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About Oregon:

OREGON

Many people are turned off be the number of rainy days in Oregon, but don't let that deter you. Oregon is dotted with good crags and in the Central and Eastern parts of Oregon there are fewer rainy days and many people climb there all year long. Central Oregon also boasts Smith Rock, which is the birthplace of modern sport climbing. While the route database here does little justice as there are just too many routes it will give you a good idea of what there is at Smith.
The spring and summer in Oregon are as nice as it gets with Callahans and Flagstone in the Willamette Valley, Ashland Boulders (aka Acid Castle) in the South, and Broughton Bluff and Carver in Portland. Plus the numbers of developed areas are increasing yearly as more areas are opened developed and access is figured out.

Oregon's terrains and climates vary widely. With the coast and the coastal mountains, the Willamette Valley, Glaciered mountains as tall as 11,000 ft, and vast high desert areas all being within 150 miles of each other, you wont get bored quickly here.

The Willamette valley's major universities harbor deeply set climbing communities. Oregon State University in Corvallis led by Tim O'Brian, veteran guide on Rainer as well as the driving force behind the Outdoor Rec Center on campus, which is open to the public. The ORC rents many outdoor accessories. The University of Oregon in Eugene also has a great climbing community via its Outdoor Pursuits Program and its co-op Outdoor Program both of which have great resources available for use by the public. The Outdoor Program is open for the public to join and has extensive resources like guides and maps that are free to use.

Then there are the multitude of gyms around the state from The Circuit and Portland Rock Gym in Portland, the Crux in Eugene and Inclimb in Bend. These all offer a great place to meet new and old climbers.

When adding routes try your best not to copy directly from the guide you got it from.


Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Smith Rock

Chain Reaction (5.12c), Smith Rock
Changing Lanes (5.8), Smith Rock
Five Gallon Buckets (5.8), Smith Rock


Oregon also has good mountaineering with Mt. Hood being the second most climbed mountain in the world, second to Mt. Fuji in Japan. All the major volcanoes of the pacific northwest are within 5 hours drive of Portland. Mt. Hood is only about an hour from the airport.

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

Three Sisters

The Sisters

Forum Discussions (See all 17 posts )

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Looking for a climbing partner tara_b 0 Jun 17 2012, 2:52 PM
No Replies Lost at Ozone: Black Oakley sunglasses DuckFan11 0 Apr 29 2012, 8:04 PM
No Replies PDX Steph Davis (and other interesting stuff) at Mazamas billcoe_ 0 Nov 17 2011, 8:34 AM
With Replies Astoria, OR bouldering blarson 3 Aug 11 2010, 2:21 PM
With Replies climbing hwy 58 patmay81 2 Jun 15 2010, 5:11 PM
With Replies Climbing near Portland GregLTaylor 6 Nov 12 2010, 7:04 PM
No Replies Smith Camping/accomodations Smith dreday3000 0 May 03 2010, 8:34 AM
With Replies Multipitch in Oregon May dreday3000 10 Sep 26 2010, 8:27 AM
With Replies Portland Area Climbers unrooted 1 Oct 12 2009, 9:13 AM
No Replies heading south to California? tslater 0 Oct 07 2009, 9:03 PM
With Replies climbing hood at the end of summer patmay81 1 Nov 24 2008, 6:36 PM
No Replies Bouldering Portland and the Columbia River Gorge phoenixfire 0 Jul 15 2008, 7:49 AM
With Replies Frenches Dome, Oregon ClimbinGangsta 5 Oct 04 2008, 8:10 AM
With Replies detroit lake area patmay81 2 Dec 09 2010, 9:39 AM
With Replies portland newbee jhanu 2 Apr 23 2007, 5:07 AM