When we asked local climbing route developer Chris Hatzai to write a post for SmithRock.com on what’s been happening this past year in the Monument Area and the Marsupials, we had not realized it was the anniversary of Alex Reed’s fatal fall. Chris’s poignant piece elaborates on the route development question, expanding it into a story of evolution, both for him personally since the tragic accident, as well as an evolution for climbing at Smith.
Golden and Bald eagles closures are in effect starting this Friday, February 8, 2019 to August 1, 2019. They've been flying around actively amongst the crags courting, and possibly mating, according to the rumor mill. Eagle nesting site closures for climbing routes and camping along the Bivy rim at Smith Rock State Park will go into effect at that time, with detailed route closures by area below. Falcon nesting closures are coming on February 15.
Sometimes it takes the present to bump into the past to provoke a discussion about the future. The recent visit of world renown Czech climber Adam Ondra to Smith Rock brought Alan Watts, pioneer of Smith Rock and well-known author of the guidebook series on the area together in this video.
If you were here for last weekend’s American Alpine Club’s Smith Rock Craggin’ Classic, you may have notice it step outside its comfort zone of white male and female “rock stars” in feature films and clinics.
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.