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Climbing at Vantage

A return to Frenchmen Coulee to start the season, enjoy the excellent climbing and take in the amazing views.


The Climbing: The 5.6 to 5.10 range is roughly what we'll be aiming at (there's plenty of diversity there for everyone's skill level). Top rope or lead. Beginners, intermediate, advanced, all are welcome whether you've been outdoors before or not.

Saturday

The Plan: We'll be getting there around 10am and will play at the Feathers for a bit to give everyone time to get there and get reacquainted with outdoor climbing. If all is going well, a trip to Sunshine Wall might be in order. (Be advised, you need a Discover Pass in order to park at Vantage).

http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/United_States/Washington/Central_Washington/Frenchman_Coulee_AKA_Vantage/The_Feathers/

The Evening: Campfires, cooking, chilling, conversing.

Sunday

The Plan: For the early risers, a warm up at the Feathers if you fancy it, and then a hike to Sunshine Wall or maybe Riverview Columns where we'll spend the rest of the day.

http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/United_States/Washington/Central_Washington/Frenchman_Coulee_AKA_Vantage/Sunshine_Wall_Area/

Communications

I'll email all the rsvp-ers nearer the date and we can trade numbers to ensure late arrivals or lostee's (it happens) can locate us or catch up or get directions (if I don't reply immediately give it a little while, I might be climbing, belaying someone, or just out of breath from hiking)

Basically when you see the champagne colored Toyota Corola with the 'LA County Coroner' sticker you're in the right place. At the crags look for the 'Union Jack' painted climbing helmet.

Stuff to Bring

Essentials: Harness, shoes, water, sunblock.

Would be handy if you have them: Rope, helmet, quickdrawers, ATC, chalk.

Camping: Tent, food, firewood, sleeping bag.

 

 

Final Note: People inevitably take pictures and it is awesome to do so, but just in case....

- No pictures: If you are adverse to or just don't like your picture being taken please let us know so that should we see someone taking your picture we can promptly ask them not to. Also, feel free to ask those with a lens pointed at you to stop should that be your preference. We're all here to have fun, and if that's going to encroach on that don't hesitate to let members know.

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  • Erin H

    I had a blast -- what a great way to kick off my outdoor season! Thanks to Bruce for organizing and to everyone for being such a fun group to spend a weekend with. Oh, and to Chad for feeding me chocolate muffins. NOM.

    April 22, 2013

    • Tuna

      For those of you who may happen upon this comment. Tame your drooling excitement for chocolate muffin handouts through future events. "I ain't got nuttin' fo ya man!" Erin is special.

      April 22, 2013

    • Erin H

      Yes! No false advertising here... This was a one-off chocolatey piece of luck on my part. (Thanks again Chad!)

      April 22, 2013

  • Tuna

    As always... Great time, great people! Looking forward to some more fine grain igneous love making this coming weekend.

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Curtis

    Great weekend, my son had a blast. Thanks to everyone for being so accommodating with my son. Looking forward to the next trip, sans child. :-)

    April 22, 2013

  • will

    Good to see/meet climb-gang again - great 'warm-up' for upcoming climb-season - tip next time!

    April 22, 2013

  • Will

    Awesome weekend was awesome. Great seeing all of you folks. See you guys at Tieton, hopefully. Going to do my best to get out there.

    April 21, 2013

  • Chris M.

    great outing!

    April 21, 2013

  • Bruce M.

    A most excellent weekend. A bit windy the first day (made holding onto a route much more of a challenge), but perfect weather on Sunday. Did my first lead on Sunshine, found a new route, and explored Agathla Tower. Great company, grand climbing

    April 21, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      Hope to see you all again at Tieton for more climbing nonsense and cheer (must remember the 'climbers hand healing balm' because yowch I'm feeling that razor edged rock (and the knees as well, but that was from running around camp playing with dogs all evening). Here's to Dog 'X' and Starsi, long may they frisk

      April 21, 2013

  • Corey

    My first time at vantage will be one I always remember! The wind was a rare challenge, but an early start on Sunday meant we had first choice on sunshine wall. We stayed all day, up until the storm rolled in. All in all, perfect way to start the season.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Sure is beautiful here Still looking for you all... Probably walked by several times..

    April 21, 2013

    • Tuna

      A couple of us are still at camp in the bowl just south of the feathers. We have the maroon Toyota pickup with the wooden domed canopy.

      April 21, 2013

    • Tuna

      [masked] if you need.

