OCTOBER 21 UPDATE: The well water gremlins have been chased out! This just in from park management:
“We just got our test results in from the well sample last Friday, and it came back negative for Total Coliform and E. Coli. So that means our well shock worked, and we have a clean water system again. We will be removing the boil water notices today and will be following up with 3 more tests the first week of November to further confirm our well is clean and safe to drink from.”
While Halloween is the time for tricks and treats, this October the gremlins of Smith Rock got an early start, messing with the well water. They’ve been putting the rangers through a series of tests and treatments for contaminants to the water that gets distributed to both the Day Use and Bivy Campground areas a couple of weeks now…
Growing up at 5000 feet, surrounded by trees on National Forest land, with wildlife in abundance, stirs the outdoor spirit, no matter what your genes give you. In the case of “Summit Trail Amy,” it shook her spirit to her core. Many of you have asked to know more about this mystery woman that gives so much to Smith Rock State Park. Here is her story.
Guest blogger Sarah Wolfe didn't learn to climb as a teenager, not even in her 20s. The passionate climber and organizer of the American Alpine Club’s Smith Rock Craggin' Classic and founder of the popular Oregon Climbs e-news got hooked in her mid-30s when it clicked with her core values. Read more about Sarah in "Climbing: The Bigger Picture”. We asked Sarah to try to sum up this year’s American Alpine Club Smith Rock Craggin’ Classic. It was a tough assignment, given all that went on.
Amy Sue Matthews, AKA “Summit Trail Amy” as dubbed by SmithRock.com for her great trail conditions reporting on the Summit Trail Loop that started with last winter’s snow dump, is Smith Rock State Park’s biggest fan. Now a volunteer for the park, she attends every learning event she can to expand her knowledge to provide visitors the best experience that she can assist with. Last weekend, during the American Alpine Club’s Smith Rock Craggin’ Classic, she met up with Alan Watts, a name synonymous with the birth of sport climbing in America on his annual Walking Tour of Smith Rock for the Craggin’ Classic.
Rachel Wilker has been going to the top of Misery Ridge on a yearly basis since her dad strapped her to his back via her baby backpack carrier. A ritual for her close-knit family, the Idaho vacationers would never pass up an opportunity to say hi to Monkey Face, face-to-face, at the top of Misery Ridge. Today the ritual changed up a bit.
Smith Rock State Park can be addicting to some. We suspect for new Park Manager Matt Davey that may be the case. When career opportunities took Davey away from his first stint at Smith Rock in 2015, he eventually worked his way back to Central Oregon, his happy place. First at Cove Palisades, and now back home at his dream job at Smith Rock.