Ascent: Climbing Explored

Ascent: Climbing Explored

April 28, 2018 through September 9, 2018

Exclusive Members’ Opening Reception April 27

Explore the dynamic history, evolution and culture of climbing and mountaineering in the West in a new exhibit curated by Museum staff. The exhibit tells how these adventure sports originated as means of scientific exploration and grew into something men and women did for the sheer joy of it, and how technical advances pushed the sports to new heights. Hands-on interactive activities for kids include a climbing wall inside the exhibit and an opportunity to handle climbing gear. The geology of the High Desert that draws climbers to the region will be explored and art representing the beauty of climbing destinations will be displayed.

Bend Rock Gym members and valid punch card holders and one guest receive 20% off Museum admission during the run of the exhibit. Must show cards and I.D. High Desert Museum members receive a free gear rental during the run of the exhibit at the Bend Rock Gym by showing an HDM membership card.

Made possible by

With support from Bend Magazine, Bend Rock Gym, Century Insurance Group, Chubb, EntriPrises Climbing Walls, Lonza (Formerly Bend Research) and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation

Photo at top: Climbing Lava Butte c. 1910, courtesy of the Deschutes Historical Museum