Broken Top is a heavily eroded volcano with spectacular views of the Three Sisters. It's a fairly easy ascent - a bit of easy snow and one very short section (10 feet) of 5.1 rock climbing.

Activity Notes

This will be a single day climb up Broken Top, NW Ridge. This climb is suitable for those looking to take BCEP, and for recent BCEP grads. The climb will go at a moderate steady pace. Think "efficient" rather than "fast."

Technical skills (prior knowledge useful, but not required):

  1. Basic techniques with crampon/axe
  2. Fixed-line usage with a Prusik hitch
  3. Rappelling

I can provide sufficient training in the field for these skills.


As a note, I deliberately focus on selecting a diverse, and gender-balanced team when selecting applicants to my climbs. I take into consideration an individual's physical fitness, sufficient skill level for the route, and how they can increase the diversity of the climb team. This especially extends to the selection of the climb assistants, and lead-climbers, in order to open opportunity for their training as future leaders in the Mazamas.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, or the assistant.

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 190 miles
Driving Time from Portland 4 hours
Distance - Round Trip 380 miles
General Route Info Broken Top is a dramatically eroded core of an ancient volcano, with spectacular views of all three sisters and the central Oregon cascades. The climb can be done car to car in a long day, or as a more pleasant 2 day outing with an overnight backpack camp at the popular Green Lakes area.
Expected Duration Car to car in two or more days
Interesting Features Glacier(s)
Relevant Books Oregon High, by Jeff Thomas
Relevant Maps USGS 7 minute series, Broken Top, and Geo-Graphics Three Sisters Google map,-121.7085357,15z/data=!5m1!1e4?hl=en
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