Psalm 61:1-2
“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;
From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

It is with the heaviest hearts that we remember Alex Reed who was killed in a climbing accident in Bend, Oregon on April 10th.

Camp background: Alex was third generation camp alumni.  Scott, Gwen, (Alex’s parents) and Leana (Alex’s sister) Reed relocated to Epping, NH last summer. The Reeds left Idaho, which had been their home for over 10 years, to be closer to Scott’s parents, Bud and Midge Reed. “Uncle Bud” and “Aunt Midge” worked at camp in the 80s and 90s and their kids, Scott and Dawn, went through the camper and LDP programs, and also served on staff. In 2012, Alex came to Brookwoods for the first time. Alex wanted to come back to camp, so in 2013, Scott and Gwen worked on staff and Alex and Leana were campers. Alex completed the LDP program in 2015 (Alex is wearing his Allagash rock in this climbing picture) and Leana will be a 1st year LDP this summer.

After graduating from high school Alex moved to Bend, OR without knowing a soul. He quickly became part of the Central Oregon climbing community. When Alex wasn’t in the gym teaching climbing, he was in the great outdoors climbing. The Bend Rock Gym had become his home away from home. We are beyond grateful for the love and support that the climbing community has shown the Reeds; they have showered them with the same deep love and care that they have for Alex. Please visit Bend Rock Gym Facebook page to read how Alex’s life impacted this community.

The Reed’s hope and prayer is that the memory of Alex will encourage all of us to serve our communities more passionately, love others more boldly, and live our lives more courageously.

In lieu of flowers, the Reed Family has set up a Memorial LDP Scholarship in Alex’s memory. You can make a gift through this link.

If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch with the Reeds, please email