Special Addition Kicks Off 14th Annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration

Now in its 14th year here at Smith Rock State Park, the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) Friday evening lecture series adds a special Saturday event starting this weekend, October 1.

Oct. 1 [Saturday], noon-3 p.m.: Welcome Center 
Patrick O’Grady, Ph.D., and staff archaeologist for the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History will display and discuss “The Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory.”

With over thirty 1’x2′ display boards of photos, text and drawings explaining the technologies represented on each board, the museum also includes loose artifacts like those shown below.Oregon Archaeology Celebration Traveling Museum relics at Smith Rock State Park


New Trail Monitors Help Tell the Traffic Story

The new trail monitors are pretty discreet at Smith Rock. Even knowing the general location of one of them still had us asking one of the rangers where it was.

That’s the plan. Don’t interfere with the visitors. Just record their comings and goings to help guide future resource management at the park.

park installing trail monitorsInstalled in various high traffic areas, Smith Rock State park staff hopes to learn what type of user and how many of each are using the trails.

Smith Rock trail monitors appCapable of measuring bike, horse, and human traffic, the data gets transmitted via sensors back to a website for analysis.

What’s Up With Those Highliners?

If you were at the park this past weekend you may have witnessed the unofficial Smith Rock Highline Festival.

Brian Mosbough on highline at Smith RockWhile still in its formative years, the festival started off in 2012, organized by Brian Mosbaugh.

A climber and slackliner, Brian set his sights on combining his love for heights and the rock spires to stringing highlines across the chasms below.

He and a small group of friends then wanted to share the Smith experience in a collective gathering of like-minded highliners.

Brian Mosbaugh at Unofficial Highline FestivalThe unofficial Smith Rock Highline Festival was born. Highlight videos and more of the original festival can be found here.