There are hundreds of wonderful stories woven in the final Connect With Smith Rock painting, and while I can't do them all justice, I'm trying to share some of them in my Story Sunday series on Instagram. Here are some of the stories I have collected so far.
Here is the first installment of my #StorySunday. "This is how you climb at Smith on Halloween! An inmate and a jazzercise dance instructor poser!" 2013. Well done boys lol!
Second edition of Story Sunday where I share some details from a photo of my #ConnectWithSmithRock project. Here's one of Cate's stories...
"We snapped this picture on my husband's and my first trip to Smith Rock. We were visiting and climbing with our good friends, Nathan and Claire, who had recently moved to Portland, OR. It was a rude awakening to Smith Rock climbing and the "cajones" and technique required. My ego was shot big time but I have never seen a more scenic climbing area in the US!"
Thank you again to everyone who has contributed!
Hard to tell it's Smith Rock, but this photo taken of Becca, Amanda and I was an amazing hilarious evening night climbing(that green strap is holding a doll to Becca's back)! Since then, collectively we've wandered the planet a few times, climbed, danced, moved, got married, and had kids to name a few. Congratulations again Becca, Fitz and Tep, may your joy bloom, your laughter grow, and the adventure continue with little Wiley.
One of the most incredible and unique weddings I've ever been to! This year my good friends Eric and Gwen were married at sunrise on top of the free standing pillar Monkey Face in Smith Rock State park. Followed by an epic swing, which in my mind guarantees an even more epic future. Thank you both for being an integral part of the community and our lives.
"Happy feet, happy heart" she says. Amy is what I would call a blissfully happy person with a never-ending tank of good energy! She is a Pharmacist at Westside pharmacy in Bend, trains for enduro races from her home near Smith Rock, and is my Story Sunday pick of the week. Thank you Amy for your endless support and all the wonderful photos you contributed.
Having those people in your life that share laughter, advice, and adventure through the full spectrum of experiences are hard to come by. This is my original adventure partner. In 2007 my brother took on his first-ever multi-pitch climb at Smith Rock! Love you bro!
"The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences." Mikki (Right) quoted Chris McCandless on her first ever multi-pitch! Well done chica! Keep crushing life and congrats again on your promotion!
Smith Rock wasn't always the sport climbing Mecca it is now. Alan Watts was kind enough to dig through his archive and share some of his stories for my project. I had no idea he hand drew all of the topos in his guidebooks, so cool!
If you have your own Smith Rock story or great memory with one of the rad folks above, please share it in the comments bellow!