Monkey Face / Smith Rock Technical Climbing Outing

Outing Coordinator:  Matt Gadow

Date:   Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, 2003

Start:   8 AM, Smith Rocks Parking Lot / Kiosk

Elevation:   1-2 Rope Lengths, possibility for Aid pitch or trad pitch leads for those so inclined

Distance:   1-2 mile walk into the park, up and over Misery Ridge

Time:   8-dusk Saturday and Sunday, option to Bivy at the Bivouac area Sat. Night

Directions:   HWY 97, north to Terrebonne, follow signs to Smith Rock State Park

The Climbs / Activities:   Over the past few years, many Cascades Mountaineers shared adventures climbing the technical climbs of Smith Rock State Park. This year’s outing will be another chance to polish your technical climbing skills on traditional, bolted and top-roped climbs. Saturday, Outing leaders will put up ropes on traditional routes from 5.6 to 5.9 near the Monkey Face, depending on the interests of the group. On Sunday, a leaders party will climb the West Face Variation, and Pioneer Aid pitch. This will allow the group to set up a traverse from the diving board to the Monkey’s neck-cave, allowing other participants to traverse into the neck cave, and climb the exposed, but bolted “Panic Point (5.7) or Monkey off My Back (5.8)” pitches onto the summit of the Monkey. A series of rappels will be set up to return participants back to the base of Monkey. Climbers should have some technical climbing experience, a harness, locking carabiner(s), and a belay device. Additional ropes and gear would be useful, and can be coordinated with the climb leader.

Equipment / Clothing Needs:  

1 Liter or more of Water
Food for a long day
Shoes, Harness, locking carabiner(s) & slings, and a belay/rappel device

Participation and RSVP Requirements:   Prior RSVP will be necessary to limit the number of participants. Contact Matt Gadow at 382-6780 or