Known for easy climbs and great views of the park and Mt. Jefferson, Adit Rock is a great climbing area for beginners based on the short routes, solid rock, and potential to top rope a few routes. Even though the climbing is easy it is still quite fun based on the solid patina edges and plentiful pockets and jugs.
There a few bolted routes and a few trad routes depending on what type of climbing you are looking for. The routes have bolted anchors at the top but not all have rap rings and require you to walk off the back of the rock through an easy gully. You can hike up and climbers right of Adit Rock to find a small gully/chimney that is easy to climb/downclimb if you are looking to setup a top rope.
Adit Rock is the lowest chunk of rock on Staender Ridge. Enter the park, cross the main bridge and immediately hang a right. Follow the river past The Monument and continue on towards Burma Road as the trail kicks up and trends left up switchbacks. The grade flattens out once you reach the canal. From there, look for a trail that heads left uphill into Staender Ridge, do not follow Burma Road. Be careful to stay on the trail as it works it's way up to the base of Adit Rock, which is the first outcropping of rock.
The short scramble up to the top of Adit Rock to walk off or setup a top rope
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Smith Rock State Park, OR
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The Petzl Sama is a good all-around harness for sport, trad, and multi-pitch climbs. It offers up low profile gear loops, good padding, and non-adjustable yet comfortable leg loops while still not being overly bulky or heavy. Great for beginners or experienced climbers.