Saturday, 18 June 2011

Smith cont....

Smith so far has been amazing, every venue we've been too so far on this trip has been amazing and I'm sure I keep repeating myself, but after the delights of the Buttermilks, the quality of the granite in Yosemite, Smith Rock had a lot to live up to. It's delivered.  We've met some great people, the local scene and wad's are uber friendly and there are more female climbers here than we've seen anywhere else and there all strong! So we've had a lot of fun on and off the rock.  A few trips to the local micro-brewery for 'locals night' and an unexpected trip to a strip joint courtesy of said locals have provided us with the opportunity to drink some great beer and suffer some hangovers.  Oregon knows how to make beer!
Matt on Aggro Monkey
As for the climbing... It' been nice to climb in the comfort of bolts after bishop highballs and yosemite trad and using our select guide we've been making our way through the classics.  Steve recently had a stellar redpoint of Rude boys and kept his cool on the run out slab above, it was an exciting belay and Steve's first Fr 8a+ so congrats! 
The rose move on Rude Boys

The bolt ladder up the Monkey

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