Smith Rock State Park: The birth place of American sport climbing, Smith Rock offers more than a thousand rock climbing routes, drawing climbers from all over the world. Classic 5.14 routes such as To Bolt or Not to Be and Just Do It attract world class climbers near and far, including Bend's own local crusher, Ryan Palo. In addition to climbing, the park has mountain biking, hiking and running trails where diverse wildlife, including a pair of bald eagles that nest every year in the park, can be enjoyed amid a unique and beautiful landscape.
The Rivers: Running from the Cascade Mountains all the way to the mighty Columbia River in the north, the Deschutes River flows directly through the heart of Central Oregon. Joined by the Crooked and Metolius rivers, the waterways of Central Oregon act as a hub for rafting, kayaking and fly fishing, and they can be enjoyed throughout the year. There is no better refreshment on a hot summer day than to jump into the fresh, chilly waters of the Deschutes.
The city of Bend: What's not to love about Bend, Oregon? Bend is in the center of Oregon, with the snow-capped Cascade Mountains to our west, the tumbling Deschutes River winding through the middle of town, and the juniper forests of the high desert stretching to the east. We're just two hours from Crater Lake National Park to the south and the Columbia River Gorge to the north. Bend is the outdoors recreation capital of the state, offering four seasons of activities such as mountain biking, hiking, camping, trail running, skiing, rock climbing, white water rafting and anything else you can dream up.
Bend is all about playing hard and then unwinding by floating down the river, listening to music in the park and sipping a delicious microbrew. More than 20 microbreweries call Bend home, and there's never a shortage of good places to eat while enjoying a craft beer. You can even combine a ride and a brew tour by taking the Cyclepub around town with a dozen of your friends.
We've been named "America's Best Trail Running Town" by Outside Magazine, "Dog Town USA" by Dog Fancy Magazine (see our dogs), a "Top 3 Most Romantic City" by Livability.com, and "The City You'll Love to Hate" by the Washington Post. What can we say? This is paradise.
Being headquartered in Central Oregon allows us to recruit top outdoor enthusiasts to our team: rock climbers, mountain bikers, skiers and kayakers who are true experts in the gear and apparel that we sell. Meet some of the members of our Customer Service team:
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Our loyal companions join us in every aspect of our adventurous lifestyle, and they come with us to the office, too. It only makes sense that our dogs spend their "rest days" at our feet in the office. Our furry friends bring joy and laughter into our lives every day, and we'd love to share their stories and personalities with the larger Altrec community.
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The Altrec.com website launched in March 1999 with the belief that spending time outside, whether climbing a mountain or taking a quiet hike, helps us to live a healthy, balanced life.
We started out in a tiny office at the corner of 1st and Main in downtown Seattle. We've moved a few times as we grew, but the biggest move was in 2007 to be closer to the outdoors we love, Central Oregon.
How cute were we in 1999? This cute:
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