About the Marymoor Park Climbing Rock:
The Marymoor climbing wall within Marymoor Park of Redmond is an excellent location for eastsiders to climb on short notice or when the weather is too inconsistent to risk making the longer trip to the mountains. The wall offers a variety of short sport climbing routes from 5.6 to 5.11 difficulties, which make it a popular place to learn and shore up lead climbing techniques. Routes are about 30 feet and require 5-6 quickdraws. Bouldering is also on hand and on nice days plenty of regulars will be sending the hardest problems. If free-soloing is your cup of tea, Marymoor offers a consistent grade of climbing (5.6-5.8) from bottom to top. In the summer, it’s not uncommon to see several soloists completing laps around the high sections of the wall, attracting awe and dubious looks from other park-goers. Top-roping is only accessible by lead climb or soloing. The ground is covered by a thick layer of wood-chips which prevent injury, but are annoyingly adept at sticking to climbing shoes and clothes. Climbers have reported cratering from heights of up to 25 feet and walking away uninjured.
Afternoons are peak time for the Marymoor wall, so if you’re looking for peace and quiet it’s recommended that you try morning, lunchtime, or a colder day. When it is raining, it’s possible to access a small amount of bouldering under the overhanging section of the wall. Most Fridays during the summer, the adjacent velodrome hosts bicycle races and the announcer’s flamboyant, infectious optimism makes it difficult to resist wandering over and watching a race or two. Concerts at Marymoor are audible from the wall, so its not a bad idea to come and climb while taking in a favorite artist from a distance. Marymoor is a dog friendly park so feel free to bring your canine companion along as well.
The wall is free and parking is $1 which goes towards supporting the park. No equipment is provided. The Marymoor website has little information on the wall. The best way to become familiar with the wall is to head down there and ask around. The regulars are friendly and will tell you everything you need to know to get started.
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