An October 2005 trip
to Bend by kaitiklown
Quote: Just north of Bend, OR, is a rock climber's mecca (if you like sport climbing); it's like a gym outdoors.
The rock! Beautiful in the desert, it is amazing to watch the sun rise and set in this place. The town of Terrabonne is close as is a Mexican Cafe and Redpoint, a climbing store ready to outfit your outdoor needs.
Within walking distance from the rock walls, this is the most convenient place for climbers to stay. There are bathrooms and showers that are free with your camping fee. For $2, even non-campers can rinse off after climbing. The tenting areas are separate from the bathrooms and an eating area. It should provide peaceful camping, although there were a couple of loud, rude neighbors grilling early next to my tent on the first morning.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2005
Free camping!!! This is where I spent the second night, driving there with a car full of sloshed friends from a tequila-filled night in Bend, OR. It's a bit farther away from the rocks, but there is no charge. While there was a bathroom, the toilet paper was severely lacking, and I think that any other amenities were absent as well. We camped out in a tent close to other tents and a few cars. Strangely enough, this was quieter than the Smith Rock campground. You can make campfires when there aren't dry-season warnings, and the day still begins with a beautiful sunrise.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 19, 2005