Smith Rock in the 1980’s was ground zero for the sport climbing movement. As naturally protected terrain became scarce, the Smith crew started venturing out onto the virgin blank faces that were only climbable via bolt protection. Originally controversial, sport climbing has now been firmly embraced by the global climbing community. Since day one, Metolius embraced this (new) style of climbing and was a key supporter of it. As it turns out, just about everyone enjoys the challenge of sport climbing! Its reliable bolt protection greatly increases safety and allows the climber to focus on the challenge of the movements and unlocking the puzzle of the climb itself! With only a few basic tools (rope, harness, quickdraws, shoes, chalk bag) needed for participation, today’s sport climber has a nearly endless supply of routes to choose from!