Alpine rock climbing takes you to summits far off the beaten path of typical cragging areas. It involves moving quickly over 4th and low-5th class rock, and employs a rope for short belays and steep sections. Alpine climbing typically provides a more solitary experience in locations that achieve birds-eye views and require continuous climbing. This is a two day program, with day one taking place at Smith Rock & day two in the mountains of the Central Oregon Cascades.
On Day 1 of your course, you’ll go to Smith Rock State Park and cover the basics of rock climbing. You’ll become familiar with tying in to an anchor, belaying a lead-climber, and climbing commands. You will do a multi-pitch practice climb. On day 2 your objective will be determined by you and your guide collaboratively, based on your interests and abilities. We may attempt a traverse of one or more of the peaks of the Marsupials, the ridge of summits that overlooks Smith Rock State Park. Or we can head into the Cascades to attempt the summit of Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, or Broken Top. Either way we’ll put your new rock skills to work in a spectacular alpine arena, with incredible views and excellent rock.
Alpine Rock Climbing
There are areas all over Oregon that afford excellent alpine rock climbing in accessible settings. On the second day of your alpine climbing course you may climb in the Marsupials high above Smith Rock State Park, explore the Cascades on Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack or Broken Top, or attempt the summit of the unique and rarely climbed Illumination Rock on Mt. Hood.
Cascade summit climbs are available Monday through Thursday only, because of limitations on all commercial permits in the Deschutes-Willamette National Forest. We can also run the second day of this program any day of the week in the Marsupials Crags outside of Smith Rock State Park. There are alpine-style ridge traverses in this area that make great training routes for the alpine