Category Archives: Climbing

Prairie Falcons Nesting Again—Heads Up on Route Closures

Joining the bald and golden eagles, the prairie falcons are back to roost for the season. While this DOES NOT affect hiking trails, it does close down a few routes for climbers.

First Kiss Climbing Area Falcon Closure sign

Nesting area closures in the Picnic Lunch Wall and First Kiss areas that are in effect until June 30, 2017.

Smith Rock State Park is very lucky to have these birds choose the park as their safe breeding turf. It’s rare that they travel away from wetlands.

Picnic Lunch Wall routes above 100 feet and some in the First Kiss area are closed. Here is a quick reference map for the areas affected.

Balds and Goldens are Outta Here

Thanks climbers for minding the seasonal nesting route closures and hikers for keeping noise to a minimum on the Canyon Trail.

golden eagle leaving Smith Rock State ParkSmith Rock raptors had an excellent year with the confirmed fledging of Bald and Golden eaglets.

The Peregrine Falcons got a late start but the chicks should be fledged by late July. We don’t have confirmation on the 1st Kiss Prairie Falcons fledging status.
 

Here’s the synopsis as of July 5, 2016:

  • The Golden Eagle closure has been lifted.
  • The Bivouac Bald Eagle closure has been lifted.

At Just 16 This Smith Rock Climber is One to Watch

Drew Ruana is not one to brag about his accomplishments. Humbled by others, he barely acknowledges his recent feat of being the first to climb the hardest route at Smith Rock State Park, The Assassin.

Drew Ruana on Assassin link up at Smith Rock State Park
Drew Ruana on the Assassin link up at Smith Rock State Park, photo courtesy of Drew Ruana

Soft spoken and radiating his love for the sport that has captivated him for 13 of his 16 years, Drew is a breath of fresh air in this era of self-importance.

His mantra? “Don’t be afraid to go in for something that’s way over your head…it’ll come together eventually.”

Peregrine Falcons Are Back

And with that announcement comes the joint announcement of nesting area closures in the Picnic Lunch Wall and First Kiss areas that are in effect until June 30, 2016.

Smith Rock State Park is very lucky to have these birds choose the park as their safe breeding turf. It’s rare that they travel away from wetlands, so be sure to bring your binoculars.

While this DOES NOT affect hiking trails, it does close down a few routes for climbers.

Picnic Lunch Wall routes above 100 feet and some in the First Kiss area are detailed in these links.