Smith Rock State Park is one of the great climbing destinations of North America. It’s also considered to be the birthplace of modern American sport climbing. Towers of welded tuff (volcanic ash and rock that spewed from ancient volcanoes before melting together) form a jagged skyline that contrasts with the flat landscape around. As a result, views from the top of these craggy formations are some of the best in the Pacific Northwest.
The climbing in Smith Rocks includes climbing for both beginner and advanced students. You can find moderate sport and trad multi-pitch routes alongside some of the most challenging sport routes in the country. There are splitter cracks, steep jug-hauls, and technical slab routes. There are also two different rock types- welded tuff and columnar basalt- all within a few minutes walk. Smith is an ideal venue for climbers hoping to develop their skills as outdoor climbers or climb their first multi-pitch routes. Miyar guides can adapt the climbing difficulty and learning content to the abilities and goals of students.
Parking: Smith Rocks has ample parking in the lots provided. There is a $5 parking fee per vehicle per day. For those who are spending three days this is recommended, for people spending four or more days it’s better to buy a yearly parking pass the Oregon State Parks pass only costs $20 and will get you in all year.
Skills Covered During Smith Rock Climbing Course:
- Clothing selection for specific routes
- Equipment selection for specific routes
- Trip planning and permits
- Climbing movement technique
- Using a guidebook
- Belaying (tope rope and lead)
- Rappelling in a multipitch setting
- Placing traditional protection
- Traditional anchors
- Outdoor Lead “sport” climbing
- Sport anchors
- Knots and hitches
- Camping skills
We will have a logistics meeting or email a week before the trip.
Accommodation: There are plenty of hotels and motels in Bend Oregon (the closest major town). The guides will be staying in the Smith Rocks campground (within walking distance of the park.) The camp ground has showers and sinks.
Duration3-5 Days Group size: 2-6
Minimum Age8 years old
ActivityRock Climbing and Instruction
- Group climbing equipment- (quickdraws, ropes, traditional gear, ect…)
- Guide services
- Pre-trip planning
- Camping gear
- Meals and snacks
- Personal clothing
- Personal climbing equipment- (backpack, harness, helmet, shoes, chalk bag, ATC, 2 Locking carabiners, and a double length sling)
- Parking fees
- Gratuities for guides
Note: depending on the wants/ needs of the clientele the itinerary is subject to change.
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