Karl (see post below) was telling the truth when he said he'd do it again! Great climb despite fickle weather! A perfect climb for a beginner like me though getting on rappel was a bit exciting!
was in PDX for the in-the-woods logging show, and got to take advantage of some nice weather by spending a couple extra days hanging out in the Gorge with friends Nate and Mel. Enjoyed a fun climb of the Rooster and had the place all to ourselves.
Was really surprised we had the rock to ourselves on such a nice evening. Dian and I were at the top for an incredible sunset. I lead the south side route using 8-pcs of pro. Good stuff!
Climbed Rooster for the second time with my wife's BCEP group. This time I followed the leader, last time I climbed a fixed line. My previous climb was in June of 2006 with another Mazamas group.
Climbed this with my BCEP class. Great day and nice views of the gorge. Climbed via prussik on fixed line set by others, but still a fun time. Lots of poison oak and stinging nettles.
A good short basalt climb. Tons of bugs. I also like the scramble to a shorter cliff top view we stopped at on the way back.
Finally snuffed the Rooster, and for the second time in four days. On the second climb, did it with one rope. Rappel with one rope brought us "almost" all the way back to the belay bolt, but had to rappel a second time down the 3rd class first pitch. Threw the rope down the slope, caught in tree branches, snagged on rocks, and not a very clean rappel. Highly recommend two rope rapp, but a great learning experience regardless.
Climbed this run route for the first time on Easter with my friend Brian Jenkins. We ended up on the East face by mistake initially. After convincing myself that it was 4th class, I proceeded up to the clearly visible webbing on the old snag--didn't place any gear as there was really no where to place it, plus I didn't have any with me as it was supposedly 4th class. (We confirmed later that it was 5.6.) Belayed Brian up to the snag. We then confirmed we were off route and rapped down off the snag. After finding the trail we made our way around to the South side and found the intended route. Fun route. Did the 4th class unroped and then Brian led the 5.4 pitch to the top. We both climbed it in our hiking shoes. Nice solid rock. Great day and fun rappel.--Natasha
It was Animal Climb Theme Day for me and my friend Natasha. Started out at Rooster Rock in the morning. I decided to ignore the warnings about the stinging nettles and wore shorts as well as bushwhacked to the rock instead of taking the correct path. Love that feeling of fire ants under your skin.
We then chose the East Face to climb instead of the correct route. Natasha led one pitch and I followed. When we decided we were not in the correct place we rapped down and walked around the rock to the correct route. Found Radek and Shirley Chalupa there along with about five other Mazamas. Chatted with Radek while they climbed. The first pitch of this didn't seem to us to need belaying on. I then got to lead the fun second pitch. Windy up top but nice place to relax. Saw two nests of geese with eggs on the rock in various places on the way up.
Once down we headed down the Gorge to Dog Mountain to complete the Animal Theme Climb Day.
Oh and by the way, it's now been about 13 hours and the stinging nettles are still stinging. But don't worry, I think the area is now clear of them because they are all in my freaking leg.
Super fun climb though in unseasonably warm 80 degree weather.
Got to do this fun spire three times: once with my wife and brother and twice with the Mazamas BCEP course. Cool summit - surprisingly spacious - worth bringing some food/drink for a nice lunch.
Fun climb on a surprisingly nice December day. The only tricky parts were some wet slippery rocks, and a plague of flying insects enjoying the nice weather. Would like to try some other routes on this rock in summer when things are a bit drier.
Partly sunny, warm, no wind, couldn't be a better day in December to climb this fun rock in the Columbia Gorge. Two quick pitches to the top and one long nice rappel brought us down. Topped of the day with few more climbs at Broughton Bluff, making maximum use of this great day. Hope you didn't listen to the forecast...
Climbed 3 times with friends. Last visit, we had a not so friendly Oregon State Patrolman stop on the highway and yell at us through his bullhorn to get off the rock .... as we were tresspassing. He waited for all 4 of us to rap off before he left. When we got back to the parking lot, we were met by the Park Ranger who apologized about the equally ill-tempered & ill-informed trooper and validated that climbing Rooster Rock is OK.
Bring 2 ropes to rap all the way to the base of the route. Watch out for stinging nettles on the approach trail.