Tieton for Memorial Day Weekend

  • May 25, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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The overall plan: Tieton is quite the underappreciated marvel and there's a ton more to explore there.
Top rope or lead. Beginners, intermediate, advanced, all are welcome whether you've been outdoors before or not. Come for the whole three day jaunt or any bit of it you fancy.

Saturday
Getting there: Jump on I-90. Take exit 110 toward Yakima. Then take exit 31A-31B towards Naches. This puts you on US-12W (Naches is a great spot to pull in and grab water, food, booze, firewood and other essentials from the store there. If you are going to gas up, the first stations are the most expensive). Turn right onto Soup Creek Road (if you reach the dam, you've gone too far), cross the cattle grid and keep taking lefts.
Then when you see this...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/Brucemclachlan/DSCF3716.jpg
Head right, not left (like the guidebook says) and then along NF-344 there are tons of little sites to just pull off and camp where ever you want, no pass needed.

At the end of the road, you just park there (no pass needed, and we'll muster there awhile before heading to the crags). There's a trail heading left. This is the view you're after to be on the right track...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/Brucemclachlan/DSCF3714.jpg
And if they're still there, the trail is marked by regular cairns.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/Brucemclachlan/DSCF3712.jpg

Saturday Night

Free camping and food, drink, fire, conversation.

Sunday

Straight to The Cave, which is located between mile post 175 & 176. Park in the established turnout adjacent to the river, cross the road and hike up (10-15 mins)

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/the-cave/105929722
It has oodles of sport climbs in a wide variety of grades not covered on the climbing websites (and an ancient pictograph as well) and many of the routes are three or four star rated.
And, if we start to get cooked and need a break, there's always the Royal Columns or Moon Rocks.

Sunday Night
Pop into Naches to resupply if need be (there's the Walkabout Creek Bar if you fancy normal booze, food, AC and a chance to wash), then more food, drink, fire, conversation.

Memorial Day

A trip back to Windy Point and the Oasis
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/the-oasis/105929797
Park on the side of the road opposite Windy Point campground which is here (and well signposted)...
http://goo.gl/maps/IKe6E
And across 12 to the north you can see the area.

http://www.meetup.com/rockclimbing-64/photos/14760282/#[masked]

Just hike up and join us on the far left side of the formation, the trail starts a little ways right of the sign....

http://www.meetup.com/rockclimbing-64/photos/14760282/#[masked]

If it starts getting too hot, we can cross the canyon and go to Moon Rocks (just down the road) which get's shade until about 3pm (you'll need a Discover Pass for this one). There are sport climbs and we can set up topropes by hiking up and around in order to play on the trad stuff.

 

Communications

I'll email all the rsvp-ers nearer the date and we can trade
numbers to ensure late arrivals or lostee's (it happens) can locate us or catch up or get directions (if I don't reply immediately give it a little while, I might be climbing, belaying someone, or just out of breath from hiking)
Basically when you see the champagne colored Toyota Corola with
the 'LA County Coroner' sticker you're in the right place. At the crags look for the 'Union Jack' painted climbing helmet.

Stuff to Bring
Essentials: Harness, shoes, water, sunblock.

Would be handy if you have them: Rope, helmet, quickdrawers, ATC, cams, chalk, anchors, safety slings and such.

Camping: Tent, food, firewood, sleeping bag.

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  • Bruce M.

    Excellent trip. Tieton was great, and I acquired a new 10b project to work on (layback on a pair of two finger pulls!?!), and a relocation to Vantage to dodge the rain let me finally lead and climb for the first time 'Ride 'em Cowboy' and explore to Zig Zag wall which was brilliant. Grand camping, great crowd. Thanks to all for coming.

    1 · May 28, 2013

    • Will

      11b ;)

      May 28, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      Splendid. I feel far less puny now for having been defeated by the truly diabolic crux.

      1 · May 28, 2013

  • Alex

    Message to Steve:
    Steve, I have your nut tool. I'll bring it in SG on Thursday.

    May 28, 2013

    • Stephen Y.

      Thanks Alex, I was wondering where it went. See you on Thursday.

      May 28, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      After how long you lot were working on that cam, I'm surprised it wasn't worn down to a nub :)

      May 28, 2013

  • Ada A.

    Had a great time and happy to meet everyone. Thanks for a great weekend.

    May 28, 2013

  • Will

    Another awesome weekend! Other than the rain and the drive home :( Tieton + Vantage = so many adventures

    May 27, 2013

  • Will

    GO AWAY RAIN. YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE.

    May 27, 2013

  • Alex

    Excellent!

    May 27, 2013

  • Scott

    Joining late. Leaving east side at 9am Sat! Bruce can you add me to the contact info email thread? Thanks

    May 24, 2013

  • Shabnam

    I would like to go but don't have a climbing partner. I can follow up to 10a and can lead pretty easy trad 5.6 or so ... I have a rope and about half a trad rack.. let me know if interested...

    May 21, 2013

    • Ada A.

