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.
We're heading up Saturday so we can get an early start Sunday morning and explore and climb all day. We're then going to camp there, and continue climbing Monday before heading out.
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. Apparently it's pretty easy to find.
Driving time: Smith Rock State Park is approximately 6-7 hours from Seattle.
We're aiming for a 9 a.m start Sunday morning. Meet at the parking lot if you haven't run into us at the camp ground Saturday evening.
We're looking at sport climbs in the 5.6 to 5.10 range. If anyone has any suggestions/recommendations feel free.
The Essentials: Harness and shoes. Water and sunblock. Camping gear if joining us for that (warning, it'll be getting cold at night so be prepared 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.
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.
We're planning on a longer trip in April 2013, so this is a chance to pop down there, take a look and see what's what (and it'll give us an idea of what aspects to focus on during the winter gym climbing months, and what gear to ask Santa for).
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 lot, look for the champagne colored Toyota Corola with the 'LA County Coroner' sticker. At the crags look for the Union Jack painted climbing helmet.
Final Note: People inevitably take pictures and it is awesome to do so, but just in case....
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This can't be enforced to the degree of a guarantee, but we ask all attendees to respect peoples wishes.
Otherwise we assume that everyone is okay with having their awesome-ness captured for posterity.