Leave the nesting eagles alone! Seriously, the climbs over here might attract newbies based on the amount of easy graded climbs, but man are they horrible. Bagpiping in the Buff is the perfect example of the climbs in this area and is the second line from the left most climb on The Monument.
The big huecos and prominent features look inviting but it seems like more harm than good could be done climbing in this area. Large ledges and steps are covered in loose rock that is easily kicked off on those below. The climbing never establishes any sort of fun flow, and once you reach the top you can’t do much more than shrug your shoulders and lower. Oh yeah, and the nesting eagles given the time of year. They deserve some peace and quiet more than this rock deserves to be climbed.
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Smith Rock State Park, OR
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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.