Monday, May 29, 2006

Bend, Oregon - Angela's Birthday Trip

Angela's 27th birthday fell on Sunday May 21st and we decided to head to Bend, Oregon for some rock climbing at Smith Rock and mountain biking along the Deschutes River.

After work on Friday we went down to Ha Penny for Shaunna's TNG "take this job and shove it" party. Angela and I worked for TNG last year and had similar parties. Good to see some old faces but I’m sure glad I/we jumped ship in 2005. We stuck around to about 8pm and then started the 3 hour drive to Burns, Oregon. Spent the night in Burns, got up in the morning and drove another 3 hours to Smith Rock. We set up the tent, had some lunch and started hiking to the Dihedrals for some sport climbing!

"The Dihedrals"

The Dihedrals is one of the more popular areas to climb at Smith Rock and on Saturday May 20th it was jammed packed with climbers. We started out by jumping on a 5.6 called "Easy Reader." Although an easy and fun climb, "Easy Reader" was almost our last climb of the day. The climb goes up the rock face and finishes off to the right from where you started, also if you were to stand at the start of the climb and walk to your right the rock face rounds off inward to a crack. Below is a picture: the red line represents the route I climbed and the green line shows my decent.

After I finished the climb, Angela preceded to belay me back down. I was cleaning the quickdraws from the climb and when I took the last draw off the rock I unexpectedly swung into the crack, represented in the green line in the photo. Swinging is never a good thing while climbing, but in general this wouldn't have been a huge deal if I had an equal size belayer. Due to Angela's fit petite build the sudden momentum knocked Angela off her feet and pulled her a small distance across the ground. But amongst her shaken nerves and scrapped appendages she managed to do the most important thing a belayer can do. “No matter what happens, you do not let go of your break hand.” Otherwise gravity will win...Thanks Scamp!

A close call to start but we managed to get in a few more climbs in before the day was done:

Lichen It - 5.7:
Bunny Face - 5.7:
Rabbit Stew - 5.7:

Overall the climbing was excellent, and the weather was perfect! We had planned on getting in two more routes in the morning; however we woke up to rain showers and couldn't climb. So we had breakfast and then drove off to Bend in search of the Deschutes River Trails.

The Deschutes River was wonderful to ride, providing diverse scenery and varied terrain. We biked out and back 11 miles out to Dillon Falls. The only downside to this ride was in several areas on the ride the trail looked more like a big pile of spaghetti, with trails going off in multiple directions, and no clear markers. Several times we ended up off the main drag and had to work our way back.

Here are the pictures from the trip: pics

Also who knew The Great Sphinx of Giza is located in Terrebonne, Oregon?