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Hells Canyon

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About Hells Canyon:

It's said that Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in the US. So it's no wonder that Native Americans spent time here looking over every nook and cranny of the entire canyon.

With awe and respect, we now travel to this same canyon and check out the same nooks and crannies.

The area around Hells Canyon is covered with ancient limestone walls of all shapes and sizes. It should be of no surprise that climbers have been enjoying the walls of Hell for well over 20 years. With a bold spirit, they found their way around and just started climbing. This "spirit" has become as much a part of the climbing in Hells Canyon as the limestone itself. You can pick up some of that spirit the locals share genuinely. And enjoy Hell on its own terms.

The climbing in the canyon might be unique as a destination climbing area with no guide. With just 20 draws, a 60 m cord, and the heart of a sport climber or the skill of a trad climber, you should find anchors at the top of every route in Hells Canyon.

Word of note: In Hells Canyon there is no such thing as an "Unknown Route" or "Unknown Crag," and posting them as such is bad taste and a waste of time. Local climbers/developers are still out at the crags in Hell. If you’re looking to set a new route or just want some beta, you should seek them out. Take the time to stop by their camps (when they’re in) and say hello (relax...this ain't Smith Rocks). They just might have the beta you want.
Nearest town or city: Ox Bow OR.
Directions: Outside of Cambridge Idaho off Highway 71. Or if you don't happen to live in Boise Idaho. You can get off I-84 at exit 302 SR 86 to the town of Oxbow Oregon, cross over the river to the Idaho side, then 15 miles to Big Bar, the camping is on the left, Allison Creek is on your right.
Latitude, Longitude: 45.12920, -116.73800
Access Issues: Eckels Creek has a voluntary climbing closure: The USFS has asked not to climb in that drainage or on that formation at all. (Golden Eagles)
Camping: Yes
When to Climb:
Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime

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Forum Discussions (5 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies Steep routes SEEP in the Spring beaconrock 1 Mar 28 2009, 10:21 AM
With Replies If you ever wanted to goto Hell! roadstead 5 Apr 04 2006, 9:12 AM
With Replies Hell's Canyon, ID in winter mtengaio 5 Feb 01 2005, 9:01 PM
No Replies poison ivy in hells mikes 0 Oct 14 2004, 1:56 PM
No Replies Wow this place looks pretty rad! roughster 0 Apr 19 2004, 8:59 PM