Mark Cartier Accident

Posted by Mike Volk on 06/17/12

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.

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Heavy Rains Cause Widespread Trail Damage

Posted by Mike Volk on 06/08/12

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.

Misery Ridge trail at Smith Rock

Water rut on Misery Ridge trail by Monkey Face.

Ascent of "Just Do IT" (5.14c)

Posted by Mike Volk on 05/29/12

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

Busiest Weekend at Smith?

Posted by Mike Volk on 05/29/12

Great temperatures and the holiday weekend made for huge crowds in the park.

The campground (bivy) filled to capacity on Friday and Saturday evenings. Day use parking overflowed onto Crooked River Drive past Rockhard. Popular routes had clusters of social climbers.

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Drinking Water in the Canyon

Posted by Mike Volk on 10/25/11

The water faucet by the footbridge has been turned off for the winter season.

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