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.
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.
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."
Dogs love Smith Rock, just like you. Sometimes we are so caught up in our own thoughts we forget they are having their own version of life's dramas. Riggins, a lovable Border Collie mix, let us in on his recent day at the park. Check out his guest post and video of his innermost thoughts on his first trip back to Smith after a traumatic breakup with his girlfriend, Sofie.
We were fortunate to run into guest blogger Jack Wills hanging out with his bald eagle family here at Smith Rock the other day. In addition to sharing some of his images from the day, he shared his story of what makes the park so special to him as a wildlife photographer.