One of the most accessible climbs within Smith Rock State Park as well as one of the best representations of the pebble pinching nature of climbing commonly found in the park. This is a great climb that is technical by nature but offers up lots of fun movement around the bolt line including some mini-mantels.
Teddy Bear's Picnic is located at the top of the first switchbacks on the Misery Ridge trail after crossing the main entrance bridge. It is just to the left of Honey Pot and basically has the same starting moves through big huecos although it has it's entirely own bolt line. The opening huecos are fun and easy but the climbing quickly turns into pinching small knobs and edges for the majority of the climb. Similar to other Smith knob romps, typically a good hand hold is going to be your next foot hold. The one thing we found interesting with this climb is that the climbing line is typically left of the bolt line and requires some back and forth to make clips. Give in to making moves out left of the bolt line on the many good holds to be found.
This route description just covers the first of a multi-pitch line. A single rope can be used to lower/rappel but it should be noted that it ate up a good portion of our 70m rope. Not sure if a 60m would make it down.
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Given Black Diamond’s reputation for strong and durable hard goods, we decided to give their 9.9mm rope a try as our go to gym rope. The rope is priced right and works great out of the box but early signs of wear in the gym make it hard to give it the nod as a preferred gym rope.