National Conference 2017 - Smith Rock, OR, October 26-29

2017 National Conference ​at Smith Rock, OR - Oct. 26-29

BONUS: Crack climbing Camp at Trout Creek - October 22-25

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OVERVIEW: National Conferences are traditionally our largest gatherings. You will have a chance to get to know more Solid Rockers and do ministry together with folks from many places. The days will be filled with on-mission climbing and the evenings with dinner together, worship and teaching.

The Climbing: Smith Rock is the birthplace of sport in the USA. The climbing on the welded tuff at Smith Rock is some of the most unique climbing around.  The sport climbing is awesome and there is plenty of quality trad and multi-pitch .  If you don't have a partner coming with you, you will be able to find a partner with communication beforehand and at the event. 

Seven Reasons to be Part of the National Conference at Smith Rock


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KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Craig DeMartino


Craig's story in his words: "In 2002 my life changed dramatically. I was accidentally dropped 100 feet while climbing in CO. That's the same height as a 10 story office building. I endured a three month stay in the hospital and later a rehab facility where I began to rebuild my life and body. After 18 months, I decided to amputate my leg below the knee to return to climbing, and the quality of life I once enjoyed. Now, with 30 years of climbing experience under my belt, I have a new and exciting view of the world. I believe perspective is a great tool to motivate us, and the accident gave me such perspective. Once I returned to climbing I pushed my body to learn and re-learn the art of climbing. That journey continues on."

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The Camping: The recommended camping ​location will be the Bivi Site at Smith Rock State Park.  No reservations are required and you will pay ($5 per person per night) as you arrive. We will have some options available if the bivi gets full.  No RV or in-vehicle camping at the bivi site but those options will be available at Smith Rock Community Church.  If camping isn't for you, hotels and vacation rentals are available in Redmond, 15 minutes away.  SRCFC will provide a stoves, pots, pans, utensils, etc for those traveling by air to the event.

​Evening Gatherings: Smith Rock Community Church (a few miles from Smith Rock in Terrebonne) have graciously offered to open up their church for our evenings together.  This will include dinner together ($4 per meal), worship and teaching.  

Trout 2.jpgCrack Climbing Camp: ​For those interested, we will be having crack climbing camp at Trout Creek (40 miles from Smith) prior to the conference from October 22 to 25.  Yosemite hardman, Doug Englekirk (has free climbed El Cap), will be available for tips and tricks. This is not a beginners/novice area, especially if one hasn't crack climb.  All are welcome but climbing options will be limited by skill-level.  We will be camping at Trout Creek Campground near the climbing area on the Deschutes River.  SRCFC will provide a stoves, pots, pans, utensils, etc for those traveling by air to the event.

THE SCHEDULE 

NOTE: You can enter and leave the schedule at any point. If you need to connect with the group at any time and not sure where we are, reach out to Calvin (541-408-5846) or ​TBA. More details and activities will be scheduled as we grow closer.

Sunday, Oct. 22
9:00 am: Meet at Trout Creek Campground/Day Use Area
Daytime: Crack Climbing Camp and set up camp
8:00 pm: Evening Gathering

Monday, Oct. 23
8:30 am: Morning Devotional
9:00 am: Meet at Trout Creek Campground/Day Use Area
Daytime: Crack Climbing Camp and set up camp
8:00 pm: Evening Gathering

Tuesday, Oct. 24
8:30 am: Morning Devotional
9:00 am: Meet at Trout Creek Campground/Day Use Area
Daytime: Crack Climbing Camp and set up camp
8:00 pm: Evening Gathering

Wednesday, Oct. 25
8:30 am: Morning Devotional at Trout Creek Campground
Daytime: Transition to Smith Rock State Park Bivi
Daytime: Climbing at Trout Creek/Smith Rock or Rest Day
2:00 pm: SRCFC Board Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 26
8:30 am: Morning Devotional at Smith Rock Bivi
Daytime: Climbing at Smith Rock
7:00 pm: Dinner and Evening Gathering at Smith Rock Community Church
- Speaker: TBA

Friday, Oct. 27
8:30 am: Morning Devotional at Smith Rock Bivi
Daytime: Climbing at Smith Rock
9:00 am: Self Rescue Clinic (see details below)
7:00 pm: Dinner and Evening Gathering at Smith Rock Community Church
- Speaker: TBA

Saturday, Oct. 28
8:30 am: Morning Devotional at Smith Rock Bivi
Daytime: Climbing at Smith Rock
7:00 pm: Free Community Dinner and Craig DeMartino Presentation at Smith Rock Community Church

Sunday, Oct. 29
8:30 am: Climbers Church with Craig Demartino at Northern Point
Daytime: Climbing at Smith Rock
6:00 pm: Come Climb with Craig DeMartino at Bend Rock Gym

Self Rescue Clinic - Friday, Oct. 27, 9:00 am: Climbers of all ability levels should know how to get themselves and their climbing partners out of a jam. This course will teach you how to deal with problems that could arise while climbing. You will learn and practice escaping the belay, raising with mechanical advantage, leader rescue, lowering and rappelling with an injured partner, and passing knots through a belay / rappel device. This course is being provided by David Potter of Smith Rock Climbing Guides. A $10 donation to Solid Rock secures your spot.

THE COST

The suggested donation is $50.00 per adult. Your donation will help to cover the program costs of SRCFC holding a National Conference. Although encouraged by all participating at any level (except for children, teens and students), this is a suggested donation and is not required for you to attend. Meals and lodging are not covered by this donation.  Go to payment options.



 Other Information 
  • Registration Deadline October ​25th. 
  • "JOIN" the events on Facebook at 2017 National Conference and Crack Climbing Camp or post you are going on Where Climbers Gather.
  • Your Responsibility: You are responsible for connecting with someone to climb with (you will receive a list of participants and climbing objectives), your camping equipment and all your meals! 
  • What to Bring: ___ Camping Gear ___ Climbing Gear ___ Food ___ Camp Chair ___ Bible/Something to Write with
  • When registering, you will have a chance to offer/look for carpooling.
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