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Karl HelserEast route...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2015

Karl Helser

Fun climb! A notch or two above Rooster Rock...

Fairly clean, definitely have to test holds and steps. I didn't use much protection but never really felt exposed. I think I used (2) #2 BD cams, (1) #9 BD nut, and (3) 4' sewn runners...in a single pitch. Rope drag was there, but not too bad.
I like the tree at the end of the traverse...
The anchor at the top... That anchor really isn't around the bush, it's actually around a rock bump on the summit, so even if that patch of shuddery withers away some day, that cable wrapped around the bump will suffice as an acceptable anchor...although I still think some day I'll go back and sink a few bomber bolts.

In my opinion, I really don't think there is a need for any fixed protection on the east route...it's all there.

The rap...is only about 110'. I bet with a 60m rope and the stretch, you'd come really close to the ground. One 70m rope is perfect for this climb and rap...eliminating the need to bring a second rope...

legal or not, we parked way off the shoulder of I84 right in front of the rock...with no issues.

A great after work adventure…
Posted Oct 2, 2015 10:37 am

cluckChoss thrutching  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2011


After eyeing this heap of moss and choss for years I finally had a go at it. Route description and approach notes were very helpful and the climbing was every bit as horrific as I'd hoped. Actually it took gear better than I expected but I didn't bring enough large cams. After 2 pitches of desperate vertical vegetable-wallowing we were rewarded with the mystery summit heap and many victory honks from passing traffic. Classic Gorge adventure!
Posted Jun 21, 2011 1:36 am

rpcEast Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2006


First, we figured we'll hike along the RR tracks to the base. But there was a train parked near the TH with a curious engineer watching us. Given that I'm not really sure whether we'd be trespassing (something my PO might not appreciate), we waited and waited and waited....Finally drove around looking for another way in. Found one via Bridal Veil Overlook. 20 minutes of horizontal bushwhacking. 30 minutes of vertical bushwhacking. This BTW, is a primo spot for mooning cars on I84. Also, my life now has a new goal: I want to bag all 5 (+ 1 variation) routes on The Pillars!
Posted Feb 28, 2006 10:20 pm

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