Heading down to Smith Rock

The Place

Smith Rock is Oregon’s premier rock climbing destination, and one of the best sport climbing areas in the United States with over 1800 routes, so I'm sure we'll find plenty to do.
http://www.smithrock.com/
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/smith-rock/105788989

The Plan

Getting there: Smith Rock State Park is located in the town of Terrebonne, Oregon. Take Smith Rock Drive East off of Hwy. 97 in Terrebonne, then take a left on 17th Street, a right on Wilcox Ave, and finally a left on Crooked River Drive to the main parking lot.

Driving time: Smith Rock State Park is approximately 6-7 hours from Seattle. So it might be wise to get the travelling out of the way on Friday (I'm heading up Friday morning so will be there from Friday afternoon to Monday morning).

Saturday

At 9am we'll dawdle at the yurt (the round thing in this pic)

http://goo.gl/maps/rGR3n

Because the chance of rain has increased for Sunday, we'll move the plans and do the Marsupials area, which is a hike out of 45-60 mins to start at Koala Rock
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/koala-rock/105802271

And on the way maybe stop at Staender Ridge, starting at Adit Rock
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/staender-ridge/105819648

Sunday

We'll gather maybe hit Morning Glory to see if we can snag '5 Gallon Buckets' amongst others, and then either back to the Marsupials if there's stuff we still want to do, or formulate another plan.

Stuff to Bring

The Essentials: Harness and shoes. Water and sunblock. Camping gear if joining us for that

The Useful Additions: Slings, quickdrawers, rope, helmet, slings, carabiners, anchors, chalk, cams and nuts would be handy. And the guides also recommend stick clips and a commitment to using them regardless of your opinion on them.

The Camping

There is a $5.00/car fee to use Smith Rock that can be paid for at the kiosk in the main parking lot. The Smith Bivy area which is adjacent to the park-- look for the sign just before the main parking lot. There are bathrooms, water, and a cooking area; no fires are allowed. Be aware this is tent camping only - you cannot sleep in your vehicles.

However, if this place is full, or if you really, really want to make a fire there is also Skull Hollow just down the road...

http://www.smithrock.com/localguide/campgrounds/sh_campground.html

No water, no showers, but flame is permitted.

Communications

I'll email all the rsvp-ers nearer the date and we can trade numbers to ensure late arrivals or lostee's (it happens, and because of the distances to be travelled I'm sure some will be early, some will be late) can locate us or catch up or get directions (if I don't reply immediately give it a little while, I might be climbing, belaying someone, or just out of breath from hiking).

In the parking area, look for the champagne colored Toyota Corola with the 'LA County Coroner' sticker. At the crags look for the Union Jack painted climbing helmet.

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  • Michael C.

    Good meeting you all and hanging out. Here are some of the photos Annie took: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.488032187932579.1073741827.204184069650727&type=1

    June 20, 2013

  • Jean-Pierre C.

    It was nice you meet you all! I had a great time this weekend and hopefully we can do it again!! See ya 'round.

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      Glad you came (and made it back)

      June 17, 2013

  • Bruce M.

    Brilliant trip! A sweet drive down listening to WWZ on audiobook with Erin :) Followed by grand camping at Skull Hollow with a roaring fire under the stars, then a totally spiff hike to the Marsupials with a most excellent crew where we climbed a bunch of amazing routes, and I got to lead a few as well as 'perfect' my toe hook barn door arête swirl tactic on a 10a. Then another splendid evening round the campfire followed by my first go at leading at Morning Glory and Rope De Dope, and topped off with a burrito the size of a pillow, a margarita the size of a bucket, and a drive home to finish off the book. You don't get a better mini vacation. Thanks to all who came and made it such a fab memory.

    2 · June 17, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      Oh yeah, and proper showers and free water after climbing? Oh yeeeeah.

      June 17, 2013

  • Erin H

    Had a brilliant time and met loads of fun, welcoming people -- as well as great climbers. I love Smith Rock for its variety and its amenities ($2.00 for a private shower is SO worth it after a day of hiking and climbing). I'd climb with you all again any day!

    June 17, 2013

  • Jacob M.

    Thanks everyone- had a great time!

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time meeting everyone and climbing with you guys. Hopefully I'll climb with you all again in the future, have a good one guys.

    June 17, 2013

  • Renee G.

    I had the best time. Thank you everyone.

    June 16, 2013

  • Irena Rocks M.

    Hey everyone! Had so much fun climbing with you! Please look me up on facebook...would love to maintain a connection, I'm having a bonfire at my house next Saturday. If anyone wants to come and campout, hit me up! It will be a blast and I would love to see you!

    June 16, 2013

  • Cory

    Anyone who couldn't make it want to head to 38 today?

    June 16, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Just set up camp in the Smith bivy area. Headed out to Walmart for last minute (forgotten) essentials.. :) catch you guys in the yurt in morning.

    June 14, 2013

  • Erin H

    Bruce and I are camping in Skull Hollow, campsite 21. We have room for four more people at our site if anyone wants to camp with us!

