Smith Rock is a world famous climbing destination located in the heart of Central Oregon, near the town of Terrebonne and close to Bend.
Famous for incredible rock, warm weather and stellar scenery, there isn’t much more that you’ll be left wanting from Smith! Sport climbing was revolutionized at Smith Rock; the first place in the United States where rock faces were bolted, and to this day, it continues to be a world-renowned climbing destination with something for everyone.
With stellar face climbing on welded tuft, strenuous crack climbing on columnar basalt, and breathtaking views of the Oregon high desert, it’s easy to wonder why you are always able to find an empty route at Smith. But luckily, you are.
With over 3,000 documented routes, you will always find something new – in addition to some shade or sun, depending on what you desire!
The Leavenworth/Icicle Creek area is the most popular rock-climbing destination in the state of Washington. Why? The combination of clean, high quality granite, an abundance of cracks, a complete selection of route difficulty, a selection of lengths from 20 feet to 800 feet, the dry east of the crest weather, and the nice Bavarian town right near the crags are often given as reasons. Leavenworth is a mecca for outdoor lovers with excellent kayaking, biking, hiking, rock climbing, and mountaineering a stone's throw away.
This is a general description of our Comprehensive Basic Course. We routinely customize courses based on our clients’ needs and wishes. If you don’t see a technique or skill that you would like to learn, please communicate with your instructor…chances are we can make it happen.
Day 1 Arrival in Portland/Seattle and group meeting and gear check
Day 2 Early in the morning we will depart for Smith Rock or Icicle Creek and set up camp. The first half a day of the course focuses on fundamentals. Students are introduced to basic climbing equipment and their properties, basic knots, simple anchors, voice commands, belay techniques, top rope climbing, movement skills and rappel techniques. After a few hours of practicing these new skills, students will participate in their first easy top rope climbs.
Day 3 Students will get to try their hands at top rope climbing and belaying skills. Students will learn and experience face and crack climbing, learning how to jam hands and feet and how to friction climb. The amount of climbing depends on the ability and interest of the students; we will tailor activities to group strength and motivation.
Day 4 During the third day of the course there’s time to cement skills through further practice. Students have time to experience a different position on the rope team. Often students begin learning the basics of top-rope anchor construction and basic anchor placement.
Crew Treks strongly recommends that you enroll with Global Rescue prior to embarking on this trip. Please click on the link below for details and quotes.
The prices are reasonable and the signup process is simple.
We strongly encourage everyone to purchase travel insurance, which covers trip cancellation, interruption, delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, etc.
Travel insurance offers the best possible protection if you have a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or when traveling.
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