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Boxcar S 
Boxtop S 
Conquistador S 
Dorkboat S 
Enchilada A La Carte S 
Freakshow S 
Held Down S 
Horizontal Delite S 
Kings of Rat S 
Mavrick, The S 
Pissfire S 
ShitFire S 
Sombrero S 
Stiffler, The S 
TuffNerd S 
Warm Up S 
Warmnerd S 

Rat Cave Rock Climbing 

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Location: 45.57501, -122.13757 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Ryan Palo on Oct 25, 2006
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This tucked away crag hosts Portland's highest concentration of difficult sport climbing. The routes range from steep to wildly overhanging. The climbing is very beta-intensive making the grades feel quite sandbag. Do not let this distract you, the movement its self is awesome. All of the routes require endurance, great route finding skills, and patience.

All of the Routes can be climbed all year round regardless of the weather.

Getting There 

Due to access concerns, the handlers of this area have requested that the directions be removed from this site. I'll be sure to put the information back up when we can be confident that further access to this area won't be threatened.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rat Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rat Cave:
Pissfire   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Enchilada A La Carte   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
The Mavrick   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Warm Up   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 70'   
Held Down   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 65'   
Dorkboat   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 70'   
The Stiffler   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport   
Horizontal Delite   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 30'   
Kings of Rat   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
ShitFire   5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 70'   
Boxcar   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 45'   
TuffNerd   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 70'   
Freakshow   5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 65'   
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Featured Route For Rat Cave
Rock Climbing Photo: RP.

Freakshow 5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a  OR : Portland & The Gorge : Rat Cave
Start up Enchilada A La Carte for the first three bolts 12-, the head straight up insted of following the left leaning weakness. The first few moves off the seam involve a tough sequence of powerful crimper lockoffs to a desperate toss to a marginal sloper (12+ish). Make a clip off a shitty slopper pinch, then enter the crux. A series of desperate pulls off slopers at 30 degrees overhanging. This follows for two bolts (roughly V10). Unlike Tuffnerd, this route lacks a decent rest before its pum...[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

Photos of Rat Cave Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Shawn O'Connor.
Photo by Shawn O'Connor.
Rock Climbing Photo: On the cave "Project" 5.13+/5.14-
On the cave "Project" 5.13+/5.14-

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By Eric Brown
From: Corvallis, oregon
Nov 6, 2006
One small correction: The R.C seeps in the winter, so saying it is climable year-round is not quite correct. April-November is a likely scenario.
By Ryan Palo
From: Bend, oregon
Mar 13, 2008
New line going in left of Horizontal. Expect steep and fun.
By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Aug 20, 2012
AKA "The Office" and "The Matt Cave"
By Sean Denny
From: Portland
Jul 28, 2013
Any news on the aforementioned access concerns?

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