The climbing community was deeply touched by the loss of Alex Reed in a climbing accident this week. Stories surfaced in snippets on social media and then some expressed their experience of Alex in deeper prose.
We were particularly moved by words shared by Alex' friend Chris Hatzai at the memorial service yesterday, reprinted here with Chris' permission.
It's that time of the year again when we watch the watchers. The eagle nest watchers that is. We now have an update on both the bald and golden eagles. Smith Rock is unique in that both species share a relatively small area each year to breed.
The Vernal Equinox took us a bit by surprise today, usually happening on the 21st of March. It's a good thing the sun knew what to do. By 11:30 climbers were sporting their minimal attire, and applying sunscreen for a warm day of 57° in The Dihedrals, made even warmer by the walls soaking up the sun.
Yesterday the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners split the difference on the appeal of the formerly approved Mazama Ranch B&B and Campground development. Yes to the B&B, no to the campground application.
The record is now officially closed on the appeal of the formerly approved Mazama Ranch B&B and Campground proposal on the non-easement portion of a 2.2-acre parcel (net 1.97 acres). The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners has all the materials to consider and deliberate on.