Here are some examples of unsolicited testimonials we have received lately, both by mail and online.  Our goal is to provide the best experience possible for our clients, and we are sure you will be just as happy as these folks:

Oh, in case you are wondering why David gets so much mail, we have three guides named David or Dave :)




I just wanted to thank you. I can't say enough about the experience I had out in Smith. You have an excellent guide, not only in ability to read the park and assign proper/challenging routes but in climber education as well. I had a great time, plan on coming back and will without question and will tell anyone climbing in your area that SRCG is the only guide service to call.

If you need a referral for the site, please let me know.

Thank you,





I just wanted to thank you, had a fantastic day yesterday. Taylor was a great guide, I was really impressed, everything was very professional, so I felt real comfortable with him leading, so tell him thanks again. I'll be sure to spread the word.




What a great two and a half days we had with our guide Derrick!  These guided trips met all of our expectations and then some!  We learned so much and will rebook with your group in the near future specifically because of the high quality of our guide. We will of course request our guide again if he is available.  I can't say enough positive things!  Thank you for a wonderful introduction to climbing.  We're hooked.



Alan is a great guide - this is the second time we've had him and we'd definitely want to climb with him again.  He is friendly, fun, and inspiring.  He inspires confidence and trust- a darn good thing when you're putting your life in someone's hands!  He is never impatient or condescending in answering any of our questions - and some of them are pretty newby.  I'm a bit of a chicken, and he never makes me feel bad about it.  His competence becomes more and more obvious as the day progresses, so as you go higher up you completely realize that you are in good hands.  We have had only great experiences with you(Smith Rock Climbing Guides).

Thank you!



It's been a few days since our trip to Bend and Smith Rock and I wanted to say what an Awesome experience climbing with Smith Rock Climbing Guides was. Derrick was absolutely great. He was informative, knowledgeable and just a great instructor/guide. He answered all my questions and addressed my concerns and my lack of experience. He also taught us a lot about Smith Rock. He chose routes that were challenging; yet not so difficult to be impossible: for the newbie outdoor climber. With Derrick's encouragement I was able to accomplish the climbs he had chosen. I picked up a few pointers from his experience and he corrected me on some not so good habits. He also went out of his way to teach several things that I had not yet experienced. I learned and accomplished a lot. I have Smith Rock Climbing Guides to thank for my day at Smith Rock............On that note: Thank You to you: David (for your patience in dealing with a nervous beginner) and Derrick for what was truly an Awesome Day. I will definitely be back to Smith Rock......and look forward to climbing with Smith Rock Climbing Guides.

Sincerely; Udo S.

P.S. Spiderman Buttress is still on my radar....


My son and I went out with Cameron last Friday for an all day climbing trip. We both were very pleased with his professionalism, knowledge, and his warm and engaging personality. We have already recommended your guide service and especially Cameron to others and will continue to do so. We hope to join him again late September for a climb with my six year old twins. Ropes, harness', quickdraws, and helmets from guide service to guide service are about the same so it's the guides themselves that separate you from the others and with Cameron I believe you have done just that. Best wishes and thanks for a great day.

Sincerely, Charles --------

Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated Derrick.  He was a fabulous guide and worked so hard to create a fun experience for Anna and me. He is clearly gifted at what he does and we so enjoyed our time with him.



Hi there,


My name is Pam ---- and my husband and I just went climbing with your guide Steve this past Saturday. I just wanted to let you know what an enjoyable time we had. We felt that we were in very capable hands. This was the first time I had climbed outside the gym and the first time my husband has EVER climbed. My husband was very nervous and afraid of heights but Steve made him feel comfortable enough and gave him so much encouragement that my husband made it to the top of the cinnamon slab! My husband now wants to try and join me at the gym. We are certainly planning on coming back to Smith Rock State Park and hopefully will be bringing friends. We will also most definitely be contacting you all again. It was well worth the cost for the wonderful experience and feeling of safety that Steve provided us. I attached some pictures for you all to see. Thanks again!


Pam ----



Hey David,

This is Nic from Monterey CA. How are you doing?  Just wanted to follow up and say how much fun I had climbing with you the other week. It was the cherry on top of my little vacation up to Oregon. I actually meant to write to you much sooner, but I've been very active since I came back home, working and doing alot of climbing! I did this multipitch ascent up one of the larger formations at Pinnacles called Machete ridge. Six pitches of nasty choss, 30 ft runouts above trad gear, and a couple 12a sections thrown in for good measure. Definitely gained some testicular fortitude after that one. Also just got back from a nice but lesser known sport crag in Sonora, near Yosemite.  Why am I telling you all this? Because the skills I absorbed from climbing with you were put to use in each of these situations and made them that much more efficient/safe/fun. I also just wanted to brag about how much fun I've been having.  Anyway, it would be rad to climb with you again!

