Acting on instinct

Acting on instinct

When Dakota Nidalmia is climbing a rock wall, he doesn't think about how to do it, he says. He operates solely on instinct.

The Ashland High School junior's instincts have served him well, landing him a spot in the national championship in "bouldering" — climbing rocks with no rope nor harness.

With amazing confidence, the 17-year-old crawls around a near-vertical overhang during a recent workout at Rogue Rock Gym in Medford, his hands, knees and feet penetrating tiny....

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Magical Rocks

Magical Rocks

For decades, Smith Rock has been considered a climbing mecca. It's a favorite among world-class climbers and is where modern sport climbing originated. Oregon climbers should not take for granted that such a significant place is only 30 minutes outside of Bend — less than a four-hour drive from the Rogue Valley.
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