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Jake_Gano

First time visiting Tieton ?s

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I'm going to be in the 'neighborhood' for a Rainier trip and since we have a little wiggle room in our agenda I'm considering a side trip to Tieton.   It's a hard to get the lay of the land from Mountain Project.  The first time I went to Vantage I burnt most of a day figuring out what's what using an black-and-white photocopy of the old guidebook and I'm not eager to have a similar experience at Tieton.  Is there one spot that is the "go-to" for first time Tieton climbers?

Since I'm traveling from out-of-state I would prefer not to carry much extra gear.  Can I get around most of the crags with a single 60 meter rope? Is there enough high-quality bolted climbs at any of the crags to get by with just draws and keep myself entertained for a day?  If not I could probably be talked into tossing a single rack into my luggage but a double rack to 4 is out of the questions.

What else do I need to know that I'm not smart enough to ask?

Thanks in advance!

 

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You don't say what grade range you are comfortable with. However, I believe the highest concentration of "moderate" routes for a day, with no more than a single rack and 60m rope, is at The Bend. 

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Or the whole Lava Point bluff if you just want to clip bolts - mostly 5.9 to 5.10 and interesting climbing. The Bend has a few bolted routes, but there is a reason it was once tentatively named The Crack House. ;-)

 

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