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Local Food

Terrebonne Eateries

Terrebonne Depot, a favorite of ours, is a full service restaurant featuring locally grown foods in a unique, casual environment.  A great place to finish the day after a day of climbing.   www.terrebonnedepot.com

-Pump House Bar and Grill  Steaks

-The Sunspot – A  burger and fries joint.  A great place for a giant ice cream cone

-Basecamp Pizza – New in 2013, now Terrebonne has pizza!

 

Redmond Restaurants

Redmond is a 10minute drive south of Smith Rock on Highway 97 and there are many options for good food.

There are two breweries in town And many restaurants.

-Smith Rock Brewery   Made the top 15 on Trip Advisor and has the right name if you want to stick with a theme.

-Seventh Street Brew House  (Serving Cascade Lakes Beer)   www.cascadelakes.com

The following is a list from the top 7 of Trip Advisor.  There are still more great options if you don’t see what you are craving.

-Pho House  –  Vietnamese

 -Diego’s Spirit Kitchen  –   Mexican

-Madeline’s  – Mexican

-Baldy’s BBQ – Barbecue

-Christie’s Kitchen  – Breakfast

-Brickhouse Restaurant – Steak

-Oisho –  Sushi

 

Bend Restaurants

Bend is a 30-40 minute drive from Smith Rock State Park.  Bend is a city of 80,000,  so with that come many excellent places to eat.  Bend is a city of great food and beverages.

Central Oregon also is a region of 12 local breweries, with a well founded reputation of excellent beer.

 

 

 

 

 


What is an Appropriate Gratuity?

Many clients ask us if it is appropriate to tip their guide. As you will see your guide will be working very hard to meet your goals and take great care to assure you a fun, memorable climbing experience. If you feel they did a good job, please feel free to tip your guide what feels appropriate to your experience.


Why Climb with Us?

THREE QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK WHEN CHOOSING A GUIDE SERVICE

How long has your company been in business?

What is your safety record?

Is this an American Mountain Guide Association – AMGA accredited guide service?

 

CHOOSE US FOR THESE REASONS

We have been in the rock climbing instruction and guiding business at Smith Rock since 1993.

Chockstone Climbing Guides/First Ascent is an American Mountain Guides Association Accredited Business. This ensures you receive the highest level of service in our industry. Accreditation and certified guides are not the norm in the United States, though it is the absolute requirement in Europe. AMGA members believe that meeting professional standards is important in the climbing industry. In the future it will be a requirement as it is in Europe. Presently AMGA guides are those that are self motivated to reach that level of professionalism.

Our guides are all professional ,experienced and accomplished rock climbers who are certified or in the pursuit of certification in the AMGA training programs. They are required to have certifications in field medicine such as Wilderness First Responder or Advanced First Aid. Our guides are friendly professionals that enjoy sharing a day of rock climbing with all ages and abilities!

We offer competitive rates when compared to other accredited guide services.

We have a “no charge for bad weather” policy.

We have a flawless safety record with over 15 years in business and offer excellent quality, up-to-date equipment for our clients.

We have adopted Smith Rock State Park, in Oregon’s.


Insurance

Do I Sign a Waiver?

All participants are required to complete and sign a Program Registration Form and an Acknowledgment of Risk and Release of Liability  Form before we begin each trip.  These can be requested by email prior or they can be filled out on arrival on the day of your trip.

Click here for:   REGISTRATION FORM    |   LIABILITY FORM


Payment

Is a Deposit Required?

OUR POLICIES

Please read completely and call with any questions or concerns

Deposits and Payments:

A valid credit card  with 50% on hold  is required to reserve a spot for you on one of our trips.  Full payment is due upon the day of your trip. If you sign up for a trip that starts within 3 days, full payment is due at that time. We accept checks, money orders and Visa/ MasterCard/American Express/Discover.

Weather Policy:

Cancellation/reschedule due to rain or snow on day of trip is without penalty.   However, Once a trip begins, if the activities are cut short due to weather, there is no refund available.

Cancellations and Refunds:

If you cancel for any reason, prior to 3 days before your trip at Smith Rocks, we will happily give you a refund or you can reschedule for a later date. Groups will forfeit their deposit for cancellations within 1 wk of the scheduled guiding.

Medical Considerations:

If you have had a recent injury, illness, or surgery, or if you have a medical condition such as asthma or allergies to food or medications, you should consult with us as well as your physician before signing up for any trip.

