Tieton

Mush Maker

Shirley leading Mush Maker (5.7) on the Royal Columns.

Our first trip to Tieton was in the spring of 2003 at the tail end of the Mazamas Advanced Rock course. This was pretty much our first exposure to crack climbing and we liked it (even though it would take three years for us to go back). Much like Smith, the place enjoys a rain shadow effect courtesy of Mount Rainier next door and so it can be pretty good in early spring. The only limitation is the seasonal raptor closure of some of the main areas. Besides the basalt crack areas, we’ve also tasted a bit of multi-pitch on Goose Egg Mountain. Nice but we’re done sticking our necks out on that hunk of rock.

Trip Report Chronologically

Pure Joy

Shirley leading Pure Joy (5.10c) at The Bend.

  • “Royal Columns 2016” (October 2016)
  • “The Bend 2016” (April 2016)
  • Appetite For Destruction (April 2016)
  • “Royal Columns 2015” (May 2015)
  • “The Bend 2015” (May 2015)
  • “Sunny Royal Columns” (May 2014)
  • “Rainy Royal Columns” (April 2014)
  • “Royal Columns In December” (December 2011)
  • Dirty Sanchez (May 2009)
  • “A Day At The Bend” (April 2009)
  • Crack Of Doom (June 2008)
  • Ride The Lightning (June 2008)
  • “The Bend In June 2008” (June 2008)
  • “Darrington And Tieton Sampler” (August 2006)
  • “More Royal Columns” (April 2006)
  • “Moon Rocks” (March 2006)
  • “First Trip To Tieton” (April 2003)
  • Listing By Route Name

    A-H

    Jam Exam

    Leading Jam Exam (5.9) on the Royal Columns.

  • Alar (5.8)
  • Appetite For Destruction (5.10d)
  • Cactus Love (5.9)
  • Cross-Eyed And Painless (5.9)
  • Cross-Eyed And Painless (5.9)
  • Cruel Harvest (5.9)
  • Cruel Harvest (5.9)
  • Cutting Edge (5.7)
  • Cutting Edge (5.7)
  • Developing Arms (5.9)
  • Developing Arms (5.9)
  • Developing Arms (5.9)
  • Dirty Sanchez (5.8)
  • Ed’s Jam (5.8)
  • First Blood (5.8)
  • Good Timer (5.4)
  • Hallowed Ground (5.9)
  • Heartbreak Of Psoriasis (5.10c)
  • I-P

    MX

    Shirley enjoying the nice and cruiser MX (5.10-; April 2009).

  • Inca Roads (5.9)
  • Inca Roads (5.9)
  • Jam Exam (5.9)
  • Jam Exam (5.9)
  • Level Head (5.6)
  • Little Known Wonder (5.7)
  • Local Knowledge (5.10b)
  • Mush Maker (5.7)
  • Mutiny In Manila (5.10a)
  • MX (5.10a)
  • Orange Sunshine (5.10b)
  • Orange Sunshine (5.10b)
  • Orange Sunshine (5.10b)
  • Paul Maul (5.10c)
  • Peace, Love And Rope (5.9)
  • Pure Joy (5.10c)
  • R-Z

    Ride The Lightning

    Shirley following pitch 3 of Ride The Lightning (III 5.9) on Goose Egg Mountain in Tieton River Gorge (June 2008).

  • The Reckoning (5.10b)
  • Render Us Weightless (5.8)
  • Ride The Lightning (5.9)
  • Salmon Song (5.10a)
  • Salmon Song (5.10a)
  • Seizure (5.10b)
  • Solar King (5.11a)
  • Straight Talk (5.10a)
  • The Tiers (5.9)
  • Tiers (5.9)
  • Treatment Bound (5.10a)
  • Western Front (5.3)
  • X Factor (5.8)
  • X Factor (5.8)
  • Goose Egg Mountain

    Goose Egg Mountain

    Goose Egg Mountain on a morning after a rain storm (Oct. 2011).

    Area Scenery

    Royal Columns

    Royal Columns in their spring glory (May 2014).


    Royal Columns

    Bondie keeping an eye on her domain from the base of Royal Columns (April 16, 2006).


    The Bend

    My brother, Shirley, & Haydar having lunch in Tieton River Gorge, WA (Aug. 2006).


    Moon Rocks

    Blondie keeping an eye over her domain (i.e. Tieton River canyon) from the base of Moon Rocks on a shitty and cold early March day in 2006.