Smith Rock Climbing Elopement: A Multi-Pitch Climbing Adventure in Central Oregon
I’m currently sitting in my favorite sweatpants, drinking a latte that Drew made for me on our little espresso machine, and I’m asking myself, “How do I even begin to tell the story of Brenna and Zach’s epic climbing elopement in Smith Rock State Park?”
Meet the Couple Eloping at Smith Rock
Now, if you’re reading this and you have no idea who Brenna and Zach are, pause and rewind back to read about their sunset session at Smith Rock the night before their wedding day. Then, come back and finish reading about their climbing elopement wedding day!
Did you read their story? Did you see Rowan, their Instafamous retriever? Did you see the detail shot of their wedding bands that Zach made himself with the high desert terrain peeking through in the background? Love it! Now that we’re all on the same page about how incredibly epic Brenna and Zach are, we can dive into the story of their climbing elopement.
Monkey Face was the first multi-pitch climb that Brenna and Zach did together. Because their love story developed through rock climbing, it just made sense to get married where it all began.
What is Multi-pitch Climbing?
Now, you know that Drew and I have dabbled in rock climbing, but we are still learning about the intricacies of this sport. So, you’re not alone if you’re ready through this story about a rock climbing elopement and have no idea what a multi-pitch climb is! Basically, a multi-pitch climbing route is one that is split into two or more pitches. A pitch is the section of the climbing route between two belay points. And, finally, belaying is a variety of ways climbers can exert tension on a climbing rope to protect the climber from falling a far distance. You feeling like a professional climber? Yeah, me either, lol.
Brenna and Zach’s wedding day began at sunrise as we hiked to the base of Monkey Face. They had all of their wedding attire in their Patagonia and Black Diamond climbing packs. My second shooters, Nate and Megan of Cedar & Pines (who are absolutely amazing; go follow them!), did the multi-pitch climb alongside Brenna, Zach and their officiant. I was on an overlook that was about 50 feet away from the top of Monkey Face in Smith Rock State Park with all of their family. Megan were up close to get the detail shots of their multi-pitch climb, while I was able to get the wider, full moments back from the overlook.
Once they climbed up to the top of Monkey Face, Brenna and Zach pulled out their wedding attire, got ready, and their ceremony began! Because the overlook was so close, their family was able to watch the elopement happen and even hear them say, “I do!” After the knot was tied, the newlyweds rappelled 200 feet from the top of Monkey Face to the high desert floor, wedding attire and all! How epic is that?
Once everyone’s feet were back on the ground of Smith Rock State Park, we hiked out of the park with all of their gear, with signs that read, “Just married.”
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Between the Pine is an adventure elopement and wedding photography brand created by Mollie Adams. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Mollie travels with her camera in hand to document “I dos” in epic landscapes including Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.