China Hat Caving and Smith Rock Climbing Expedition

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Adventures in Central Oregon with the Outdoor Program

The sun was setting in dramatic fashion over the Oregon desert, and the clouds that had been hung up on the Cascades to the West had dislodged themselves and were threatening rain.  Half of our group had rappelled into the collapsed lava tube while the rest stood at the edge looking down.  None of us at the bottom had yet started exploring the pitch black cave that was our only way out of the sink hole.  We were in the middle of one of many of the adventures of a truly great weekend.  Impressive snow during the bus ride over the pass, pulled pork tacos next to a wood stove, and an abandoned, yet sunny Smith Rock State Park provided plenty of other memorable experiences.  Everyone in the group pushed themselves in many ways, and hopefully returned to Portland a little more adventurous.  Please enjoy some photos from our trip.