Forecasts call for a bit of snow tonight and tomorrow. Hopefully it will come. In the mean time, this week’s outdoor column for The Source Weekly checks out the winter climbing scene at Smith. The first bit is below. For the whole piece, go here: Less Crowds, More Routes.

Puffy coats and wool beanies at belay stations. Handwarmers tucked into chalkbags. Thin socks in shoes a half size larger than normal. Sun on south facing rock. Thermoses filled with hot tea. Classic lines with no crowds, and temperatures perfect for sending. Welcome to central Oregon winter rock climbing.

While many locals have been busy deriding the weather for a lack of snow, a few have taken to celebrating the recent high pressure for its resulting extension of the fall climbing season at Smith Rock and local bouldering areas. … continued…