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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Smith Rock

Sunday we went for a drive, i was feeling pretty house bound, so a drive was in order so one of the stops we made was Smith Rock, famous for rock climbers.
click on the photos for more detailed views

WARNING!!!

Climbing is extremely dangerous. YOU MAY DIE or be seriously injured.


Smith Rock, a 641-acre park, is located in
central Oregon. The rock there is welded tuff,
consolidated from molten ash 30 million years ago.
I like to describe it as tiny pebbles held together
by plaster of paris. Along the Crooked River,
in the upper and lower gorge, are basalt
cliffs as well.

There are over a thousand climbs at Smith Rock,
both sport and traditional, up to 600 feet high.
Besides having one of the most difficult climbs in
the country ('Just Do It' - 5.14c), it also hosts an array
of easier and challenging climbs. For example, over
75 three and four star climbs are rated 5.10.



If you enlarge the photo you will see a climber on the rock.There have been several people that have died or been seriously hurt. This is one of Central Oregons finest for visitors who love to climb. But it also has a beautiful hiking area, which we didn't do this time as it was too cold and we didn't have a permit.


15 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

oh!
You mention showing one of your rocks... this puts mine in the shadows for sure.
Watching these climbers is exciting... never mind climbing the rock your self. he views must but something up there.

Thanks for all you comments and visits... I appreciate the time and effort you put in...
Tom

Müge Tekil said...

Hello Lilli & Nevada!

Thank you very much for visiting my blog! :) My blog is in french although I’m Turkish and live in Istanbul ... You can use Babelfish for translation to English :)

These Smith Rock photos are really impressives! I have never practised rock climbing, I think I would be a bit scared! :)

Friendly greetings,

Kerri said...

They are quite extraordinary rocks....but I would NEVER want to climb on them. SCARY!

quintarantino said...

Great photos of a no less great rock.
And yes, I did see the climber.

Shionge said...

This is an amazing place Lilli I've enjoyed this, thank you!

dot said...

Amazing scenery especially when enlarged! I saw the climber. I think I'd prefer a simple walking trail on flat ground! lol

Paulie said...

I'm not a climber either but I do love to look at beautiful scenery and that definitely qualifies.

Andrea said...

I do not think rock climbing would be for me. I prefer flat ground to walk on.

In regards to your comment on my blog: Glad I am not the only one who feels this way about Mr. Linky.

By the way, the pictures of Smith Rock are beautiful.

Dick said...

Impressive, I can see the climber and I see also a large rock in the left upper corner that is almost coming down it seems.

Donna said...

No rock climbing for me sweetie!!LOL...but wonderful pictures!!hughugs

DeeMom said...

Awesome rocks

Super Photos

John said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment.
Yes we had a great time in Spain, sun and up to 24°C in the shadow.
24° = 75° Farenheit.

Josie said...

That is beautiful. I think I would rather look at it and admire it, than try to climb it, however.

Daryl E said...

There's an award for you over at my place .. come and get it

madretz said...

cool rocks!