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.
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.
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.
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.
Every picture tells a story, but video captures a series of moments and gives them context. Local company Hydroflask, who launched the first all-insulated bottle line-up into the market, wanted to do more for its customers than talk features. They wanted to share experiences in the form of video in the "Live" section of their website with "Stories that inspire us, to inspire you."