      Shabnam, I'm literally 1 block away from Northgate p&r, so picking you up is not a problem. If everyone wants to meet at Eastgate instead...then I'll just head straight there

      May 24, 2013

    • Shabnam

      Hey Ada. .I can meet at Eastgate p&r tomorrow... staying with a friend that lives closer

      May 24, 2013

  • Hutch

    not finding soup ck rd. or NF-344 on my maps... I'm assuming it must be signed? so for anyone heading over hwy 410 E or 12 E, this turnoff would be east of the 12/410 junction, between the dam and naches, correct?

    May 23, 2013

    • Stephen Y.

      Yes it's one of the small turnoffs immediately after the dam. There's a small town called lake something resort and if you reach that you've gone too far.

      May 24, 2013

    • Hutch

      ahh found it on the map, thanks, was looking further east. looking forward to it. will bring a crash pad as well, thinking about maybe checking out the caldera for some bouldering sunday, sounds pretty sweet. hopefully someone has the guidebook and can hook it up with directions, if anyone else is interested in going there too hit me up...

      May 24, 2013

  • Hutch

    Still tentative, but I'll probably make saturday and sunday, probably leave from kent/covington saturday AM and head back sunday PM. will bring draws and a rope...

    May 22, 2013

    • Christie B.

      Hey Hutch. Are you pretty certain you're doing Sat. and Sunday? I'm riding out with Lindsey and Wes later on Saturday and would like to come back on Sunday evening (life has gotten a lot busier than I'd thought so can't stay all the days). Just let me know if I could maybe get a ride back with you (to the East Gate P&R).

      May 24, 2013

    • Christie B.

      Nevermind. Life just went haywire and I have to bail. Hope to climb with y'all soon!

      May 24, 2013

  • Will

    Important note: Look for Soup Creek rd, the NF signs are pretty small. If you get to the tunnel you ARE TOO FAR. I had zero location services and data out there, so load up the maps beforehand and keep this page up if you can. It's a bummer feeling lost.

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Alex

    I am coming on Saturday morning and maybe will bring my wife and daughter.

    May 24, 2013

  • Megan

    YES! Juliet and I are coming!

    May 23, 2013

  • Lindsey E.

    Anyone else going out on Saturday morning or early afternoon and returning Monday that either wants a ride or has room in their car? I've never been to Teiton and would feel more comfortable having someone along with me :)

    May 22, 2013

    • Christie B.

      Later works for me. I'm scrambling to get things done so I'm free this weekend as is :-) I'll probably take a bus down south to meet you because I don't really want to leave my car somewhere for the whole weekend. Trying to find a good spot off of the 48 line near I-90 if that works for you!

      May 23, 2013

    • Lindsey E.

      Sounds great! Let me know what you find. If you can, we have one other person (Wes) riding along now meeting me at the East Gate Park and Ride right off of I-90. We're planning to meet at noon :-)

      May 23, 2013

  • Wesley F.

    Does anyone want to leave late Saturday morning/early afternoon?

    May 23, 2013

  • Sharvil T.

    Would have loved to keep exploring windy point! I am in Chicago for that weekend.

    May 9, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      It might have been Scorpion King (10c) Does this description sound familiar? http://www.mountainpr...­

      May 23, 2013

    • Will

      Maybe. The distance between the first and second bolts was pretty large. I don't remember the rest, really. It was brutal for the last climb of the weekend, that's for sure.

      May 23, 2013

  • Christie B.

    Anyone driving from Seattle and have an open spot? I'll bring snacks and gas money :-) I'm up for any or all days of climbing.

    May 21, 2013

    • Lindsey E.

      Woops, just saw the other thread!

      May 22, 2013

    • anya

      Anyone thinking if heading there on friday? How busy will the camping be ?

      May 22, 2013

  • Will

    Don't worry if you don't have a partner. We'll have plenty of people happy and willing to belay and teach. We'll have a few racks, but as we learned last weekend it couldn't hurt to bring plenty of extra to borrow in case someone is missing a piece or two.

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming down from Canada as well, so if folks intend to meet somewhere on Saturday morning and convoying out I would be game for that.

    May 21, 2013

    • anya

      Kathryn...where do you live ?

      May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am coming in from Victoria but continuing on after the trip.

      May 21, 2013

  • anya

    I will bring rope and lead gear...but probably can't lead much...

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming down from Canada as well, so if folks intend to meet somewhere on Saturday morning and convoying out I would be game for that.

    May 21, 2013

  • anya

    Just wondering if I could meet up with someone in seattle to follow them for the drive there...I will be coming from canada driving by myself and would like to camp with others...s

    May 20, 2013

  • Matt

    I too have done little top roping. I have the harness and shoes and chalk but no rope or belay equipment, just fyi. Will easier routes be available?

    May 19, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      Totally. It's worked out really well so far with the lead climbers warming up on a few of the easier routes and establishing them as topropes for everyone else. So there'll be plenty to choose from

      May 20, 2013

  • Ada A.

    Can't wait

    May 20, 2013

  • Ada A.

    Can't wait

    May 17, 2013

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