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Easy top tope routes at Smith Rock?

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Julian Smith 1 · · Portland, OR · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 0

I'm heading down to Smith Rock for the first time with my daughter (age 7), and I'm wondering if there are any easy-moderate (up to 5.8) top rope routes that can be set up from above - i.e., without a belay, since it'll just be us two, me belaying and her climbing.

Jon Rhoderick · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 850

Hi Julien,
Your best bets are the rope de dope wall and Northern Point. They are both very close to the parking lots and offer top down access.

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

Second Rope De Rope. There is a bit of a pain in the ass climb up the back or you could lead any of the easier routes. Once on top every climb can be topped.

Have fun and be safe!

climbing coastie · · Wasilla, AK · Joined Feb 2011 · Points: 90

Many of the trad climbs in the Lower Gorge can be accessed from the top. The easier routes are kind of spread out, but not too bad. Plus I doubt you'll have to deal with any crowds.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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