Miro Merrill

Smith Rock State Park

A Rock Climbing Wonderland

Imagine how it feels to grasp the cracks and edges of a rock and climb up more than 100 feet into the sky.

Smith Rock State Park, located in Central Oregon just north of Bend, allows for such an experience. An explosive eruption over 29 million years ago created the welded tuff (compressed volcanic ash) that occupies the north end of Smith Rock. Erosion and weathering of this tuff has since created the towers and fantastic shapes that we see today. As I climbed these towers of tuff for the first time, I felt utterly alive and ‘one with the rock’ and appreciated how Smith Rock came to be.

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