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Haystack Rock was once a tempting target for daredevil climbers


September 5, 2019

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An aerial view of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, as seen from the north.

One could think of late June and early July of 1968 in Cannon Beach as the Summer of the Dead Baby Birds.

On June 28, at the height of the nesting season, a 23-year-old man from Portland had scrambled up the side of Haystack Rock, the iconic intertidal sometimes-island that towers nearly 200 feet over the beach and sea by Cannon Beach, and gotten stuck at the top.

It wasn't common for people to climb the rock, but it wasn't exactly unheard-of either. The problem was, it was a very difficult and dangerous climb, especially on the descent. So, only two kinds of climbers attempted it: Highly...

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