My first climb at (well near anyway) Smith. Very scenic walk in and an enjoyable climb with great company. Thanks Karl!
Fun half day. Too bad it wasn't clearer (views would have to be some of the best in Oregon, I'd think), but whatever. Left truck/parking lot 14.39, summited around 17.00, back @ parking lot at 19.00. The Spiral is, as described in the guidebook, 5.2 ish, the rock is actually pretty good (esp. for a climb @ Smith way out there!), & there are some shiny bolts to rap off of (+ a sling + some 'biners as of this writing), if you want. Recommended!
Fun outing with great views. Definitely out there a ways and no fun if you are interested in a good rock climb. Did the Spiral, called 5.2 in Alan Watts Smith Guide but its really more like 2 moves of crappy 5.5 rock followed by walking around the side of the rock and up on top. Very easy. Down climbed route although rap anchor is in place despite what guide says.
With Karl. What do you do when it's a 28 degree morning and it snowed the night before? Climb at Smith of course. The rock was so cold I could only do about 2 moves and had to rewarm them. While belaying I had to take my feet partway out of the shoes to get circulation back to my big toe so I could feel it. Was odd rock climbing snowy ledges but a fun day nonetheless. We found this route to be more protectable than one is led to believe. Karl led it and placed 4 pieces on the first short pitch and then only needed two for the second (cams in holes that were not quite huecos) as it was very ledgy and you never really feel exposed. Great views and brilliant sunset. Just what you need on a January day in Oregon.