the heights on smith rock state park in the high desert of central oregon, north of newberry crater national monument, not far from bend, oregon, the deschutes ochoco national forest, hiking trails, cascade mountains, mountain lakes, waterfalls and more.  

Rock Climbing on Smith Rock

Smith Rock is composed of welded rhyolite tuff, although vulture ridge (not pictured here) is a dike, remnant of an old volcanic eruption. 1.2 million years ago, lava flows from Newberry Volcano flowed down the Crooked River canyon forming the ridge across the river from Smith Rock. The picnicking area sits on columnar basalt.

The welded tuff, seen here in this photograph, rises as high as 550'. That's certainly not difficult to imagine, considering how tiny the rock climber appears in this photo. :-)

Please, make ever effort to leave the rock as you found it. :-) Rock Climbing Ethics from the National Outdoor Leadership School.

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Crater Lake National Park (pictured above) not far from Gathering Light ... a retreat. Rustic simplicity, a place to "Just Be", Gathering Light is nestled on the banks of the river, surrounded by the Fremont Winema National Forest of southern Oregon and not far from Crater Lake National Park.

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