Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park

Staggering rock faces. A trail that winds up through them. Views across the desert valley to the snow-capped Cascade Mountains. We loved trekking in this State Park just north of Bend in Central Oregon.

Gosh how spoilt is America for amazing landscapes? The locals may flock here, but us Europeans – with only a few weeks in the States – would tend to give Oregon a miss.

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This is heaven for rock-climbers. Famous climbs all over the place, include the Monkey Face (below right), which has one of the toughest free routes in the world rated at 5.14c. We spoke to one youngster physically and mentally preparing for his attempt in the Fall.

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