Smith Rock State Park - Rock Climbing

May, September-October

Every May and October I travel down to Smith Rock State Park, just outside of Bend, Oregon, for a week or two of rock climbing. In climbing history, Smith Rock was the first area in America to be bolted and cleaned on rappel - creating the first sport climbing destination. For two decades, it was the cutting edge in technical difficulty. Now, it has litterally hundreds of routes from beginner to expert. Its also home to some fantastic multi-pitch climbs and incredible crack climbing.

It's only a 5-hour drive from Seattle (with Portland conveniently enroute), or a commuter plane flight to the Redmond Airport. Lodging and dining options range from camping and cooking in the park and a short walk to the crags every day, to nice hotels and eating out in Bend, Oregon, 30 minutes away. There's also classic alpine climbing and mountaineering on Mt Hood (also available in May), and great mountain biking around Bend.

Smith Rock has it all - easy introductory climbs to expert-only, sport climbing on sunny cliffs or trad climbing in the Upper Gorge, watching the river otters go fishing. Multi-pitch and even a few climbs that I'll dare say feel alpine.

If you're interested in combining this with a ski descent or a climbing ascent of Mt Hood in May, check out my Mt Hood Alpine page here LINK or my ski itineraries here LINK.

Exact dates vary from year to year, so contact me for details. You can also make it happen at your convenience by booking for 4 or more days, May-June, September-October.

I offer these trips as a guide-employee of Smith Rock Climbing School.