The Senate and the House Committee have voted in favor of SB327 which will restore Recreation Immunity in Oregon, which will all the bridge to re-open. Next it goes to the House Floor and then to the governor.
We are currently working on some issues with the insurance company. This is due to a lawsuit in Portland and is NOT directly related to climbing.
The bridge will hopefully re-open early summer of 2017.
Long term use of the bridge looks really good. The City of Redmond is very supportive of the project and wants to see it opened back up again. They have gone to great lengths to find a solution. All money and supplies donated for the project are secure and will be used once the bridge re-opens.
Nobody is more bummed about the closure than we are. The starting holds and quickdraws have been removed. The rest of the route is remaining up, because we are confident that it will be re-opened. In the mean time…GO CLIMB A ROCK!
ABOUT THE BRIDGE
Maple Avenue Bridge is a 70 foot tall and 780 foot long concrete bridge located in Redmond Oregon. It was constructed in 2007 with three 210 foot arch spans. In July of 2015, the first climbing routes began getting developed. There are 8 arches which climbing may be developed on(under).
The bridge spans over the Dry Canyon which runs the length of Redmond. The Deschutes River was located here many years ago, but shifted channels to the west. The floor of the canyon is dirt, grass, sagebrush and junipers. There is a paved pedestrian/bicycle path. The character of the natural canyon and the flat canyon floor makes it a great place for climbing. The approach is very short, since you can park about 100 feet from the east side of the bridge.
2016-17 Redmond Visitor & Business Guide – Front Cover!!!
Climbing Magazine Feb/March 2016
Sunset Blog Jan 4, 2016
The Source Weekly Story about CO Climbing Sept 10
KTVZ Television Story Aug 27
Redmond Spokesman Cover Aug 12
Bend Bulletin Story July 15
Bend Bulletin Editorial July 17
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