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August 1, 2014

Experts help jittery novices learn climbing at Smith Rock

Statesman Journal

AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Zach Urness [enlarge]
Smith Rock in Oregon makes a near-perfect place to learn about climbing because there are so many routes that range from beginner to advanced.

SMITH ROCK STATE PARK, Ore. — As Leah May Salerno stood on a narrow perch high above the Crooked River in this Central Oregon state park, preparing to climb a vertical rock wall called “Hello Kitty Cliff,” she said something that didn't quite add up.

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