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.
On a quick reconnaissance trip a year ago October to Smith Rock, Arc'teryx Climber Nina Caprez fell in love. With a route, that is. Perfectly smooth and vertical for 131 feet (40 meters), To Bolt Or Not To Be teased her with its 100+ moves on tiny fingertip edges. She knew she had to return to master the complex choreography required to complete the route.