The lower Tieton crags (Royal Columns and the Bend) are closed for raptor nesting beginning February 1 each year. Depending on nest location and success, the closure can be lifted as early as April or as late as July.
The Oasis is the most reliable winter crag in the Tieton, with 15 or so sport routes ranging from 5.8 to easy 5.12. The sun stays on the wall almost the entire day and you can often strip down to a T-shirt in 45-degree weather.
The downside is that the rock is definitely chossier than other Tieton crags, with a tree bark like patina layer that has a fair number of hollow flakes and edges. Oh, and there's some gravelly decomposed stuff too. Even still, the rock is generally as good as anything you'll find at Vantage, and there are some fun routes to be had.
The Windy Point Columns are located down the hill and slightly east of the Oasis. This largely undocumented area has some short column climbs on so-so rock.
Watch for ticks in the spring.
Heading west on Highway 12, park just before the twin bridges crossing the Tieton. Hike up the hill to the crag.
Three-star moves, but some two-star rock. King Tut's Tomb starts on the right wall of an obvious cave. Boulder to a bolt, then crank on a positive but fragile edge/flake to clear the roof (first crux). If/when this hold blows, the move will likely get a helluva lot harder. Continue up edges on good rock to a steepening wall. Crimps (second crux) lead to a great (but hollow-sounding) jug. ...[more]Browse More Classics in WA