Sunday, July 1, 2012

June Recap

June was wet here in Portland - really wet - the second wettest in recorded history.  But there was still climbing to be had, mostly on the east side.  No matter how damp and dreary it gets in the Pacific Northwest, you can always find dry rock and good people who want to climb.  Here are a few quick shots from the last month . . .


Trout Creek opened after BLM confirmed the golden eagles had abandoned the nest on the Main Wall.  The salmon fly hatch was insane! And the climbing was pretty good as well.
Kristin on the approach with Mt. Jefferson and the Deschutes River in the background

Guy giving Jaime an attentive belay on Fun Soup, 5.10

More Fun Soup, 5.10

I had heard rumors of cool, steep and juggy routes at a relatively new crag called the Zoo down by Smith Rock.  We found the goods and had a great day climbing with some nice folks. 
Zac Fleischer sending A Scream Comes Across the Sky, 5.11aPhoto by Kevin Won.

Kevin Won cleaning a new project

The Tasmanian Devil

Sneaking away mid-week, I made a quick trip to the Menagerie for a site visit to discuss the Forest Service closure for nesting peregrine falcons.  We managed to get in a great pitch at the end of the day (outside the closure area).  

Panorama Point, The Rabbit Ears, Turkey Monster and the Spire (clockwise from top left)

Zachary Lesch-Huie from the Access Fund enjoying the summer solstice on Winter Sunlight, 5.9, The Hen
Guidebook author Greg Orton on Winter Sunshine, 5.9, The Hen


  1. Nice Chris, bummed I couldn't join you guys in the menagerie!

  2. Do you know how I might get ahold of Kevin Won? I want to give him some missing FA info for his Zoo guide. He could find me on FB... Danielle Thalman. Thanks!

    1. Hi, where can I find this guidebook? I've wanted to climb out there at the zoo, but with no guidebook for the new routes, its tough to justify the hike in. My email is