Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spring Cragging in the Tieton Valley

Spring in the Tieton
Spring has settled over the Tieton River valley, and the climbing conditions are excellent!  Last weekend, Kristin and I spent two more beautiful days camped along the river by night, climbing by day.

Kristin researching the 50 Classics by a camp fire
We climbed Saturday at the Chunkyard, which is just to the east of Moon Rocks.  Without any beta on the climbs, we ticked off from west to east, starting with the shorter routes closest to Moon Rocks and then moving towards the longer, more aesthetic lines at the far end of the wall.  The climbing is fun on mostly positive holds and blocky terrain - definitely worth a visit.

Kristin rapping off the Chunkyard

Ah yeah it's spring in the Tieton!
Sunday, we sought out shade at the Bend and enjoyed some stellar crack lines.

Kristin topping out on the stellar finger crack of MX, 5.10a
The highlight was Heartbreak of Psoriasis, 5.10c, on the north end of the Bend.  I didn't get any pics, but the route features long sections of finger locks without many good rests into a section of sustained hands towards the end.  It's a great route and pretty stout for the grade at Tieton.  Check it out - you'll find the anchor up and over to the climber's left atop the adjoining pillar.  

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