2012 Spring Thing

Posted by Mike Volk on 05/02/12

The annual Smith Rock Spring Thing is this Saturday, May 5th. Your volunteer efforts will help to provide better hiking trails, climbing access, as well as cleaning up and protecting park resources.

Volunteer for all or part of the day!

Sign up in the main parking lot from 8am to 10am. Free coffee and snacks. Pick a project and head to the site. Most projects are done around 1 or 2.

2012 Projects:
-Rock Wall-BBQ the Pope
-New Steps Main Area
-New stairs on Misery Ridge

In the evening at the State Park house/barn near the Northern Point, we will have:
Yoga - back lawn of house facing Marsupials at 3 and 4 pm.

Slackline - in the front lawn of the house.

Dinner - Starts at 5pm. Vegi and chicken mega-burritos. Terrebonne Depot brownies. Beverages.

Slideshow - Starts at 6pm Mark Hudon - Big wall hard man in the 70s. Former Smith Rock Mayor.

Auction and Raffle - Thousands of dollars of donated gear to help raise money to put on the event.

Cinco de Mayo...we will have a Pinata!


Lots of fun! Spread the word and come on out. See you there!

Smith Rock Summer Classic

Posted by ian caldwell on 07/08/11

The Smith Rock Summer Classic, an annual running race, will be on Saturday, July 9, 2011.

The race will start and finish in the Smith Rock State Park Parking Lot.

Crooked River Drive will be closed at approximately 6:15 am until 6:30 am and 7:00 am until 7:15 am.

There are two start times one at 6:15 am and one at 7 am. The event organizers have a permit with the county to close the road for approximately 15 minutes, for the start of each race.

There will be several hundred people at the event and racers will be running on the roads. Expect congestion. Park will remain open for other park visitors. Please try to avoid arriving at the park during these start times. Event participants will be parking in the RV/Overflow lot in the park and at the Pumpkin Patch just outside of the park.

For a map of the event or other information go to http://www.smithrockrace.com/

"History of Climbing at Smith Rock"

Posted by Mike Volk on 05/23/11

7 PM, Saturday May 28th

Smith Rock State Park
10260 NE Crooked River Drive
Terrebonne, Or 97760

Smith Rock State Park is hosting this event and Ian Caldwell will be the MC. Scheduled speakers include Alan Watts, Chris Jones, and Jim Ramsey. The event will take place in the barn and should last about 1-2 hours.

We are asking anyone with any climbing memorabilia they'd like to share including photos, old gear, sweet looking climbing tights etc. to bring it an hour earlier (6PM) to be set on tables outside the barn for people to see. Once the event has started all the memorabilia will be taken inside the house next to the barn and locked up for the duration of the presentation and can be picked up immediately after the event. We look forward to seeing everyone there and spread the word!

2011 Spring Thing Photos

Posted by Mike Volk on 05/09/11

Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SmithRockcom/312068176587

Ian Caldwell shot some great photos of the 2011 Smith Rock Spring Thing. Check them out on the SmithRock.com Facebook page.

2011 Smith Rock Spring Thing - May 7

Posted by ian caldwell on 05/03/11

Join us for the 19th Annual Smith Rock Spring Thing on Saturday May 7th.

This year we are going to be fixing the steps on Misery Ridge, finishing the Cinnamon Slab Area, installing new steps to the Dihedrals and lots of other projects throughout the park.

Sign up early at registration for a free t-shirt. First 150 people get shirts. Registration is from 8-10am in the main parking lot at Smith Rock State Park. Coffee and snacks also provided. Pick a project at registration and head to your work area. Many people bring their climbing packs and get a few pitches in at the end of the day.

In the evening we do a volunteer appreciation dinner, auction and slideshow at the barn near the Northern Point/Lower Gorge entrance. People start showing up around 5pm. Check out the sponsor booths, slackline and eagle nest (you might even see the baby eagles with spotting scope). Dinner at 6pm...free vegetarian burritos....yumm. Auction has lots of great climbing gear donated by sponsors. All the money raised goes towards future Spring Things and building materials for the trails. After the auction, Jim Thornburg will give a free slideshow for volunteers. http://www.jimthornburg.com/

And don't forget about the brownies baked by Terrebonne Depot.

Hope to see you there.

Ian Caldwell

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