The new park policy regarding slack lines, zip lines and rope swings is outlined in the Srmu Slak Line Policy PDF.
Jerry Misvewski traversed the longest highline at Smith Rock on August 31st. The The Aggro Gully to Cocaine Gully line spans a distance of 380 feet. Jerry set the world record in California a few weeks ago at 390 feet.
See Smith Rock Highline Festival 2012 for the complete story.
On June 14, Mark Cartier headed up Mt Hood, a mountain he loved and climbed hundreds of times over the last 40 years. Tragically he took a 1000 foot fall near the top, which he did not survive.
Please see http://smithrock.com/mark-cartier/index.html for donation information.
A short lived cloudburst during a 24 hour storm on 6/4/12 created deep ruts in many of the trails at Smith.
Small streams formed troughs, scoured down to the bedrock and deposited piles of mud on switchbacks throughout the park.
The most heavily damaged trail was the upper section of the Misery Ridge Trail on the Monkey Face side of the hill.
Local climber Ryan Palo does "Just Do IT" (5.14c) on Monkey Face on May 19th.
Read Ryan's excellent article on climbing at your limit on his blog at http://ryanpalo.blogspot.com/.