Similar to the other easy graded trad climbs in the area, this is a very short climb that maneuvers through a series of blocky and ledgy rock before finishing in a dihedral. The climb offers up good clean cracks and stances to place gear along the way, mainly taking cams up to 3-inches.
This crux of the climb comes two thirds of the way up when you have to surmount a bulge into a finishing corner. There are plenty of protection options at the crux, which felt harder mainly due to smearing and stemming your way over the bulge. Overall, a decent climb but nothing to write home again. Just another good climb for beginners looking to place gear on solid rock.
The climb from the ground up
Smith Rock State Park, OR
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