The American Alpine Club is sponsoring Craggin' Classics all across the country. At destinations that are both nationally and locally significant, the event is a celebration of the local climbing community, and the crags that inspire them.
This weekend's event was organized by the Oregon Section of the American Alpine Club, and sponsored by Outdoor Research, CAMP, Boreal, and Evolv. It included breakfast burritos on Saturday, pancakes on Sunday, and bacon cheeseburgers at the Terrebonne Depot on Saturday night. Actually, it featured the Terrebonne Depot every night - that place is fantastic, puts out an awesome spread, and the only faster way to wrap sore hands around a cold beer is to have a cooler waiting in the car. But then you wish for a chilled pint glass.
But I digress. I'll let the photos tell the story. If you spend 15 hours driving to get to and from someplace, you're bound to see something interesting. Like a classic Porsche Carrera on fire and stopping traffic.
|Another great reason to travel. Great coffee, like that from Thump|
in Bend, Oregon. That's a mean trad cap, know what I'm saying?
|1.25 miles: Passing underneath the Picnic Wall.|
|2.5 miles: Crossing Misery Ridge, underneath|
a falcon hunting for breakfast.
|Looking down at the Smith Rock group around mile 3. Mile 4-6|
were spent running around this thing.
|The third class of Asterix Pass slowed this run|
|The view from mile 5.|
|As I finished the run, the Crooked Creek fire continued to grow.|
The smoke eventually settled in the area, and put a full stop to
my plans for a second run on Wednesday.
Oh yeah, the event. The Terrebonne Depot hosted the organizers and sponsor reps on Friday night for sign-ups. We were expecting a somewhat small and tame group of 60.
|By breakfast in the morning that 60 had grown to over 80.|
|In addition to the clinics on movement skills, trad gear, and|
aid climbing, there was a service project. We spent 8.5 hours
over two days building trail and staircases near the Shipwreck.
|Saturday night the sponsors put up tables and talked about how|
cool our stuff is. And it is cool, let me tell you.
|There were 130 tickets issued for dinner at the Terrebonne Depot.|
For the following show of Reel Rock 7, the Depot owners
estimated the crowd at 150.
|I chose to sleep in my car after the after-party at Greg's. It was that epic.|
|Eddie climbing pitch 4 - the money pitch - of|
Wherever I May Roam, quit possibly the best
|Eddie and Linda crossing the river to the Shakespeare|
Wall, Lower Gorge.
|Whisky, beer, and pizza: Glenn enjoying the fruit of his labor.|
|My last view of Smith Rock, filled with smoke from the Crooked|