“It won’t make you climb better, but it will make you a better climber“
As residents of the Yakima Valley we are fortunate to have the Tieton in our backyard. These cliffs are beautiful, wild, and offer unique and challenging climbing for all levels.
At the Yakima Climbing Scene we believe that it is our responsibility as locals to be the caretakers of these crags. We work to achieve this by hosting several stewardship events throughout the year.
These events aim to maintain and improve our crags, to bring climbers together and give them a deeper connection to the area, and to work together to preserve safe access for the current and future generations.
We sponsor a two mile stretch of Highway 12 from the Bend parking area to the Moon Rocks / Chunkyard parking area. In the Spring and again in the Fall we walk this section of highway collecting trash.
Do Your Part
If you are interested in participating in a clean-up watch the websites events page for upcoming clean-ups, or check our facebook page.
All participants are required sign a DOT waiver (provided the day of) and to have the following safety items:
- Hard soled shoes (approach shoes, or boots recommended)
- Orange safety vest will be provided
Trail Work Days
None of the climbing areas in the Tieton were designed by experts. Many of the approaches head straight up the hillside and most cliffs feature narrow sloping staging areas with no hardened infrastructure. Natural erosion along with increased impact from more climbers visiting these areas is becoming a concern. In order to preserve access to these areas we need to improve approaches and staging areas and to educate climbers about the importance of staying on established trails and to be mindful of limiting their impact.
Trail Work Days are held several times per year and range from clearing brush and repairing approaches to building large belay structures and staircases. These events give climbers a deeper connection to the dirt at the base of their favorite climbs and a greater awareness of the impact of their actions. They also offer a great opportunity to work closely with other climbers, make a difference, and have fun.
Join the Fun
No previous experience building trails or using tools is required to participate, and all tools are provided.
If you are interested in participating watch the websites events page for upcoming Trail Work Days, or check our facebook page.
All participants are required sign a WDFW waiver (provided the day of) and to have the following safety items:
- Sturdy work gloves
- Safety Glasses or Sunglasses
- Ear protection
- Water and Food