Columbia Gorge

St. Peters Dome

St. Peters Dome – photo by Tim Olson.

Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock.

A magical place snuggled up against the eastern Portland metro boundary line. Tim Olson’s (original) area rock climbing guidebook continues to provide much inspiration. The characteristic smell of moss always makes me think of adventure climbing. Hoping to get back to a few routes that are still on our list…

Trip Reports Chronologically


Columbia Gorge Classics

Cover courtesy of Bill Coe from cascadeclimbers.


Gandalf's Grip

Gandalf’s Grip.

  • “Beacon Blah” (September 2015)
  • “Oregon Stuff With Friends” (July 2015)
  • “Back To Beacon” (July 2014)
  • “Broughton With Andrew” (April 2014)
  • “Ozone” (April 2012)
  • “Rooster With Friends” (August 2011)
  • Gandalf’s Grip (May 2008)
  • “St. Peters Dome” (May 2008)
  • “A Day Of Broughton Multi-Pitch” (March 2006)
  • “An Afternoon At Broughton” (March 2006)
  • “Pillars Of Hercules” (February 2006)
  • “Weekend With Family In 2004” (August 2004)
  • “Horsethief Butte” (February 2004)
  • “One And Only Beacon Outing” (November 2003)
  • “The Original Rooster Outing” (March 2002)
  • Gorge Sights

    Dog Mountain

    Shirley and Blondie just below the meadowy summit of Dog Mountain in The Gorge on a gorgeous May day in 2006.


    Cigar Rock

    Cigar Rock as seen from the rim trail. Columbia River’s Washington’s shore dominates the background (Jan. 2008).


    St. Peters Dome

    St. Peters Dome and its adventurous north face (Sept. 2006).


    Crown Point

    Crown Point and Alpenjager (semi-detached spire on right) from the approach hike to Rooster Rock (March 2005).