Climbing @ Vantage

Hi all,
I had a blast climbing with the group a few times last year and this year I'm going on vacation and plan on doing some climbing and want to get a few days under my belt outside this year before taking off. Where better to get some climbing in than the first place I climbing in Washington, Vantage! Hopefully it'll be warm enough over there but we'll see for sure closer to the date.

I'll be heading over Friday night after work and camp Friday and Saturday night. We'll shoot for the second larger campsite after you get off the highway. You do need a Discover Pass to park there but on the bright side there are no camping fees otherwise. No the not so bright side there are also no toilets, sometimes there is a very well used honey bucket to be used at your own risk but I wouldn't plan on it being there.  Otherwise this is a great place to drive in, car camp and a very short approach later you're climbing.

This description I copied from another trip there:
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. Come for the whole weekend or just for one of the days. Getting there: Take I-90, jump off at Exit 143. Take the first left onto Silica Rd SW and then it's the first left onto Vantage Road (there's a home and a bunch of trees on the corner).


Friday

The Plan: 

Get there afterwork if you don't want to have to drive out the next morning, setup camp and get to know people over a few beers and a bonfire.


Saturday 

The Plan: 

Start climbing after the rock has warmed up a bit on Feathers. 

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

The Evening: 

Campfires, cooking, chilling, conversing (night climbing at the Feathers if you fancy, bring a headlamp if so). 


Sunday 

The Plan: Sunshine Wall/Zip-Zag and exploring what else is there. 

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) 


Stuff to Bring:
Essentials: Harness, shoes, water, sunblock. 

Would be handy if you have them: 

Rope, quickdrawers, personal anchor, slings, ATC, chalk, anchors. Helmets, while not essential are highly recommended due to the steady drizzle of pebbles, chunks, and lumps that tend to descend from above. 

Camping: Tent, food, FIREWOOD (it’ll be a chilly evening), sleeping bag and the ability to stay warm.

I drive a gray 2 door car with 2 bike racks on the roof and will be in a green MSR tent. Let’s try to meet up Friday night or Saturday morning before climbing at 10ish. If you are coming later I will have a black and white Mountain Hardware backpack, blue rope and red & silver quickdraws.

See everybody there :)

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  • Wesley Furste

    Awesome weekend everybody! Glad I was able to climb with so many of you. Next time we'll try and figure out a better way to make connections

    March 17

  • Ibrahim Abdul Rahim

    I had a great time! So very inspired to become better at leading and learn cleaning so that I can pass the gift of being there for new climbers forward to the next person

    March 16

  • Cindy

    Thx for setting this up Wes. I had a blast. Sorry we missed connecting with fellow members. Next time!

    March 16

  • John Meyers

    Sorry I missed you guys at vantage. Ended up finding a very experienced climber that was patient and willing to pass along his wisdom. Hope everyone had a good time.

    March 16

  • Tom

    Great climbing everyone! If you get this message in time, a few of us are grabbing beers and fried foods at The Duchess at 8pm. I'll definitely be there till 9 and longer if more people show up. Its in Ravenna at 55th St and 29th Ave NE. If you aren't back yet, the pass is getting snow so drive carefully! See you tonight!

    1 · March 16

  • Am_anda

    Had such a great time yesterday! Thanks for organizing and setting it up, even if I never met you! Was with a great group and looking forward to more outings.

    1 · March 16

  • Iain Peet

    I have somebody's black smartwool hoodie.

    March 15

  • jessica pipkin

    Just got here.. lots of people.. where is the group? [masked]

    March 15

  • Cindy

    HI, I'm here in Vantage with Alex and Brock. [masked]
    We're gonna set up tents now

    March 15

  • Alex

    Going for Saturday only. I have a place in my car. If anybody needs a ride, let me know.

    March 14

    • Alex

      I am going from Redmond at 7:30. Give me caaacallaaacaaacallaacaa­acallacaaacalla caa

      March 14

    • Alex

      Sorry, this tablet is stupid. I'm starting from Redmond at 7:30. Give me a call at 7 on [masked].

