Smith Rock is affectionately known as the birthplace of American Sport Climbing. The iconic cliffs rise out of the desert landscape of Central Oregon and are home to over 1,000 bolted routes, including recognizable lines like Money Space (5.11b). Don’t let it’s notoriety intimidate you though: Smith has routes for every ability level with ultra-classics ranging from 5.6 to 5.14. The best part? All these routes live within only 650 acres of park, meaning there is almost no approach to worry about.
While you won’t run out of things to climb, the adventure hub of Bend, OR—home to some of the best breweries in the country—is only a short drive away. Campsites in the area are easily accessible, so whether you prefer to be practically crag side or tucked into mountains near one of the many lakes or swimming holes, you won’t be disappointed. I recommend Tumalo State Park for shaded sites and river access only 30 minutes from the rocks and 15 minutes from downtown.
Pack up your car with these essentials and you’ll be ready to make the most of your trip to Smith.
Built with sport climbers in mind, the Rocket Harness is the ultra-light, ultra-flexible harness you need for long days clipping bolts in comfort.
The brand’s new Hex is the all-around essential helmet. Durable and ventilated, the Hex willl keep you well protected without overheating in the desert sun.
While you won’t have to carry a trad rack at Smith, you’ll want at least 12 draws so you can try all the best routes. The Echo Quickdraws are lightweight and easy to handle, no matter how pumped you are.
An ultra-light rope for climbers who are ready to take their climbing to the next level, the Performance is water- and abrasion-resistant and certified to be used as a single, half or twin. This rope will take you to Smith and back with ease.
Ensure everyone is as safe as possible with an assisted braking device like the Kinetic from Edelweiss. Lightweight and easy to use, you’ll be able to climb with confidence .
For when you lose track of time on the climb, the Trail Runner Free is lightweight enough to keep in your pack and break out for those last few laps. The close-range floodlight is perfect for on the wall and the long-range spotlight will give you optimal vision when hiking back to the car or camp.
What camp is complete without a slackline? Set up the Travelline between a couple trees or buy the Independence Kit so you can set up your line in any park or campsite.
Lounging in a hammock is the definition of a rest day activity. The Refuge Lite is one of the most affordable hammocks on the market and at only 15oz you won’t mind carrying it with you to rest in between climbs either.