First Stop on the Rock and Road Trip: Smith Rock

Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
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Trip End May 2010


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Monday, April 13, 2009

We arose at 3:40am to catch our flight home from Quito, arriving in Seattle 13 hours later. Jet lagged but eager to begin phase two of our trip, we raced through two and a half days of logistics in Seattle and embarked on the open roads of the west, our GMC Jimmy loaded down with food and climbing gear. For those dear friends we didn't get to see during our brief stay, please accept our apologies, and use this as an opportunity to get out of the city and meet up with us for some climbing or site-seeing along our next adventure. We'll post our most recent travel itinerary at the end of this post.

Our first stop on our rock and road trip was to Smith Rock in central Oregon. We stayed with our good friends, Lynn and Scott, who were just the best hosts anyone could ask for!

Some photos of the great rock climbing area. We had great weather which was a real treat after some of the climbing we were enduring in Peru!

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Driving to Smith Rock. We scored some beautiful views of Mt Hood after some recent snow! What a peak!

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Smith Rock and the Crooked Rock in all its glory.

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Our good friend Dave Snow came down to join us for the weekend! Dave and Ben worked together at Microsoft (in the Education Products Group) and have been climbing together since. Dave grew up in Washington and knows the local areas like no other. To top it off, he is a hell of good climber. In his hay days, he was sending hard 5.13 problems in Smith, Granite Point and many other famous areas of the Northwest.

We also ran into Sarah from Seattle who happened to be in Smith at the time and she joined us for several climbs as well!

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Ben loves to crack climb!

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Who couldn't love this place?

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Dave walked Screaming Yellow Zonkers!!

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Lindsey living the life in our famous puffy jacket (Outdoor Research Refuge)

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Lindsey enjoyed the moves of Ride the Lightning almost as much as she's loving the summery weathery (5.11b)

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Cut and paste this link to view this video of Ride of the Lightening

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The scene in the Smith Rock Gorge

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Lindsey working the amazing basalt arete climb - Child Abuse (12a/b)

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Lynn and Scott are the world's best cooks and they made some amazing meals that we go to part-take in (our friend, Sarah on the left). This photo is of locally-raised lamb they cooked the sencond night. On the first, they made us "Curry Copia," Lynn's dream business of setting out a curry stand at the entrance to Smith. We'd buy it for sure! They made us the most authentic green curry, barbequed chicken in the best peanut sauce, and Tom Yum soup. Man were we lucky!

For those of you who might be interested in joining us along the way, while we can't guarantee this will be the final itinerary, here's what we plan to have in store:

4/15-5/1 Indian Creek/ Colorado Plateau/ Mesa Verde (and stop off at Joe's Valley for some bouldering with Jim Johndal and Josh Mitchell), UT and CO
5/2-5/7 Red Rocks, NV
5/8-5/13 Zion, UT
5/14-5/25 Grand Canyon/ Flaggstaff/ Jack's Canyon/ Sedonna, AZ
5/28-6/2 Bishop, CA
6/3-6/20 Yosemite, CA
6/21-6/25 Lover's Leap (Lak Tahoe), CA
6/27-6/29 Elko, NV
7/1-7/10 Salt Lake City, UT
7/11-7/15 City of Rocks, ID
7/16-8/4 Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, Wind Rivers, WY

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sallykunz
sallykunz on

Smithrock again
But where is Blaine? Wonderful photos. Seems mughty steep from down below! Did you know there is a Smith Rock off the coast of Japan? Part of a submarine volcano which blew to Smithereens in 1916. Then, of course, there is Smithwick.So glad to hear you have fine weather. The daffodils are up and the cherry blossoms are starting in the Comox Valley. Have fun you guys!

nconroy
nconroy on

Whoahoaahoaaa!
Hey you two! Looks like you´re time traveling! Or I guess that´s just what traveling sometimes feels like... Smith Rock looks gorgeous as usual, as well as the places in the posts I haven´t commented on! Keep up the awesome itinerary and zazz! I finally climbed some routes on Aguja Frey (see blog) and have some awesome climbing recommendations should you return!! More to come! -your bud, n8

erineaster1
erineaster1 on

Meet you at Tahoe
Hey Lindsey! Your trip sounds amazing and it just keeps getting better! James and I aren't so much the climbing bums that you and Ben are but we are total mountain bike geeks. And we are only a few hours from Tahoe so I'm totally going to see about meeting up with you guys when you're there. I can't guarantee our timelines will line up but we definitely plan on doing some mountain bike camping up that way this summer. I'll keep you posted on what our plans are.

--Erin

benandlindsey
benandlindsey on

Re: Meet you at Tahoe
Awesome. It would be great to meet up with you guys, schedules permitting of course. It's been too long! Let's keep in touch over mail as the dates approach.

Best,
Lindsey

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