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Fatal fall in Lower Gorge @ Smith Rock

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Paul L · · Portland, OR · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 225

RIP to the fallen climber, and condolences to friends and family.  

https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2019/08/hillsboro-man-identified-as-climber-killed-in-smith-rock-state-park-fall.html

I've never actually climbed in the lower gorge, but I've also never heard the hike down described as dangerous in any way, so I'm a bit surprised to read this.  

Andrew Child · · Corvallis, Or · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 846

Very sad news. The trail down to the gorge is steep, but not super difficult. It would be hard to self arrest if you started tumbling.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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