      April 21, 2013

  • Cynthia

    I'm arriving before dark.

    April 20, 2013

  • Curtis

    At the feathers, anyone here?

    April 20, 2013

  • Cynthia

    I'm heading out from Olympia after chores Saturday- around noon-- this will be my first time....
    I don't have an ATV or rope- reading the comments tells me all is good, no formal requirements. Im looking forward to good company, hopefully the chance to get on a rope, and some climbs

    April 20, 2013

  • Jimmy

    I'll leave Saturday be there at ten, couple ropes, gear, dog, stuff to burn
    Be coming out from Enumclaw, got a seat be warned the blazer has been the dog transport for twenty years.
    Would like to know what to look for to park where the people who got there Friday

    April 18, 2013

    • Corey

      Hey Jimmy, I'll be getting there at some point this evening... You can look for my silver forester, the one with wa plates and without any bumper stickers on it.... Though that might not narrow down your search very much....

      April 19, 2013

    • Scott

      Jimmy! Got any books to burn? Ill see you there..

      April 19, 2013

  • Curtis

    We are here

    April 19, 2013

    • Scott

      Hows the weather??

      April 19, 2013

  • Erin H

    Hey all, is anyone heading up there a little later in the morning on Saturday? I'm in West Seattle and would love to leave mid-morning. I already have a ride home on Sunday, so I just need a way up there... And I am perfectly happy to bribe you with gas money and car snacks. :) Let me know, thank you!

    April 18, 2013

    • Ryan W.

      hey Erin. find a ride? I may have a spot if you are interested. the only thing is that I have a truck with a cab so the seat isn't too roomy. let me know if interested. you can call or text. ryan[masked]

      April 19, 2013

  • Zdenek S.

    Hi, would anyone have a free spot to share the ride? I can either leave late Friday or Saturday. I've got all the camping and climbing gear including trad rack. Please let me know, I'll send you my number. Thanks!

    April 18, 2013

    • Diane G.

      I do in fact have a spot for Friday 5 PM departure...email me at [masked] if you'd like to ride with us. We're heading back to Seattle Saturday, return by 8 or 9 PM at latest.

      April 18, 2013

    • Zdenek S.

      Sorry I can't make it at the end, but thanks for replies, see you next time

      April 19, 2013

  • Greg

    I got my dates screwed up and I am skiing Saturday so will be out there Sunday morning. About what time and where do people plan to be climbing? Just a heads up.. They are calling for high winds, 38 mph, the early part of Saturday.

    April 19, 2013

  • KarimG

    I'll be there on Sunday morning with a group of people. See you there!

    April 19, 2013

  • Zach E.

    Gonna get there Sat morning, bringing a rope, camping gear, an extra harness, and room for an extra person (if you don't mind the dog). Also we are looking for people to sport climb with, and maybe teach us a thing or two about cleaning/rapping, as we've only been lead climbing in the gym. Stoked!

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • will

    I'd be happy to either drive if someone still needs a ride, or to kick in for gas if anyone still has room (can be reached via site's email link). Rather than pitch a tent, I'll snooze in my bed tonight and leave about 6AM from S. Everett via 405/I-90. BTW... if anyone's ever calculated approximate RT gas costs (to Vantage and back) from Seattle/Eastside, it may be helpful to come up with a 'recommended' cost per/pax for people to roughly go by(?).

    April 19, 2013

  • Kerri

    Enjoy and stay safe!

    April 19, 2013

  • anya

    I will be there for a week starting sat afternoon....anyone staying ?

    April 19, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hi all! I'm new to the group, fairly new to rope climbing, totally looking forward to this! Though I'll only be there for Saturday.

    Does anyone have an extra harness I could borrow?

    April 18, 2013

    • Tuna

      Jennifer, I have a few extra harnesses I ell bring with me. I plan to be there Saturday morning. [masked] if we aren't able to connect when we are out there. Phone service is hit & miss, but should work.

      April 18, 2013

    • Jennifer

      awesome thanks! i should be there saturday morning, 10:30-11ish. i will be on the lookout

      April 19, 2013

  • Will

    Driving up saturday morning early now. Camping one night, returning sunday. Anyone want to be my driving buddy? I live in Bellevue but I can pick you up pretty easily.

