Seattle MAC Climbing Trip - Smith Rock

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC Climbing Trip - Smith Rock

A special climbing trip to Smith Rock with a focus on multi-pitch and leading. This trip is available only to junior or senior MAC students or those who have been in the program for two years, and are in their third year, as a reward for their service and dedication. See leader's notes for details.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

See trip sheet for details.


Plan on leaving Friday 5/26 ASAP to arrive to Skull Hollow. Climb on 5/27, 5/8, and head back to Seattle on 5/29. 

Carpool Link

This trip is being offered to MAC students who are juniors or seniors with at least 1 year under their belt OR who are in at least their 3rd year of MAC. This means that students who joined as 8th graders and are now sophomores in high school are eligible, as are students that joined as freshmen or sophomores and are in their junior or senior year of high school. 

Please request a place by emailing

Other prerequisites: Multi-pitch skills including at least the multi-pitch systems badge. Ability to lead 5.9 on bolts. If you are in your 3rd year but do not meet these prerequisites, reach out to VP's of Trips and Skills (Linus and Blake) to make a plan and meet these pre-reqs. 

Registration: If you meet these prerequisites, you may request to join this trip at any point during the year. Registration will not be freely available for this trip and individuals will be added manually upon request by program manager. 

Fee: There will be a small fee to partially cover the out of the ordinary fuel expenses for this trip. This works out to the trip participants taking on about half of the fuel costs, while the Mountaineers will reimburse the other half upon request as usual. Otherwise all usual expenses (camping, food, instruction) covered by Mountaineers. 

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness that fits over the clothing you climb in
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • Backpack or bag that holds all of your gear

  • Small duffel bag for overnight gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent
  • Camp chair / sitting system
  • Pack cover or plastic bag for water repellence
  • Wool/synthetic socks (minimum of three pairs)
  • Boots (worn in with sturdy tread, seams, and laces)
  • Shorts (synthetic)
  • T-shirt (avoid cotton and save one for the ride home)
  • Long sleeve shirt (synthetic)
  • Long underwear (synthetic)
  • Warm Jacket (fleece or wool)
  • Warm pants (fleece or wool)
  • Waterproof shell (jacket and pants, breathable and a hood on the jacket)
  • For cold weather:
    • hand warmers


  • Stocking cap (wool or synthetic)
  • Brimmed hat
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Bandana or buff
  • Camp shoes
  • Sunglasses (polarized, broad spectrum UV protection)
  • Bowl, Cup, Spoon
  • Water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Headlamp/Flashlight (spare batteries)
  • Personal Hygiene items
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • Biodegradable soap
    • Gender specific items
    • Washcloth
    • Sunscreen
    • Comb
    • Personal Medications
  • Optional
    • Camera
    • Playing Cards
    • Hacky Sack
    • Frisbee
    • Journal and pen
    • Instruments (harmonica, etc)
    • Music to share with group
    • Hand warmers
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