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North Eastern Oregon  

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Submitted By: Allen Sanderson on Aug 13, 2007
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Bouldering in Central Oregon


This area is primarily located around the north eastern part of Oregon and centered around LaGrande. It recieves little attention but for the past thirty years there has been a small but active group of climbers in this area doing routes in the local crags and in the Wallowas.

There are now two state wide guides that include routes for Eastern Oregon. One is rather lacking and rather error prone (Falcon) the other is better (Mountaineers) but neither are complete.

Contributors note - I have added place holders for several areas that I have climbed at and will be adding the routes over time. There are other areas that I will let others add in. Because there are many small areas I have placed them all under "North Eastern Oregon" rather than listing them individually and cluttering up the main page.

Oh yeah - North Eastern Oregon does not mean everything east of the Cascades :-).

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Weather station 8.9 miles from here

209 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',41],['2 Stars',46],['1 Star',43],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Eastern Oregon:
Hawaiian Slab   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport   Spring Mountain
Bat Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Spring Mountain
Pod of God   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Spring Mountain
Chopper   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   Spring Mountain
Spring Fever   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 70'   Spring Mountain
Flaked out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Spring Mountain
Geophysical   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Spring Mountain
Epiphany roof   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Spring Mountain
Rally Race   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   Spring Mountain
Black out   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Spring Mountain
Lorraine   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Spring Mountain
Mojo Rising   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Spring Mountain
Arthritis   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Spring Mountain
Dog Show   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Spring Mountain
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Featured Route For North Eastern Oregon
our route goes up the faces, directly right of the main summit

Barley Hurley Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  OR : North Eastern Oregon : Wallowa Mountains
Lots of moderate climbing, with three prime pitches of 5.9 hand cracks.The route has a few nice ledges on it, and climbs a buttress just east of the main south facing headwall. Once you reach the summit of the route, you can easily scramble across the ridge to the main head-wall summit. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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By corvegas
From: the depths of oregon
Aug 13, 2007
make an effort when you post something new... this has to be the worst addition ever! theres a million places to climb in "eastern oregon"
By Allen Sanderson
From: Oootah
Aug 14, 2007
corvegas spewed 16 hours ago:
make an effort when you post something new... this has to be the worst addition ever! theres a million places to climb in "eastern oregon"

Geez, I barely started this and in less than 12 hours and people are already bitching. If there are a million places please feel free to add in the other 999,998 places under this section. That is if you have some pertinent information to add which somehow I doubt. Adding in just the location and no or a few routes is worthless and seems to be the mentality for the Oregon section. I do not plan to do this as I have noted in the section comments.

Now that I have added three routes to two areas there are as many routes as there are in almost half of other areas and by the time I am done there will probably be more climbs listed than the majority of all of the areas in the Oregon section combined. So how about taking your compaints elsewhere - like to the sections that have been up for months if not years with zero routes listed.

More crap like this and my efforts will be over in short order.

BTW - perhaps next time try reading guidelines before spewing:

Guideline #1: don't be a jerk
Guideline #2: post relevent information about this Area
Guideline #3: limit offtopic posts, rants, or lengthy discussions to the forums

I would say you failed on all three accounts.
By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Aug 14, 2007
I think it's a good idea to separate out Eastern Oregon into its own area. It's far enough from Portland/I-5 that most people probably aren't familiar with it so putting it all together isn't a bad idea.

I'm not a big fan of placeholders (Blitzo has some on this site that are still blank months after he originally put them in), but as long as you remember to go back and fill them in then go ahead and use them.
By corvegas
From: the depths of oregon
Aug 14, 2007
Okay Allen
Guideline #1 first off dont be a jerk by saying I don't have any pertinent information. I have added more to this site than a lot of other people and I try and do it right the first time.

Guideline #2 at the time of my posting you had done nothing more than to post that you know the areas out there

Guideline #3 I dont give a shit because I'm sick of people slacking off when they post stuff... How else is anyone going to get the message. Sorry if you did plan to update it, but I've seen it enough that I figured this the case yet again.