    April 18, 2013

  • Curtis

    My son and I will either be there Friday night or Saturday morning. I'll bring a 5 gallon water bucket (to share water), stove, rope firewood and climbing gear. Also picked up a Vantage climbing book if anyone is interested. This time we'll be more prepared for the wind. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    Curtis

    April 18, 2013

  • Corey

    I know a few people were thinking of heading up Friday, is that still happening? I was thinking of getting the drive outta the way so I can just wake up and start climbing on saturday, but probably won't make it to vantage till later in the evening on Friday.

    Also, I haven't heard from Amanda, does anyone know her personally? I do want to get a plan together soon, but don't want to leave anyone behind. If she's a no go, then I have two spots open in my car if anyone needs a ride!

    April 17, 2013

    • Corey

      That's what I like to hear!! See you there! I've never been to Vantage, so I may get a little lost, but I'm assuming the camping area isn't that big? I just want to make sure I find the right group, especially if we're pulling up after dark.....

      April 17, 2013

  • Mandy

    :(

    April 17, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Looking forward to the trip! Anyone with an extra carpool spot? Or others still needing a ride, in which case i could bring a vehicle? I'm going Sat morning. Leaving from Fremont area, but could meet or pick up somewhere reasonably along the way.

    April 16, 2013

    • Chris M.

      I'll be driving, and have a couple of seats. If anyone wants a lift let me know.

      April 16, 2013

  • Megan

    Hell Yeah! Can I Snag A Ride With Someone?

    March 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sonia, you're the best!! Woo!

      March 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ladies, unfortunately I'm not going to be able to go. I'm so sorry to have to reschedule when I offered to drive. I promise I will make it up to you next time.

      April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to go on this one.

    April 15, 2013

  • nicole

    Hello! I'm new to this group. I'm not sure if I'll have any buddies available to tag along for this trip? Anyone needing a partner? I know frenchmans coulee like the back of my hand, can lead sport, has ropes, and gear.

    March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I need a partner, I just moved here Monday!! Fresh off the boat... From Missouri... haha

      April 7, 2013

    • Aleutia

      Nicole, are you still looking for a travel buddy? Feel free to drop me a line if you are, [masked]

      April 15, 2013

  • Aleutia

    Candice and I were going, but she's had a change of plans. Any other girls want to carpool? I'd like to drive out Sat, tent over night and return Sun am. I'm not an avid climber, so I may just go for some solo hiking plus observation/learning. It's a good time of year to go east and get some sun!

    April 15, 2013

  • Corey

    I would love to join! This would be my first vantage trip. I can give a ride if anyone needs it, I'll be leaving from the CD. Woo!

    March 14, 2013

    • Kaiwen

      Corey, I haven't been getting your messages. I could still use a ride. Please message me your number and I'll text you.

      April 7, 2013

    • Corey

      Hi Amanda, I tried again, if it doesn't go through, feel free to send me an email through meetup, or at [masked]. Thanks!

      April 10, 2013

  • Megan

    I'm horrible and choosing Squamish and a hot tub.

    April 9, 2013

  • Wesley F.

    I may go the 13th but have people in town this weekend

    April 9, 2013

  • Will

    Friday night or Saturday morning?

    April 3, 2013

    • Mandy

      Some of us are heading out there Friday night if you want to join us!

      1 · April 3, 2013

    • Will

      We'll be up there friday night!

      April 3, 2013

  • Curtis

    Is this kid friendly? My son climbs and I can also bring some sport gear.

    March 29, 2013

    • Tuna

      Children may find themselves severely out numbered, but are certainly welcome. We all wear clothes while climbing ;)

      2 · March 29, 2013

    • nicole

      The feathers is full of moderates and always see kiddos in that area.

      March 30, 2013

  • Josh R.

    Hi, I just joined the group. My guest may or may not come but I'm excited to come and meet everyone either way! I have all the gear needed for sport climbing.

    March 29, 2013

  • KarimG

    BRuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce lets do it!

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Greg

    I will just do Saturday. Skiing Bean Creek Basin Sunday.

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can anyone give me a ride for the overnight?

    March 12, 2013

  • Tessa

    I'm taking a mountaineering class and will actually be out in Leavenworth that weekend. Rock climbing in mountaineering boots is not my fave....

    March 12, 2013

  • Kerri

    I'm in!

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't think of how many ways to say yes. So i'll just say absolutely. I have a 4 person tent if need be, I just need a ride.

    March 11, 2013

  • Patty

    Maybe! This sounds awesome!

    March 11, 2013

  • Damon

    Oh yeah

    1 · March 11, 2013

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