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Best places to practice top rope setups at Smith

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Eric K · · Leavenworth, Washington · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 45

What are the best places at smith to practice SPI skills. Looking for easy access to the cliff tops with ability to place gear for anchors instead of bolts. I also would love to stay out of the way of other climbers. I am thinking the basalt will be the best bet. I have climbed at Smith extensively but never been to that portion of the crag so I don't know for sure. Thanks

Joshua Shockley · · Portage, Indiana · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 0

Rope de dope can be accesed from the back side to set up a top rope 

Kevin Schaffer · · Corvallis, Or · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 30

Northern point is great.

Giovanni C · · Portland, OR · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 5

+1 for northern point. The student wall is also a good option. 

Rick.Krause Krause · · Madras, OR · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 160

Do you have someone to practice with?

Tim Page · · Bend · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 5

I concur, the basalt would be best. Northern point area or other basalt is probably best. You also have trees up to top to practice your bowline and static line anchor building, etc. It's also good practice to just walk along the base and build anchor after anchor after anchor in all kinds of different configurations. 

Ryan Swanson · · Pepedidnothingwrong, freejg · Joined Jan 2018 · Points: 50

Not much for gear placements, but the rim rock has plenty of trees for anchors. 

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