      March 14

  • John Meyers

    So I might be a little early friday, im in a silver outback with a kayake rack and a grey rie half dome tent. Please say 'hi' if you see me.

    March 14

  • Apoorv Bisht

    Anyone wants to go Saturday only? leave early, get to Seattle late. I have only recently started leading, so if you are comfortable with that hit me up.

    March 14

    • Misa

      I could use a ride! When and where? Misa

      March 14

  • Lakshmi K

    I'm planning to come Sunday. Hope that is okay.

    March 14

  • Doug Luce

    Still got a couple seats for going over Friday night...

    March 14

  • Brock

    If anyone still needs a ride I have 3 seats open. Leaving early Saturday, returning Sunday evening.

    March 13

    • Alex McKee

      Can I get a ride too? Can meet you at the same park and ride. Ill message you my #

      March 14

    • Brock

      Yes. I'll text you the details after I get your number.

      March 14

  • Wesley Furste

    Hi All,
    I’m excited to see so many people eager to get outside and climb this weekend! I’ll be leaving my place around 5/530 and probably get to the campground by 8ish. No time is too late if you’re thinking of coming out tonight. It’s always a bunch of fun to get to know people over a beer and around a bonfire the night before so join whenever. Cell phone signal is spotty as best, at least that was the case last year. My phone number is [masked] if you have any problems finding us try texting me.
    Like I said in the original posting I’ll be crashing in a green MSR tent and my roommate in a red tent at the campsite with the bathrooms. Change of plans on the car situation though I’ll be in a silver Toyota SUV. If we can find each other tonight great, otherwise see everybody tomorrow AM & remember your Discover pass!

    Wes

    1 · March 14

  • Doug Luce

    I've got 3 seats open for a ride leaving Friday 6pm(ish). Will be leaving from near Pike Place (Western&Blanchard) and making one food stop on the way.

    March 14

  • Am_anda

    Are any women willing or wanting to share a tent? I have a 3 person tent and wouldn't mind sharing. Be warmer too.

    March 13

  • Misa

    Sounds like fun, might like to potentially join, but can only come for Saturday and would need a ride....

    March 13

  • cgalitsky

    if anyone wants to go up for sunday only, let me know via email (below). i've got a car but woudl prefer not to drive up alone. i'm an experienced climber (7 1/2 years) but climbed a lot with my partner who just split. So i need new partners now. -christie cgalitsky at yahoo

    March 13

  • Doug Luce

    Looking for a ride, anyone with an empty seat?

    March 13

    • Brock

      I'm leaving around 6 am on Saturday and coming back Sunday evening. If that works for you then just shoot me your address and I'll pick you up on my way through Mercer.

      March 13

  • Don McMaster

    I'll probably leave friday night if anyone needs a ride.

    March 10

    • Don McMaster

      I have space for 2. Was going to try to stay later but who knows about the weather.

      March 10

    • Cindy

      Hi don. Is your car full? I'm riding up with my friend but she needs to be back in Seattle, sat night...

      March 12

  • Tom

    Does anyone know if REI sells Discover passes? Anyone still looking for a ride? I have room for one (potentially two, if packing light) leaving Saturday alpine start and returning Sunday after dark.

    March 11

    • Wesley Furste

      I picked one up at second ascent but that was in January

      March 12

    • Lukas

      i didn't think people bought the guide book http://www.justgetout...­

      2 · March 12

  • Cindy

    Sorry!! I have a Ride on Friday but need a ride back....

    March 12

    • ty cookson

      Where do you live?

      March 12

    • Cindy

      I will prob park my car by SPU/off Nickerson...
      Otherwise Bryant/Ravenna neighborhood.

      March 12

  • Ibrahim Abdul Rahim

    What's the latest I should get there by on Friday? If I'm too late I'll go Saturday morning.

    March 12

  • jessica pipkin

    Coming from Oak Harbor- 5, 405, 90- I can head out friday night or sat am... would like to carpool a chunk of the way if anyone has a convenient meetup spot?.

