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The East side of the Lower Gorge contains a handful of basalt cliffs with plenty of worthy crack climbs. They're not quite the classics that are found on the West side and the long approach keeps away most climbers, but they're worth checking out.
Descend the main trail toward the river. Cross the bridge and follow a nice trail next to the river to the right. Make sure to stay near the river as alternate trails head to other areas of the park. Pass the student wall, a series of shorter columns, until you arrive at the longer columns of the lower gorge.
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Hand Job 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b OR : Smith Rock : ... : Hand Job Wall
A tricky bouldering start is probably the crux of this route. Good protection soon follows with stemming/jamming moves up a set of double cracks. A very good route that I think borders on classic....[more] Browse More Classics in OR
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