The golden days at Smith...

Time-lapse of climbing and scenics at Smith Rock submitted by Tommy Pittenger.

By Mike Volk • Albums: Climbing, Scenic

Oreganic Volume 2

04/05/11 12:48

The Oreganic Series—Volume 2

It's the beginning of the climbing season for some. Others are stuck in the gym dreaming of the real thing. For the fortunate ones who can ditch their jobs and classes, there's year-round fun chasing the best temps at the best crags.

Home to world-class crack climbing and over 60 bouldering satellites, Oregon hides under the radar of many travelers. The quest for new areas has left many classic crags like Smith Rock forgotten by the climbing masses. Yet there's year-round climbing, time-honored test pieces and stellar untapped projects.

Oreganic Vol.2 leads off with a bit of a twist. A few Bend Dirtbags take it to the neighboring state of Idaho. Ryan Palo briefs us on some basic Boyscout skills before swingin’ like an utter from Riggin’s own limestone cave.

On deck, Ethan Pringle charges Scarface, Smith Rock, with an obscure sequence skipping the famous mono move. Scarface has been recognized as the first 5.14a established by an American on U.S. soil. After Scott Franklin did the first ascent in 1988, Todd Skinner and Throwin’’ The Houlihan in Wild Iris, Wyoming joined the ranks in 1991. After a brief down-rating to 13d, Scarface is still among the most classic hard routes in the world holding it’s grade at 5.14a.

As a closer, Cody Scarpella pushes a new Trout Creek line. Weeks later Cody proudly claimed the first ascent of the ultra-classic May Fly, 5.12+.

Enjoy.

Music:
MarvEllis marvellis.com (opening instumental)
Medium Troy mediumtroy.com
Film/Edit: Greg Garretson

By Greg Garretson • Albums: Climbing

The Oreganic Series--a historical and fresh film series of the best climbing spots in Oregon.

It's the beginning of the climbing season for some. Others are stuck in the gym dreaming of the real thing. For the fortunate ones who can ditch their jobs and classes, there's year-round fun chasing the best temps at the best crags.

Home to world-class crack climbing and over 60 bouldering satellites, Oregon hides under the radar of many travelers. The quest for new areas has left many classic crags like Smith Rock forgotten by the climbing masses. Yet there's year-round climbing--time-honored test pieces and stellar untapped projects.

The new Oreganic video series explores the excitement that is Oregon climbing. From finger pimpin’ to playground stunts, the series focuses on a variety of climbing and lifestyle. The man behind the camera, Greg Garretson, follows living legends to unsung powerhouses through the Oregon experience.

Whether you're facebooking at work or living the "freebird" lifestyle, the Oreganic Video series will put a smile on your face. Enjoy.

Rock climbing, Monkey Face Highline, and the Monkey Swing at Smith Rock State Park, Oregon.

Monkey Swing: Adam Ermatinger
Climbing:
Aggro Monkey: Jonathan Siegrist
Chemical Ali: Ryan Palo
Rude Boys: Luke Neufeld-Cumming
Slackline: Joel Springer

Music: Marv Ellis, Dreamcatcher Juice
marvellis.com

Film/Edit: Greg Garretson

By Greg Garretson • Albums: Climbing

"The Main Area"

03/01/11 10:05

Classic sign pointing the way to most popular climbing areas at Smith Rock.

By Mike Volk • Albums: Climbing