|NW Oregon Rock|
|Northwest Oregon Rock is a book that discusses in detail the ongoing quest for elusive summits,
alpine pinnacles and other climbing opportunities in Northwest Oregon.
NW Oregon Rock provides an intense look at the sport of rock climbing throughout Northwest Oregon. From rock pillars to alpine pinnacles, from tiny bluffs to huge vertical rock walls, this guidebook expands upon the Portland Rock Climbs theme by taking you on a grand tour of the great and unique treasures well beyond our local city crags. The original heart of this guidebook came from a rather brief analysis in the 1993 edition of Portland Rock Climbs called ‘Cragging Options’. Northwest Oregon Rock incorporates a broad selection of rock climbing opportunities available within a relatively easy one-day drive from Portland, Oregon.
NWOR is nearly 400 pages of quality information describing climbing areas around Mt Hood region (French's, Illumination Rock, Razorblade, Enola (aka The Swine), Coethedral, Newton, Lamberson, Pete's Pile, Bulo, Area51, etc.), Columbia Gorge region (Chimney Rocks, Rooster Rock, Crown Point, The Rat Cave, St Peters Dome, Apocalypse Needles, Rabbit Ears, Clif Cliff, Wind Mtn, Windy Slab, Wankers, OH8, Horsethief, etc), Santiam valleys (Needle Rock, Elephant Rock, Spire Rock, condensed Menagerie, Santiam Pinnacle, Iron Mtn, Two Girls, etc), McKenzie valley area (Skinners, Wolf Rock, Moolack), and Northeast Oregon (Spring Mountain, High Valley, etc).
You have yet to visit many of these climbing areas? Well...let's take a quick tour:
Each NWOR chapter provides an in-depth analysis of the regional rock climbing opportunities and shares a bit of all its tremendous variety that climbers might find, from French's Dome to Pete's Pile, and onward to Steins Pillar and Spring Mtn crag.
This book educates users about long-term stewardship of our natural resources we enjoy climbing upon. Our purpose is to provide information that will help influence rock climbing for the public good. This guidebook aims to give insight about the nuances of each different climbing site, and encourages users to become involved in trail maintenance and other crag stewardship opportunities. The book broadens user interest throughout the entire region, and brings beneficial tourism-based stimulus to our local economies.
Most outdoor retail stores carry this book, or you can acquire a copy of Northwest Oregon Rock guide book here.
Get out of that winter rut, the snow is gone, the season is in, opening day bouldering at Larch Mtn Boulders has begun.
Things are a changin' fast in Portland this year for bouldering. No need to make repeat dry runs to damp, slippery, in-town sites.
Now you can find virtual year-round bouldering in a nice combo at several local hot spots - Larch, Cascade, and BOG Boulders (Bridge of the gods boulders).
All are local, fast to get to, and offer plenty of flavor that sure beats a repeat trip to old haunts.
Larch Mtn Boulders are good from late April thru October, and even into December on dry days if the wind is not too stiff. Yeow!
Then shift over to Cascade Boulders and spend all winter (on dry days) workin' the circuit over there on an endless string of tricky andesite beasts, some as tall as 16'.
So, don't hold back, when sunshine and clear sailing skies beckon.
Get in touch with reality, and browse the bouldering web page Bouldering for more details.
Rock climbers in northwest Oregon generally seek the local crags from May to September. During this portion of the year mild Pacific marine air often mixes with inland Great Basin hot weather to bring a climber friendly cycle that keeps Northwest Oregon quite comfortable.
- Summer month temperatures average about 70°F to 80°F with occasional short peaks of hot sunny days in July and August in the 90°F to 95°F range.
Check the forecast link NOAAWestern US.
- Winter Pacific marine air brings a consistent series of rain showers, starting in late October through March. Cold winter rainy days offer temperatures that average in the 35°F to 50°F range.
- Virtual year-round rock climbing or bouldering is readily available at various regional climbing sites, particularly low elevation sites from Horsethief Butte, or Broughton Bluff, Ozone Wall, the Druid Stones boulders, and Skinner Butte.