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Climbing Monkey Face at Smith Rock, Oregon!

Be patient!
"Monkey Face" Poster!

Tyrolean Traverse from the Diving Board on the Smith Rock Summit Plateau to the Monkey's Mouth Cave,
then a short five seven aerie climb from the Monkey's Mouth to the Nose Block,
a climb to the Top, rappel to the Nose Block and a free hanging rappel to the base (black rope bag).


Getting used to the exposure on the Diving Board?


Tied in!


Looking west toward the Oregon Cascades across the farms surrounding Smith Rock State Park


Photo Op

All images on this page Copyright© 2002-2010 by Robert Speik. All Rights Reserved.

For an inexpensive poster of "MonkeyShines" click here:
The signed poster is about two feet tall. OUT OF STOCK SINCE 2005.
Copyright© 2001-2010 by Robert Speik. All Rights Reserved.




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Mount Hood - Final Report to the American Alpine Club on the loss of three climbers in December 2006
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Man rescued from crevasse just off South Sister climber's trail
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Family of five and exhausted Great Dane dog rescued from South Sister Climber's Trail
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North Sister and Middle Sister spring summits on telemark skis
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North Sister - Accident analyzed for ANAM by Fitz Cahall
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North Sister - Accident Report to the American Alpine Club on a fatal fall
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North Sister - North Ridge Trip Report by Sam Carpenter
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Smith Rock climber survives 40-foot fall, rescued by SAR
Smith Rock climber rescued after 70-foot sliding fall
Young Smith Rock climbers become stranded on Monkey Face
Smith Rock - Warning!! ** Climber falls trying to clip first bolt
Smith Rock - AAC: Experienced rock climber Jim Anglin dies
Smith Rock - AAC: Leader fall turns climber upside down
Smith Rock - AAC: Warning!! ** Belayer drops climber off the end of the top rope
Smith Rock - AAC: Fall on rock - protection pulled out
Smith Rock - AAC: WARNING - Belayer drops climber off the end of the top rope
Smith Rock - AAC: Inadequate top rope belay
Smith Rock - AAC: Climber injured on the approach
Smith Rock - AAC: WARNING - Belayer drops climber off the end of the top rope
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Smith Rock - AAC: Fall on rock, protection pulled out
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Fallen solo climber on Mount Thielsen, rescued by chance encounter

Climber on Mt. Rainier dies, others injured
R.J. Secor critically injured during a runaway glissade
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Mount Rainier climber killed by falling rock
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On Being and Becoming a Mountaineer: an Essay
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The Mountaineers Club effects a rescue in the North Cascades

AAC Member Heidi Kloos Perishes In Avalanche
US National Avalanche Accidents Database
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