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Smith Rock partner some time April 28 to May 3?


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Harold Walmsley · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 0

I am visiting Oregon on business from the UK and have time available for climbing at Smith Rock (I can leave Portland early on 28th April and return late on 3rd May). I will have a rope and trad+sport rack. I climb up to about mid 5.10 but hear local grades are harsh so maybe less? I would like to arrange a partner for one or more days if anyone is interested. Otherwise maybe I'll do some bouldering and hire an MTB? 

Andrew Daniel · · Bend, OR · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 0

Sent you a PM but meant Sunday 30th April as my availability. Cheers!

Harold Walmsley · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 0

I was starting to think I had posted the wrong dates. 30th would be great for me. It would be good to hook up. To avoid surprises I am no spring chicken (67) but could still climb the grades I mentioned on a recent trip to Colorado. Whether I can at Smith depends on the relative grading. I have accommodation booked in Bend (the numerous brew pubs were a too-strong attraction) and will be driving in from there. Can meet at any suitable point and time.

Chris Fedorczak · · Portland, OR · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 0

Hi Harold. That sounds like an amazing business trip. I'm not available during that time frame, but I live in Portland and could loan you my Smith Rock guidebook for your trip, as well as meet over a beer in Portland to give your an overview of the park if helpful.

Harold Walmsley · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 0

Hi Chris, Thanks for the offer, I'm doing the climbing before the business though so its an overnight near the airport on arrival in Portland (probably not feeling much like a beer at that point!) then pick up a car and drive out to Bend in the morning.

Chris Fedorczak · · Portland, OR · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 0

Ah, no worries! Have fun. Smith is amazing. If you climb 10s, there are some good routes over on the Phoenix Wall (Phoenix, JT's Route, Fred on Air) with Hissing Lamas as a warmup. Best in the morning on a cool day before you lose the sun around midday. 

Enjoy!

Andrew Daniel · · Bend, OR · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 0

Harold, sounds good to me. As the day gets closer we can arrange a meeting time, possibly in Bend and drive to the park together, as it's known to get crowded and parking spaces are at a premium on spring weekends.

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