Smith Rock, Oregon
Sizes: 8" x 12" up to 40" x 60"
Mediums: Gallery Wrapped Canvas, Metal, and Fine Art Prints
Additional sizes and materials available upon request.
Chain Reaction. Lifting the heavy, dirt covered rope bag onto my shoulder, I glanced up to catch a first attempt at a Smith Rock classic. Frozen in place, I watched in awe as the climber inched closer to crux. Slow steady footwork was interrupted by quick powerful lunges as he grasped for the next hold. Hidden amongst the warm, jagged, orange rock of the arête was a hidden sequence of moves waiting to be deciphered. Words of encouragement rang out from below, echoing off of the walls that surrounded us. As the voices began to fade, his face turned from determination to hope; squatting deep into his stance, he pulled himself in close to the wall and leapt into the void. His hand brushed against the next hold right before gravity sent him plummeting back towards the earth. Close, but not quite, but victory was within his grasp. Flying up the wall his hands pulled against small, sharp pockets and rough, jagged pinches with his feet delicately balancing atop the tiniest imperfections in the rocks surface. This was it, he had unlocked it. Soaring through the air, his hands shot upwards clasping the solid outcrop of rock. It was a walk in the park now, he had done it. A look of joy overtook his body as shouts of success boomed through the cliffs of tuff and basalt. Little did I know, but I had just witnessed the ascent of an iconic route in Smith Rock. Back in 1993 Chain Reaction was featured on the front page of Newsweek magazine instantly making the climb, along with Smith Rock famous across the country. It is heralded as one of the most recognizable routes in the US and potentially the world. Yet here I was, unaware of its legendary status, simply enjoying it for the first time.