I'm looking to plan a trip to Smith Rock for some sick sport routes, and am looking for some advice. I'm a mid 11's sport climber looking for a somewhat close destination climbing trip to keep things interesting
How is the climbing come mid Nov-Dec?
What local guide books/shops should I check out?
What are some must-do crags you guys can recommend?
Any other tips/suggestions are much appreciated. I've never climbed out that way, and from what I understand, most routes pretty much require a stick clip. Any other special gear?
It'll be cold so plan on chasing sun. The good news is that Portlandia residents will be at home reading poems and contemplating suicide so you'll have the place to yourself. Check out Redpoint in Terrebonne, there is only one good SR guidebook worth owning.
Climbing at Smith is very do-able in the sun that time of year. 45-50 for the average high, but the nights are long and cold. It doesn't rain much in general, so you'll rarely get weathered out. A warm couch to surf, or a vehicle to sleep in would be very nice.