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Smith Rock Climb-a-thon

  • 10/16/2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • 10/21/2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • Smith Rock State Park
  • 13



Join MAA members on an awesome climbing event at Smith Rock, Oregon. Considered the birthplace of sport climbing and among the top 10 rock climbing destinations in the US, there are many interesting routes to climb and things to do and see at Smith Rock. The climbers campground is very close and an amazing place to stay. Dates are flexible, you can come for all or a portion of the week. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 10. Hope to have you out with us!


  • What's happening: 5-day expedition focused on sport, trad and some multi-pitch climbing in a group setting, with excellent camping accommodations close by at the climber's campground - complete with free showers, a cooking area, excellent camping and flush bathrooms. It is on-site and only 15 minutes walk to the climbing from there. We'll pick another area to climb in the park as a group each day, focusing on top roping. Opportunities to learn or practice lead climbing sport and trad will be available to those who are qualified, upon the discretion of the EL. There are restaurants and groceries about 10 minutes drive away. 
  • Where to meet: 6:00 pm Monday, October 16th at the climber's bivy. campground at Smith Rock State Park. It is $8 per night to stay there.
  • Volunteer Event Leader: Darren Shutt (916) 872-3399,
  • Minimum / Maximum: 2/10
  • Travel Coordination: We'll make arrange logistics for flying or ride sharing in September. It is possible to fly into Redmond, which is very close to Smith. We can arrange pickup and drop off at the airport.
  • What to bring: clothes for hot and cold weather, tent, sleeping bag, mat, stove, pots, food, water, camp chair, rock shoes, harness, belay device, carabiners, chalk, approach shoes, rock pro and rope if you have it.
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.


  • DAY 1: Monday, October 16th: Meet at the climber's bivy campground tables for dinner, planning and logistics.
  • DAYS 2-4: Tuesday, October 17th - Friday October 20th: Climbing at Smith Rock during daylight hours and socializing with friends in the evening.  
  • DAY 5: Saturday, October 21st: Heading home. 


  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.

  • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 

  • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.

  • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA, but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.

  • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.

  • Participant safety is our top priority. Circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.

  • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.

  • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.

  • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.

  • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

(916) 872-3399

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