Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon’s High Desert is considered by many as the birthplace of American sport climbing with over 1,500 routes. But if sport climbing isn’t for you, there’s also trad climbing, multi-pitch climbing, and bouldering. The area is composed of volcanic basalt and tuff to keep climbers of all abilities coming back for more. The park is also home to Scarface, the U.S.’s first climb rated at 5.14. Because of Smith Rock’s status as one of the best locations in the USA for climbers, central Oregon has seen tons of development since the 1960s, establishing new routes over the ensuing decades. Find out why every sport climber needs to visit Smith Rock State Park from Jessica Meiris, rock guide and helicopter pilot.

  • The birthplace of U.S. sport climbing in Oregon’s high desert

  • Over 1500 climbing routes of varying length and style

  • The volcanoes of the Cascade Range provide a striking backdrop

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Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Mar 17 onwards
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Mar 17 onwards
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing day
Mar 17 onwards
2-Day Multi-Pitch Climbing With a Private Guide
Available upon request

Meet your guides

Chockstone Climbing Guides
Chockstone Climbing Guides
Chockstone Climbing Guides
At Chockstone Climbing Guides they believe all clients deserve the best service from professionals that are trained in the current, highest standards of practice in our industry. They were the first Smith Rock guide service accredited by the AMGA in 1...
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John Barkhausen
John Barkhausen
AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First...
AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First...
John is an avid adventurer and he loves to share his passion for the outdoors with others. He has had the opportunity to travel, explore, work, and adventure in some of the most amazing places around the world. He holds certifications through the AMGA,...
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Things to know

  • 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 travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Smith Rock State Park please refer to the Smith Rock State Park 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
      • A half-day, full-day, or 2 days of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
      • All technical climbing gear
      • Permits

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation
      • Accommodations (camping or hotel)
      • Food and snacks
      • $5 per vehicle parking fee
  • If you can climb a ladder, you’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, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

  • Smith Rock has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

    For intermediate to advanced climbers, Smith Rock has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

  • All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

      • Helmet
      • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
      • Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
      • Ropes
      • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
      • Water bottle
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • 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 prices:

      • For private guided climbing days in Smith Rock the usual client to guide ratio is 5:1 and cost is per person.
      • For multi-pitch climbing days, the max client to guide ratio is 2:1.
      • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

    Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • Smith Rock State Park is located in Central Oregon; the town of Redmond is 8 miles away and Bend is 23 miles to the south.

    You will meet your guide at the Smith Rock State Park within walking distance of the rock. The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.

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