May your fingers remain flapper - free.




I just wanted to thank you and Jonathon for your help with
rock climbing. Lauren and I had such an amazing time yesterday.
Jonathon was so knowledgeable, patient, funny, and kind. Plus he always caught us when we fell!  I had never climbed before and he made the
experience fantastic. I can't wait to go again, and I know we will
definitely recommend you to all all of our friends. Thanks again!

Jesse -------


Hi guys,

Suzie and I were re-hashing our climbing day when we saw each other at work today and, of course, started giggling. We all had such a great time! Hopefully we weren't too obnoxious! We did end up going to Papandrea's in Sisters, very good for post-climbing thanks for the recommendation! I'll definitely be spreading the word about Smith Rock Climbing Guides!

Take Care!





Just wanted to send you a short note to say thank you, our day with Jonathan was an exceptional introduction to the world of climbing that we thoroughly enjoyed! Everything from start to finish was perfect - well done and special compliments to Jonathan.

Christian & Lisa



I had an awesome time learning to climb last weekend and I can’t wait to climb again! Cameron was an excellent instructor and I have read Smith Rock Select and am going to use the climbing wall at the gym in place of a swim workout. I am also buying climbing shoes.

I will be back in April and will be contacting Smith Rock Climbing Guides again.


Deborah ----


I wanted to say thank you for an excellent trip.  It was one of my best hiking and rock climbing trips thus far.  I definitely loved climbing at Smith Rock, and Brian was a great climbing guide.  I'll definitely be planning another climbing trip to Smith Rock soon to try a few more challenging routes, as well as further enhance my climbing knowledge.

Thanks again and take care!
Iris E.



To the owner of Smith Rock Climbing Guides: 

I just wanted to file a "trip report" for my half-day guided climb on Monday, 23 June with your guide Dave McRae.  Fist of all, let me say that the experience totally exceeded my expectations for a fun and rewarding day at Smith Rock.

As a 54 year old out of shape, occasional gym climbing gumby I was more than a little apprehensive about taking on this famous and spectacular site for my first serious "real rock" experience.  Nonetheless I was totally stoked to get a chance to climb at such an amazing place and Dave did a marvelous job of making the day fun, informative, and safe.   He quickly assessed my skill level and was able to suggest climbs that were challenging but achievable.  He took me to some magnificent places in the park I would never have gotten to on my own.  He was also knowledgeable about the geology and the history of the area.  I really enjoy that sort of background information because it makes the place real rather than just a pile o'rocks to climb.

Dave was meticulous about safety and continually worked to minimize subjective risks without being fanatical about it.  I always felt very safe under his care but not coddled or overprotected.  He was also willing to do ad-hoc training when I had some questions about transitions and rope management technique.  Dave is a skillful trainer and was very efficient at transferring knowledge on the fly.  All in all, Dave's "people skills" combined with his obvious skill and love of climbing and his knowledge of the area made him a great companion and a wonderful guide on this adventure. 

I would not hesitate to recommend Smith Rock Climbing Guides in general, and Dave McRae in particular to anyone who wanted to climb at Smith Rock.  Thanks for showing me a great time and giving me a memory I will treasure.

Thanks again,

Ted ----


Thanks for another great day of climbing!!  We had a fantastic time and Jonathon was awesome (very patient and encouraging).  I can't wait to come back and do it again!


I had a WONDERFUL time climbing last week!  I'm back in Virginia now and missing the glorious weather and adventures of Oregon.  Taylor was the perfect guide and provided an experience of a lifetime.  I can't wait to get on more rocks!  Just wanted to thank you, Taylor and the company.  I believe Taylor has my e-mail to send some pictures of our trip, would be most grateful for those.  Hope you all have an enjoyable summer and thanks again.


I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time. Derrick and Andy were outstanding handling a large group of people including two ten and twelve year olds.  They made our day of climbing a real pleasure.  Thanks so much everyone had a really spectacular experience!!!
 Dave -----

We just came back home from our great climbing trip at Smith Rock. It was fantastic, but definitely too short. It was exactly what my sister and I would have wished to do. My sister said it was even better than she thought it would be. Your guide Brian was really great. He not only found the best climbing places for us (Monday at the monkey face we were the only climbers there!), we felt so secure and had so much fun. He helped us when needed, but also gave us the feeling we can do this. The best guide we ever had.  Also the complete organisation was really good.  We will definitely recommend your climbing school.  When I was looking for climbing places in the USA I found your homepage. First we wanted to climb somewhere not to far away from Connecticut, but when I saw your homepage, I decided I really have to go there. Even if it was a really long way for only few days.  Thank  you again for everything and we will try to come again.
Many regards!