Oregon’s Fur Trade Era Presentation

Dr. David Brauner of Oregon State University kicks off this year’s Annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration at Smith Rock State Park on Saturday, October 3 at 7:00 PM.

His talk on Oregon’s Fur Trade Era is first of a 5 part series of presentations held at the Welcome Center every Saturday in October.  Dr. Brauner will describe the early global competition over the abundant natural and physical resources in the Oregon Territory.

Each 1.5 hour presentation includes a question and answer period. They are open to the public and free of charge with a $5 day-use or annual pass required for parking.

Large Loose Rock Removed From First Kiss

Thanks to the fast work of Ian Caldwell, fondly known as the “Mayor of Smith Rock” and others from park management, as of 1:30 PM on 9/15/15, the First Kiss climbing route re-opened after its brief few days closure.

According to the park the large rock and many smaller rocks in question have been removed. Sorry we didn’t get the chance to film the trundle this time!

Here’s more detail from Ian:

Missing Something?

Like 97 parking spots along the west side of Crooked River Drive just south of the park entrance sign?

You’re right. They’re gone per a Deschutes County resolution citing both safety concerns and road damage issue from cars straddling the edge of the road and the shoulder. The east side has not been open to parking at all, and the county has been pretty tolerant of the overflow parking situation at the park until now.

Classic Craggin’ at Smith

The American Alpine Club and C.A.M.P. held their annual Smith Rock Craggin’ Classic over Labor Day weekend with pro athletes Beth Rodden and Jonathan Siegrist.

Each year climbers come from all over for clinics, food, beverages and the Craggin’ Classic Raffle with movies on Saturday night.

Starting with a happy hour and slideshow hosted by Black Diamond at Redpoint Climbers Supply Friday night while the rain dumped, it was all outdoors the rest of the weekend in perfect 70s climbing temps.

climber at AAC Smith Rock Craggin' Classic
photos courtesy of AAC

Shoe demos and all day climbing clinics were available to attendees for an additional fee.

Online resource for adventurers to Smith Rock State Park. Detailed information for rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, slacklining and horseback riding.