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Smith Rock Climbing + A Day in Portland [Intermediate-Friendly] · Thu. Sep. 29th - Sun. Oct. 2nd

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Organized by: Quinn Anderson.

Start: Thursday, Sep. 29th, 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: zoom


Smith Rock has a lot of climbing history and is supposed to make for a great climbing trip, and I haven't yet been able to make it down due to the pandemie and all that. I'm also hoping that at least a few folks (whomever is in my car) will be willing to spend a few hours in Portland on Sunday - I have a tattoo appointment in the early afternoon, after which we can head back to Vancouver. Portland is a very cool city and there will be plenty of ways to entertain yourself for a few hours!

This isn't an instructional trip. You should be self-sufficient and comfortable with lead climbing, anchors and car camping! Depending on the experience level of others in the group, folks who don't lead climb may be able to join too, so feel free to reach out and we'll see if there's space! Smith Rock is not known for being top-rope friendly, which is why it is important that there are enough capable lead climbers on the trip. In addition, experienced climbers are not obligated to set top ropes for others, although many are often generous enough to do so.


Information on Smith Rock hereRock Climb at Smith Rock State Park — | Smith Rock State Park Guide | Smith Rock State Park Oregon

Before emailing me an obvious question, try googling it! I've never been to Smith, so it's likely I know just as much as you do! 


Tentative Plan:

- Thursday, Sep 29: Depart ASAP after classes to make the drive down to Smith Rock. Depending on departure times, some cars may wish to camp partway down to Smith and finish the drive in the morning. 

- Friday and Saturday: Split into smaller groups and CLIMB! Evenings hangouts at the campground. 

- Sunday: Climb in the AM and head to Portland (my car) or back to Vancouver. My car will head back to Vancouver after our Portland stop. Alternatively, some folks may wish to take Monday off work/skip classes and could climb all day Sunday and head back Monday. These decisions will be made at the pre-trip. 


A place to rest: 

- I'm hoping we can camp at the Bivy campground (Smith Rock State Park "Bivy" Campground — | Smith Rock State Park Guide | Smith Rock State Park Oregon) (they have SHOWERS!), or alternatively, at Skull Hollow campground or on nearby BLM land (the free option). 


Anticipated costs:

camping at the Bivy campground - $8 per person, per night. Includes a parking permit for the following day. 

- Parking permit, if we don't stay at the campground: $5 per day per vehicle

- groceries: spend however much you like...

- gas: $60-100 per person (it's a fairly long drive)



  • Car camping experience
  • Able to lead climb/ lead belay (Rock 3)
  • Have all your own basic climbing gear (harness, belay device+carabiner, helmet, shoes, etc.)
  • Passport since we’ll be going into the states!
  • Stick clips are HIGHLY recommended for Smith Rock. Consider making one! Tutorial here:

Further questions? Email me: [email protected]

** You are responsible for your own safety while on VOC trips. Assess the skill level and knowledge of other climbers and make safe decisions. I highly recommend getting emergency medical insurance through the ACC, here: Travel Insurance ( You absolutely do not want to pay for medical care in the US in the case of a serious injury. Ensure you select the insurance option that covers rock-climbing

September 30th is Truth and Reconciliation day and as such we have the day off from classes. I plan to spend at least part of the drive reflecting on my relationships to land and indigenous peoples and educating myself further, and I hope others on the trip will consider doing the same. 

Under-represented groups are very welcome to participate in this trip, including BIPOC, 2SLLQBTQQIA+ folks, and folks of all shapes and sizes. If you have concerns or questions, please feel free to email me: [email protected]

Posted: 2022-06-24 10:17:06