    June 14, 2013

  • Am_anda

    Bummer, can't find a ride. Will join another time, have fun Bruce!

    June 14, 2013

  • Jean-Pierre C.

    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to the group and want to come on this trip but don't have a car. I do however have a rope, quickdraws, and some gas money if anyone thinks I'd be able to ride with. Give me a shout to arrange the details.

    Thanks.

    - JP

    June 10, 2013

    • Jean-Pierre C.

      Hey Renee. Yes, I was planning on meeting you at the bus station in Tacoma at 430

      June 13, 2013

    • Deva

      Renee- my ride just cancelled, any chance you have room for one more? I can meet you in tacoma. Thanks!

      June 13, 2013

  • Deva

    Hi all, my ride cancelled at the last minute- does anyone still have room for a passenger leaving seattle friday afternoon? Cell:[masked]-3325. Thanks!

    1 · June 13, 2013

  • Michael C.

    I'm stoked. I'll be driving down Friday morning with a stop in Portland. Then heading down the Smith Bivy campsite in the late afternoon. Bruce - Probably see you at the Smith Bivy area if not super packed. Or at the yurt Saturday morn.

    June 13, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      Excellent. If we score a spot we'll either head down to do a route or two, or might just hit that awesome Mexican place in town and kick back for the evening.

      June 13, 2013

  • Megan

    I do not like my shoulders at the moment. We are not friends. They are failing me when I want them most. Have fun you able bodies!

    June 12, 2013

  • Irena Rocks M.

    Hey just checking in to see what the plan is....I will be there Saturday morning and want to know when and where to meet up. I'm driving from olymia. My # is[masked]

    June 12, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      We're meeting at 9am at the Yurt.

      June 12, 2013

  • Deva

    Hi all,

    I'm also still looking for a ride! I'd be happy to make this a Friday - Sunday or Saturday - Monday trip, and will happily contribute gas money and snacks for the ride. I live on Capitol Hill but can meet elsewhere. Thanks!!!

    June 12, 2013

    • Cory

      How about a Saturday night - Monday night/Tuesday morning trip??

      June 12, 2013

  • Cory

    Well, looks like I need to stick around Seattle on Saturday. Anyone want to leave Saturday night or Sunday morning and come back on Monday night or Tuesday??

    June 12, 2013

  • Am_anda

    Hello, is anyone heading down Saturday and have room in their car? I'm in Fremont. I would love to get in on this event. I'll bring gas money, snacks, beer... Thank you!!

    June 11, 2013

  • Tyler H.

    Hello everyone, I am new to the club and some what new to climbing. I have been climbing in the gym a good amount and to vantage a couple times.
    I have a harness and shoes but no quick draws and rope. I would be coming from Federal way and leaving after work around 5:30. I have room for one due to my small truck /:
    Is it an issues I don't have all the gear? If not, I would love to go and have someone join me driving down. Thanks,
    Tyler

    June 10, 2013

    • Tyler H.

      Hey Renee, I could be there at 4:30 but I will not be able to stay until Monday. I would have to head back Sunday. Not sure what your plans are.

      June 11, 2013

    • Renee G.

      Ok great. I have to leave Sunday as well. Lets meet at the train station in Tacoma at 4:30 I think you can park your car there. my cell is[masked]

      June 11, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    Anybody carpooling? Would want to leave Friday night.

    May 31, 2013

    • DIAN

      Oh thanks...I want to get down there a little sooner...thanks for the reply.

      June 10, 2013

    • Renee G.

      Jonathon do you need a ride I have room for one more.

      June 11, 2013

  • Raquel

    Hi, I'm interested in carpooling with someone if they have some room and I can contribute gas $ & snacks. Cheers, Raquel

    June 8, 2013

    • Renee G.

      Raquel where do you live Im coming from Tacoma and I think I have room for one more.

      June 10, 2013

    • Raquel

      Hi thanks. I'll be working in Bellevue that day and won't be out if work until 5:30p so I don't think I'd make it on time for carpool.

      June 10, 2013

  • DIAN

    I live in Portland if anyone can or wants to carpool. I would like to leave around 3-4 Friday afternoon. I can take 2 more tightly in my small car...small coolers are welcome as well as efficiently packed gear and bags.
    Dian

    June 10, 2013

  • Am_anda

    Hello, I will also be in need of a ride please. Coming from Fremont, will bring $$ and snacks! Thanks :)

    June 9, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Looking forward to this. This will be my first climb with the group.

    June 9, 2013

  • Dave and C.

    Traveling

    June 1, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    Tentative RSVP

    May 31, 2013

  • Am_anda

    Yeah! I will be coming from Fremont and would love a ride please. Gas $ and snacks a must, don't worry. Thank you!

    May 22, 2013

  • Jesse S.

    I live in bend!

    May 11, 2013

  • Damon

    D'oh! I'll be on vacation

    April 27, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      No worries, I'm sure we'll be popping down there again soon enough.

      April 27, 2013

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