Sponsored by Plein Air Painters of Oregon (PAPO) and Smith Rock State Park, artists at work will be located throughout the park from 8:00-11:30 AM. Registration is free and open at 8:00 AM if you want to join the party.
Not a painter? Then watch the artists and work and then and votefor your favorite painting from noon to 1:00 PM.
Tiffany Larsen and her buddy Rebecca Yaguda were climbing in the Lower Gorge of the Crooked River at Smith Rock State Park when they heard an animal whimpering. Then they saw the big, shivering trapped dog in the freezing Crooked River. They sprang into action.
A picture might be worth a thousand words, but an artifact speaks volumes. A new exhibit at the High Desert Museum entitled "Ascent: Climbing Explored" has so many artifacts from renowned area and regional climbers it's a veritable candy store for climbers, and non-climbers alike. You just can't take any of the candy home with you.
Starting at 7:30, they lined up at the registration tables to get on work teams to help restore trails, build retaining walls, weed and plant, pick up trash, and more. Over 250 volunteers of all ages, mostly from the rock climbing community came from local areas, but also from over the mountain passes and even other states. Their single focus? To give back to a park they love.
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.