Your efforts are already in short order. You dont even bother to post seprate pages for all of the areas instead you start one "Eastern Oregon" section... why isnt it just Eastern and Western Oregon... Eastern Oregon is huge and is home to tons of areas. Seprate it, Oregon is Oregon. If you did the FA's on those routes you proudly posted than mabey you could give a little more worthwhile descrption of the routes them selves. If your trying to uphold the adventure the mabey bother to not post.

Peter- I really have to disagree with you here. The point is climbing in Oregon is not just the Portland/I5 area, and I think thats what Mountain Project is trying to convey... is that theres more out there than just Smith and Rocky Butte. Hiding those areas under "Eastern Oregon" (which then should include smith, steins and all the other places already having their seprate areas) only does make them seem further away, and leads to that unfamiliarity.
By Allen Sanderson
From: Oootah
Aug 15, 2007
Covregas try having a little patience you might be surprised. Perhaps not. Also instead of making inflamitory posts try a simple - "Hey I hope you are going to add routes to these areas. It would be great if you do because I have wondered about the climbing over there. We seem to be having a problem with people starting new areas to the Oregon section but not adding routes to them".

If you spent any time looking the other areas I have added to mountain project you might find that I have tried to be pretty complete when doing an area. But it does not happen magically in a few hours. I am actually trying to but a little thought into this.

As for the Eastern Oregon area - I am open to discussion on this in the forums. I really do not care one way or the other. I started it this way so that it did not clutter the main page but also perhaps to attract others to pipe in. And for those living on the west side of the Cascades and are geographically challenged - Smith Rock is in central Oregon :-). This has been a long standing geographical challenge.

As for this comment -
"If your trying to uphold the adventure the mabey (sic) bother to not post. "

What is wrong with a little adventure? What do you want a pitch by pitch description with topos and photos? You seem to forget that this site is made by people volunteering their time. I have tried to be as accurate as possible. If you do not like my descriptions add a comment like "hey could you add a little to the description I am not sure I could find this route" This is called constructive criticism.

Sorry Covregas but your attitude and approach to communication needs some gross adjustments. At this point I have spent as much time replying to your spew as I have adding routes to this section and no longer see the benefit in continuing the discussion.
By mark kerns
From: golden, co
Aug 20, 2007
Allen - great job on getting started with this posting. Maybe it should be entitled "Northeast Oregon", but i am psyched to see a start. There is a ton of versatility in the climbing in the region and it is great to see it starting to be documented. I'll help you with contributions, maybe i can scan some old photos.
Corvegas - you don't know what your talking about. Sanderson has climbed extensively at all areas listed, probably putting up several FA's before you could wipe your own ass. Try pushing up and supporting rather than being a jerk.
By elmo mecsko
From: Lyle, Washington
Jan 28, 2008
Hey corvegas, try reading Guideline #1: Don't be a Jerk.
I am so tired of fellow climbers jumping on each others butts because they are a wee bit upset about an issue. How about we all try to work together and make our sport better? Most route setting, route cleaning, trail maintenance and additions to Mountain Project are done by people volunteering their time.
Give people a break! Get out there and do something positive for rock climbing! Pick up some litter, do a little trail maintenance... smile and say "thanks" to the people who go out of their way for you!
By Tas Haugen
Aug 5, 2010
Couldn't agree with you more Elmo. How goes it bud,, remember me? Tas! How did your summit go on sac? you guys make it in 24hrs?? Im going to be at spring this weekend. Should have camp set tomorrow. If you don't have any plans and could use some Rockercise, An extra hand would be appreciated. This invite goes out to any and all Rocketeers With the blues as their backyard .. let me know m Tas
By ben rooney
Feb 2, 2011
thinking about taking a job in joseph this summer but might be contingent on rock climbing in area. Are their any places within an hour?
By Ryan Palo
From: Bend, oregon
May 25, 2011
Hahaha. this is rich. Corvegas is one of the most selfless developers I have ever met. Pretty sure all the guy does is fix and clean routes, making them safe for the slackjawed masses.