Top three reasons to go climbing and camping in Smith Rock State Park
A plethora of routes ideal for transitioning from gym to crag
Let your child learn to climb in one of the world’s climbing meccas
Your kid will meet new friends who share the same interests in this breathtaking location
Is your kid a gym climber between the ages of 12 and 16 and wants to give climbing outside a go? If so, then this guided youth climbing camp in the prized Smith Rock State Park is just what the doctor ordered. Let your little ones meet other like-minded kids who love spending time climbing indoors and want to take it to the rocks! With Smith Rock’s wide variety of routes in its many climbing areas, your kids will get to climb and camp on the park’s grounds and learn new skills on cliffs of tuff and basalt. As a well-deserved rest from climbing, there will be plenty of time for river swimming, cave exploring, and other activities, making this an ideal vacation full of positive vibrations. Find out more about why every sport climber needs to visit Smith Rock State Park from Jessica Meiris, rock guide and helicopter pilot.
Bend, OR, is about 40 minutes away from Smith Rock State Park
Beginner to advanced
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Youth Rock Climbing Camp in Smith Rock State Park
Let a professional guide show your kid how to transition from gym to outdoor climbing in this youth climbing camp in Smith Rock State Park. They’ll meet other kids who are into climbing and make long-lasting friendships while working together as a team. With Smith Rock’s countless beginner-friendly routes on offer and camping added into the mix, your child will leave wanting more.
Day 1: Arriving at Smith Rock
Once your kid arrives at Smith Rock State Park, they’ll get to know other climbers and their guide and prepare for 5 days of climbing, camping, and participating in all kinds of fun activities. They’ll get to explore the park and its wide variety of climbing and bouldering options and see what awaits them over the next five days.
Day 2: Practicing new skills
The day starts off early so that your kid can pack in a full day of climbing. After preparing a healthy and delicious breakfast and packing a sack lunch and snacks, kids hit the crags and start working on various movement techniques and skills needed to successfully transition from indoor to outdoor climbing. In the evening they’ll share an amazing meal and get together as a group to discuss the goals and plans for tomorrow.
Day 3: More climbing
Just like the day before, kids will enjoy a filling breakfast early in the morning and hit another great climbing area in Smith Rock. They’ll have fun on the cliffs and work on various moves while being encouraged by their guide and other kids. Kids can make new friendships on the Oregon’s rocks, discuss the plans for the next day and enjoy a delicious dinner and various group activities before getting ready for tomorrow.
Day 4: Climbing and other activities
Today kids will visit another climbing location in Smith Rock early in the morning after a healthy breakfast and prepare for some more climbing and camping. They’ll get to learn how their gym skills translate to outdoor climbing and practice some new moves. Kids will also get to swim in the river, explore caves and play a bunch of other games with their new friends. They’ll have their lunch and prepare for a fun afternoon in the park. After dinner, children prepare for the last day in Smith Rock.
Day 5: Departure
It’s the last day of the climbing and camping adventure. It’s time to say goodbye to Smith Rock and its wide array of climbing locations. Your kid can exchange contact information with new friends and stay in touch with them to discuss everything that happened on this unique 5-day adventure. The guiding service will drop your kid off at the airport in Redmond.
Meet your guide
Chockstone Climbing Guides
As we planned our trip to Smith Rock, Chockstone was very responsive and helpful. On the day of the climb, our guide was Sean, and he was on time and ready to go with needed gear. Our son has experience climbing in a gym but not much outdoors. Sean was a great teacher and coach. He was very supportive and enthusiastic, and he enjoyed seeing our son improve with each climb. We all had a fantastic time, and Smith Rock is beautiful. We will definitely use Chockstone next time we are here.
Things to know
Covid measures in Smith Rock State Park, Oregon
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Smith Rock State Park, Oregon, please refer to the Oregon State Parks website and State of Oregon Official Website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 5 days of rock climbing and camping
- Accommodations in tents
- Healthy fresh meals
- Airport pick-up and drop off for Bend/Redmond, OR (Redmond Municipal Airport, RDM)
What’s not included:
- Sleeping bag and pad
- Technical climbing equipment
- Personal clothing and equipment
- Camping gear
- Camping fee
- Parking pass / Oregon State Park Pass
How fit does my kid need to be?
If your kid can climb a ladder, they’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, their guide will choose routes that best suit their skill and fitness level.
What if my kid has never climbed before?
This youth rock climbing camp in Smith Rock State Park is for those actively climbing indoors and wanting to explore climbing outside. It doesn’t require a lot of previous outdoor climbing experience. Your kid’s guide will customize the day to suit their skill level and objectives. With a guide by their side, your kid will learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
What about required equipment?
When it comes to the technical climbing gear, your kid will need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest your kid brings:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle (min. 2 L per person for hot summer days)
- Loose fitting pants or sweatpants
- Extra long sleeve layers and extra clothing in case of colder weather
- Hiking or tennis shoes
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Sleeping bag and pad
- Sun hat
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The max. guest-to-guide ratio for this adventure is 6:1.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
- If joining alone, your kids will be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.
Climbing and camping days for youth in Smith Rock State Park can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- This adventure is intended for climbers and campers aged 12-16.
Deposits and cancellation policy
- The camps, courses, and groups over 10 require a 50% payment to hold a reservation.
Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
- If you cancel for any reason, prior to 3 days before your trip at Smith Rocks, we will happily reschedule for another date or consider cancellation without penalty. If cancellation is made within 3 days a 50% of the total will be charged. Groups, camps, courses will forfeit their total deposit for cancellation within 1 week of the start date.
- Cancellation for any significant medical or other emergency circumstances at any time may be considered for a full or partial refund.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Smith Rock State Park, most people fly into Portland International Airport (PDX) 3 hours away from Smith Rock State Park. From there, you can fly into Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) and your guiding service will pick you up at the airport in Redmond and transfer you to Smith Rock State Park.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guiding service will pick you up from the airport in Redmond and your kid will meet the guide in Smith Rock State Park, where the climbing and camping adventure begins. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.
At the end of your adventure, your guiding service will transfer the kids back to the airport in Redmond at any time of the day.