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.
If you didn’t get a chance to experience “In a Landscape,” (IAL)—a confluence of music, nature, and technology, last year at Smith Rock, now’s your chance. The first performance in July sold out before we could tell you about it, but another has been added, for September 11. Hunter Noack performs live outdoors on his 9-foot Steinway grand piano. He hauls it on his performing platform to the middle of forests, fields, calderas and historical sites for classical music concerts. And back by popular demand, to Smith Rock.
Free parking and camping? You heard that right, along with fresh fruits, cookies and lemonade at the Welcome Center between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM on June 1 while supplies last.
Start off 2019 with a free ranger-led hike—all you pay is for your $5 parking place. Smith Rock park rangers are offering a choice of two First Day Hikes to help you learn about winter wildlife and the unique geological features of the park. The Rimrock Trail allows you to stay above the canyon along the park’s rim. The Wolf Tree Trail starts after you descend into the park and make a right across the bridge.