Personal Responsibility:

We make every effort to provide you with a safe and successful climb. Climbing involves some inherent risks that are beyond our control. You will assume the responsibility for many decisions affecting the safety of your trip. We do not assume liability for injuries or death. All participants are completely responsible for all medical and hospital costs associated with any injury, rescue or evacuation. You must sign a release form and go at your own risk.  We recommend for everyone to consider purchasing travel insurance for all vacation travel.


Rain Checks

What If It Rains? Our Policies

OUR POLICIES

Please read completely and call with any questions or concerns

Deposits and Payments:

A valid credit card  with 50% on hold  is required to reserve a spot for you on one of our trips.  Full payment is due upon the day of your trip. If you sign up for a trip that starts within 3 days, full payment is due at that time. We accept checks, money orders and Visa/ MasterCard/American Express/Discover.

Weather Policy:

Cancellation/reschedule due to rain or snow on day of trip is without penalty.   However, Once a trip begins, if the activities are cut short due to weather, there is no refund available.

Cancellations and Refunds:

If you cancel for any reason, prior to 3 days before your trip at Smith Rocks, we will happily give you a refund or you can reschedule for a later date. Groups will forfeit their deposit for cancellations within 1 wk of the scheduled guiding.

Medical Considerations:

If you have had a recent injury, illness, or surgery, or if you have a medical condition such as asthma or allergies to food or medications, you should consult with us as well as your physician before signing up for any trip.

Personal Responsibility:

We make every effort to provide you with a safe and successful climb. Climbing involves some inherent risks that are beyond our control. You will assume the responsibility for many decisions affecting the safety of your trip. We do not assume liability for injuries or death. All participants are completely responsible for all medical and hospital costs associated with any injury, rescue or evacuation. You must sign a release form and go at your own risk.  We recommend for everyone to consider purchasing travel insurance for all vacation travel.


Requirements

What Should I Bring?

What To Bring

• Dress for the season and forecasted weather.  Wear clothing appropriate for being active outdoors.

– Shorts, tights, loose fitting pants, or sweatpants are appropriate.
– Tee shirt or sports top, even in the summer, it’s always good to have an extra long sleeve layer, the shade in the mornings can be cool.

•  Bring water (2 liters minimum each for hot  summer days).

•  Lunch and packable snacks.

•  Sunscreen, perhaps a hat, and extra lightweight packable clothing in case of cold weather.

•  Rugged outdoor footwear is recommended.

•  A small daypack is needed to carry your gear.

•  You must supply your own food and camping gear if you wish to camp out.

 

Gear/Equipment:  We can supply all of the rock climbing equipment, including harness and helmet, and climbing shoes. Let us know your gear needs upon reservation.  You are welcome to use your own personal climbing gear.


Accommodations

Lodging in Central Oregon

Central Oregon Lodging

Sunriver Resort $$$ www.sunriver-resort.com 800-801-8765

Mt. Bachelor Village Resort $$$ www.mtbachelorvillage.com 800-452-9846

Inn Of The Seventh Mountain Resort $$$ www.seventhmountain.com 800-452-6810

Bend Dutch Rentals$$    www.benddutchrentals.com Lara House Bed and Breakfast $$$

www.larahouse.com  800-766-4064 Brasada Ranch Pronghorn The Lodge atEagle Crest – a Holiday Inn Resort Sunriver Resort Sleep Inn and Suites Redmond Comfort Suites Redmond Airport The Hub Motel $ (closest to Smith inexpensive and has kitchenettes) Comfort Suites $$$ (nicest Motel in Redmond) www.choicehotels.com 541-504-8900   Comfort Suites $$$ (nicest Motel in Redmond) 2243 SW Yew Ave. www.choicehotels.com 541-504-8900 Camping options; Bivouac area at Smith Rock State Park, Skull Hollow Campground, Lake Billy Chinook State Park and Tumalo State Park.  More info on our camping options page

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Camping

Camping Options

Smith Rock State Park

A great option for the tent Camper is the Bivouac Area at Smith Rock State Park.   It is located within the park with amazing view of the rocks!  It is walk in only/tents only.  You must cook at the parking lot and then walk in to sleep.  There is running water, showers and electrical outlets at the bathrooms.   Campfires are not allowed.  $5.00 per person which includes parking permit for the day.

Skull Hollow

Grasslands National Monument Skull Hollow Campground is the closest camping availale to Smith Rock visitors, other than the Bivouac area. From highway 97 east on Smith Rock Way approx 4 miles, left at the T, another 4 miles approx. past county line. On your left.   This campground has individual campsites, unlike the bivouac area.  $5.00 per site. No running Water,  No RV hook-ups,  Campfires allowed and camping in vehicle is permitted