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
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. (it’s all well signposted)
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 afternoon).
There is a $5.00/car fee to use Smith Rock that can be paid for at the kiosk in the main parking lot. There are also standpipes so you can fill up on water for free. You can also use the showers there for free if you’re camping there, or for $2 if not.
At 9am we'll dawdle at the yurt (the round thing in this pic)
We’ll then be heading out to Staender Ridge. First stop, Adit Rock for some warm up routes
And then either head upwards to the Mole for some tougher fare
Or off to the Marsupials where we’ll hit Koala Rock and/or Mud Pile
Afterwards, a brief drive into North Bend, to enjoy the splendor of Mcmenamins awesome salt water open air soaking pool.
$5 for access, but because yopu have to hand over your ID go to the bar first to grab a brew (ask for a plastic cup) to bring with you into the pool.
We’ll be staying at Skull Hollow campground because its spacious, quiet, and excellent
No water, no showers, but flame is permitted and they have firepits with hinged grills built in to assist bbq-ing. The manager usually has water and firewood you can buy.
However, if you want to stick close to the park there is the option of the Smith Rock campground. 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.
We'll gather and maybe hit Morning Glory to see if we can snag '5 Gallon Buckets' amongst others and perhaps just tour and see what’s open, such as Phonenix Wall with a selection of sporty goodness: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/phoenix/105790319 alternatively for a deluge of low level trad routes there’s the textbooks: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/the-textbooks/106181415 all of which could be set up for toprope with ease.
Stuff to Bring
The Essentials: Harness and shoes. Water and sunblock. Camping gear if joining us for that
Would be handy if you have them: Rope, helmet, quickdrawers, ATC, grigri, cams, chalk, anchors, safety slings and such. Camping: Tent, food, firewood, sleeping bag.
And the guides also recommend stick clips and a commitment to using them regardless of your opinion on them.
Dogs: Are allowed and it's pretty canine friendly, but they have to remain on leashes or the Rangers freak :)
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 and cammo trousers.