history of those who dared the venture. As time wore on, I copied all the entries and enjoyed this amazing and exclusive summit . The descent was uneventful until I heard voices in the forest across from me. It seemed Bud Young was leading a party on the Mystery Trail. What an unlikely party we had at the saddle. Truly a bright spot in a difficult part of my life.
Part of the new Mazama Annual Journal. I hope to post a link to the whole thing. Update On St.Peters Dome!!The Big SPD got its (approx,) 20th Ascent!!Here is the Trip Report on Cascade Climbers! Dave Jensen Photo Of SPD The Black Dagger Right before Christmas in 2005 The Columbia River George became windy and cold enough to freeze its many waterfalls. One of the unclimbed prizes was a route behind Ainsworth state park. It had seen many strong attempts, including one where Bill Price and I reached within 30 feet of the top.
During the brief 05 cold spell I looked at the route through binoculars, only to see Marcus Donaldson about to finnally be the first to succeed on the amazing route.
That left only one unclimbed route to do: The Black Dagger (photo on right).
I rushed back to Portland to tell my friend Lane Brown of our new plan. It included him buying new ropes , and us leaving at 4:00 am to try this extremely steep and exposed water course. As you can see the icecicles do not reach the bottom of the cliff. In complete darkness I led up the loose rock and moss to the right . The way left evidence of previous attempts both to the right and straight on. A steep mixed traverse allowed me to reach the ice proper . With Lane an I committed now , we stuggled up its overhangs and busted away the many smaller icecicles that impeded progress. Most waterfall ice climbs are tucked away in corners or gullies. The Dagger is out on a prow, offering a steep and tremendously exposed position. 3 wild pitches left us feeling like the climb had given us a tough go but at the top we found the easy looking finish to be very tiring.
Reaching the top was so much more than a consolation for missing out on Ainsworth. We both agreed it was perhaps the best ice either of us had climbed. Our joy was cut short however on our last rappel down when one of Lanes new ropes got stuck. Going with our new-found luck though , He got it back days later when the pillars melted away.
Lane confided when he took the picture , that he may not have been willing to try this route if he had previously seen it! Home Oregon has a surprising amount of adventure climbing. As well as sport climbing. It is conveniently located between other great states for climbing. Often overlooked as a result, it does make a great place to live and play. Enjoy Oregon !!