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Climbing Program

The Chemeketan climbing program provides a variety of activities, training, and climbs ranging from those suitable for first year climbers to more technical climbs for experienced mountaineers. All climbs on the schedule, including the climb school, are qualifying trips for Chemeketan membership. Completion of the Chemeketan climb school, or an equivalent climb school experience as approved by the leader of each individual climb, is required for participation in Chemeketan climbs.

Chemeketan climbs are limited in party size. All wilderness area activities are limited to no more than 12 participants by the Forest Service, and most climbs will have fewer depending on the nature of the climb and the preferences of the climb leader. Climbers interested in a particular climb should contact the leader as soon as possible to sign up in advance of the climb. Details of Chemeketan climbs are sometimes provided in the monthly bulletin prior to a scheduled climb, but interested individuals should check the schedule below and contact the individual climb leaders for more information.

The Climb Committee co-chairs are Mike Rudy and Mike Pennington.


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Climbing Schedule

Interpreting the climb schedule: the dates and days of the particular climbs/activities are listed chronologically, along with the climb leader. Many of the various mountains or locations are given as links. To learn more about the particular mountain, click its link and a new Summitpost.com webpage will appear with a description of the peak, access information, pictures, and some route descriptions. The climb leader’s name is also given as a link which, if clicked, will open a new email to that individual – use this to contact the leader. See the Chemeketan Climbing Classification System below for descriptions of the nature and likely difficulty of the climb, e.g., R1.

Getting on a climb: If, after investigating a particular climb, you feel you’d like to participate, please contact the climb leader via email (click the leader’s name link) or telephone. The leader will most likely inquire as to your experience, offer some further information on the climb, and inform you of your status. Some climbs are appropriate only for those with more experience, and all climbs are limited in party size at the discretion of the leader.

Watch this page as this year's climb schedule develops and changes.

Send an email directly to the Climb Leader to request a position on the climb team.

Climbing Schedule Key
Climbs   (* denotes activities available to first year climbers)
Training Opportunities (more info)
Social Events (more info)

2017 Climbing Schedule

Click the "?" on the schedule below for additional details about the climb.
Date DayActivity/Rating Climb Leader
Jan 12 - Jan 16Thu-Mon
Ouray (CO) Ice Climbing - S3
?Mike Pennington/Chris Salaz
Jan 28Sat?Mike Pennington
Mar 20Mon
Climb School Helper Crash Course - 630pm @ Salem Summit Company
?Michael Rudy
Mar 29Wed
Climb School Classroom Session #1
?Theresa Conley
Mar 30Thu
Rock Pro & Anchor Building Classroom Session 6:30pm Pringle Hall
?Michael Rudy
Apr 5Wed
Climb School Classroom Session #2
?Theresa Conley
Apr 7Fri
Rock Pro & Anchor Building @ Horsethief Butte
?Michael Rudy
Apr 8 - Apr 9Sat-Sun
Climb School Field Session
?Theresa Conley
Apr 22 - Apr 23Sat-Sun
Intro to Climbing at Smith Rock R1*
?Michael Rudy
Apr 30Sun?Mike Niemeyer
May 6 - May 7Sat-Sun
Intro to Sport Climbing at Smith Rock R1*
?Scott Phillips
May 12 - May 14Fri-Sun?Avery/M. Smith/Pennington
May 14Sun?Garry Stephenson/Ellen Gradison
May 20 - May 21Sat-Sun
Smith Rock Crag Outing C1*
?Erin Dubuc
Jun 2 - Jun 3Fri-Sat?Mason Smith/Mike Pennington
Jun 3 - Jun 4Sat-Sun
Smith Rock Crag Outing C1*
 Sue Nelson
Jun 9 - Jun 11Fri-Sun?Chris Salaz
Jun 10Sat?Ellen Gradison
Jun 10Sat?Bryon Snapp
Jun 11Sun
Mt Bailey U* CANCELLED
?Billy Bob Davis
Jun 22 - Jun 24Thu-Sat?Garry Stephenson
Jun 30 - Jul 2Fri-Sun?Michael Gurley
Jul 1 - Jul 4Sat-Tue?Jay Avery
Jul 1 - Jul 4Sat-Tue?Bill Saur
Jul 1 - Jul 4Sat-Tue?Chris Salaz
Jul 1 - Jul 2Sat-Sun?Chris Salaz
Jul 7 - Jul 8Fri-Sat?Craig Blanton
Jul 8 - Jul 9Sat-Sun?Bryon Snapp
Jul 8 - Jul 14Sat-Fri?Ellen Gradison/Garry Stephenson
Jul 14 - Jul 17Fri-Mon?Bill Saur
Jul 21 - Jul 23Fri-Sun?Chris Salaz
Jul 22Sat
Rooster Rock (Menagerie, OR) Crag Outing - C2
?Erin Dubuc
Jul 23Sun
Menagerie Climbing - Crag Outing C2
?Erin Dubuc
Jul 28 - Jul 30Fri-Sun?Mason Smith/Mike Pennington
TBA Aug?Chris Salaz
Aug 4 - Aug 6Fri-Sun?Bill Saur
Aug 10 - Aug 13Thu-Sun?Mike Pennington
Aug 11Fri?Mike Buren
Aug 12Sat?Theresa Conley
Aug 12 - Aug 13Sat-Sun?Billy Bob Davis
Aug 19 - Aug 25Sat-Fri?Bill Saur
Aug 20 - Aug 21Sun-Mon?Chris Salaz
Aug 24 - Aug 26Thu-Sat?Mike Pennington
Aug 25 - Aug 27Fri-Sun?Michael Gurley
Aug 26 - Aug 27Sat-Sun
Bulo Point Crag Outing C2
?Erin Dubuc
Sep 2 - Sep 4Sat-Mon?Bryon Snapp
Sep 8 - Sep 9Fri-Sat?Gabe Starr
Sep 9 - Sep 10Sat-Sun?Cathy Lazarus / Robyn Smyth
Sep 9Sat?Mike Buren
Sep 9Sat?Ellen Gradison
Sep 10Sun?Billy Bob Davis
Sep 22 - Sep 24Fri-Sun?Michael Gurley
Sep 23 - Sep 30Sat-Sat
Yosemite Facelift R1-R3
?Scott Phillips
Sep 30Sat?Mike Pennington
Oct 1Sun?Billy Bob Davis

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More Information

Past Climb Schedules By Year 
Climb Leadership
Typical Student Climbs
Training Opportunities
Social Activities
The Chemeketan Climbing Classification System (CCCS)
Chemeketan Climbing Awards
Selected Peak and Route Lists and Emblems

Climb Leader Resources

Current Climb Leaders.
Provisional Leader Feedback Form
Assistant Leader Feedback Form
Liability Release form
Climb Leader Guide 2017
Assistant Leader Skills Checklist
Scramble Summit Program
Chemeketan Color Codes for Climbing Gear

Climbers E-Mail Group
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opportunities, and other climbing related information.

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Revised 21 June 2017