This is a worthy beginner trad lead at The Northern Point based on the ease of climbing and solid gear placements along the way. It's a great climb to place as many pieces of gear as possible since it takes mainly sizes under 1-inch. We were able to place a variety of cams and nuts along the route.
The climbing itself is fairly pleasant. Work your way on top of a beginning slab until you encounter a blocky fin that you work around left. Use big holds to get on top of a ledge before finishing on a smaller finger crack in a shallow corner. Overall a fun enough climb that is very very short, like many of the other climbs in the area.
The climb from the ground up
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.