Climber dies from fall at Smith Rock
A male climber, Alexander J. Reed, 20, of Bend, died from a fall in the area of Misery Ridge, at Smith Rock State Park on April 10.
At approximately 7:50 a.m., the Deschutes County 911 received the call that the man had fallen within Smith Rock State Park. Deschutes County deputies, along with Deschutes County Emergency Medical Services, responded and determined that the male subject was deceased.
Witnesses reported that the subject was alone and had gone up the Misery Ridge Trail. They reported hearing a subject yell and saw the male fall from the top of the Misery Ridge Trail.
The subject was not actively engaged in climbing at the time of the incident, but was equipped with climbing rope, harness, and other gear.
Preliminary investigation shows that it was an accidental fall of approximately 200 feet. Twelve Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers responded to assist in removing the subject due to the difficult terrain.
Deschutes County deputies were assisted by Smith Rock State Park rangers and volunteers, Redmond Fire Department, and Deschutes County Search and Rescue.