    March 12

  • Michael Restivo

    I can bring a 4 person tent, I can meet anywhere. Can I get a ride?

    March 9

    • Michael Restivo

      Irina, i'm up for either, I'm going to be with another friend of mine, we both need a ride but just need to be back in Seattle by 4 on Sunday.

      March 9

    • Irina

      Sorry for the late response. I'll have to go for Saturday only.

      March 12

  • Am_anda

    To save some room for cars, should I leave my rope at home? It seems like we will have plenty right?

    March 11

    • Iain Peet

      I'd say bring it. Ropes don't take up that much space, and having too few ropes is more common than too many.

      March 11

    • Am_anda

      Sounds good, thanks Iain.

      March 12

  • Ibrahim Abdul Rahim

    I've never camped without super prepared friends before. Any tips? I'll have harness, carabiner, belay device, shoes, single tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, stove, dehydrated food, bars, lots of water, sunscreen, sunglasses... What am I missing?

    March 10

    • Wesley Furste

      Beer and firewood! And a discover pass, they're $30/35 can't remember and last 365 days not a calendar year and can by used on 2 cars. I think you can get them at rei and if you forget there's a visitors center near where we're headed that sells them too

      March 11

    • Ibrahim Abdul Rahim

      Thanks! I have a pass and headlamp. I'll get firewood :)

      March 11

  • Am_anda

    Is anyone leaving Saturday morning? I do need a ride please, coming from Ballard. Thank you!

    March 9

    • Mike

      I could swing by and get you, doubt buses are leaving that early. I wanted to hit the road around 6

      March 10

    • Am_anda

      You rock! That is very sweet, thank you! I'll message you my address.

      March 11

  • Cindy

    Can I share someone's stove to heat up water for coffee?
    And maybe to cook food? Not sure what food items to bring for dinner...

    March 11

    • Tom

      I'm sure we'll have plenty of stoves to borrow! Between the nearly 40 people there is going to be an epic amount of gear. Bring whatever you'd like to eat and you think you can cook and clean without too much of a hassle. Canned food and soups are easy. Tons of more gourmet recipes online! Make some for me please!

      March 11

    • Cindy

      Thx tom! I also need a discovery pass too. By chance if I don't make it out Friday...what location are u? Plan B would require carpooling

      March 11

  • Ibrahim Abdul Rahim

    Sounds exciting!

    March 10

  • Mike

    Have rope and sport/trad gear. leaving Saturday morning early coming back after at 2-3 on Sunday. Leaving from beacon hill if anyone needs a ride.

    1 · March 10

    • Michael Restivo

      Can a friend and I get a ride?

      March 10

    • Mike

      Yeah I have 3 seats open so long as everyone's ok with being pretty cozy with the dog.

      March 10

  • Am_anda

    Yay!!

    March 8

  • Benjamin Brinckerhoff

    Assuming the forecast stays good, my wife and I will drive up early Saturday to meet everyone. We'll bring our rope and quickdraws.

    Looking forward to it!

    March 8

  • Cindy

    I would like to join. I am still fairly new to climbing. I have not lead before. I can climb 5.9 in the gym. I need to make sure I have all the gear

    February 22

    • Wesley Furste

      As long as you have a harness and climbing shoes you can shared everything else

      February 24

    • Cindy

      I have that! ;-)
      Another gal is joining too. We may get there during the day Friday. I don't have a stove..can u let me know what food items to bring? I know we need firewood.

      March 8

  • Cindy

    The weather next weekend looks awesome!

    2 · March 8

  • John Meyers

    Just thought you would be interested to know that there was a very nice bathroom built recently by the parking spot for sunshine.

    1 · March 7

  • Eva Schoenleitner

    Hi, I just realized that I don't have access to my tent/sleeping bag/camping stuff yet since they're deep somewhere in storage.
    I do have the climbing gear, rope, and full lead rack/gear though; also a Discover Pass. