Barad-Dur, Wolf Rock, Oregon
Tucked away in the Willamette National Forest outside of Eugene, Oregon, the largest monolith in Oregon towers over the landscape of the western Cascades. Inspired by previous tales of loose rock, runout route finding and monster roofs, Jaime and I drove south last Friday evening to check out Barad-Dur, rumored to be one of the best long routes in the state. Enough with the cragging!
A few days after the climb, I can safely say that the route lived up to its fabled reputation. The two crux pitches climb out a monster roof system way high up on the wall. And then there's another 3-400 feet of climbing on 4th and 5th class to a narrow ridge of choss to the summit. Exciting!