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Friday the 13th Brings Good Luck to First Kiss Climbers

Friday the 13th Brings Good Luck to First Kiss Climbers

SmithRock.com is happy to report for all you anxious climbers that the First Kiss climbing area is open again as of tomorrow, Friday, July 13. As far as park management knows, the chicks fledged successfully, bringing all climbing closures to an end for the season

Only Glass Separates You From Smith Rock's (and more) Climbing Past

Only Glass Separates You From Smith Rock's (and more) Climbing Past

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. 

ALEX: BOLD AS LOVE. A FRIEND REMEMBERS WELL LOVED CLIMBER ALEX REED.

ALEX: BOLD AS LOVE. A FRIEND REMEMBERS WELL LOVED CLIMBER ALEX REED.

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.

2018 Smith Rock Raptor Nesting Site Closures 

2018 Smith Rock Raptor Nesting Site Closures 

Bald eagles closures are in effect now, as of February 6, 2018. They've been flying around actively amongst the crags and even seen mating this year. Other raptor nesting site closures for climbing and camping at Smith Rock State Park will go into effect Saturday, February 10, 2018.