The Poplar, South Chimney
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The Poplar is one of the most amazing bulbous rock towers you will ever see. If you've never heard of or seen it, go to the Crooked River Bridge (aka Rex T Barber Bridge) on Highway 97 and look NE. The Poplar is the unbelievable looking spire on the nearest Ridge. The inexplicably tiny base of stone that supports the massive, leaning pillar at once defies logic and gravity. This thing simply HAS to be climbed!
The rock is not what you would call "good", but since you will be chimneying, you should probably be ok. Remember to use opposition at all times, and don't pull straight down or out on anything. Your efforts will be rewarded with a summit register which includes the names of such legendary pioneers as Jeff Thomas.
This is the highest pillar on Mendenhall Ridge. The South Chimney Route is on the South Side of the pillar.
The route is pretty well protected for this sort of thing. The back of the chimney will take cams from fingers to #3 Camalot. The book warns to rap with two ropes, but I was able to get down with a single 150 foot rope.
By Karl Helser
From: Portland, Oregon
Oct 25, 2012
I don't think the register is at the top anymore. I was recently exploring the area, for a future attempt, when I found a broken pvc pipe with capped ends. I am assuming this was the register. Unfortunately I did not find the register.
By David Wade
Apr 2, 2009
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
1st: The chimney wall below the chockstone is super rotten:smear with care;
2nd:If you're going up, bring a pencil to leave in the summit register...the pen is no good!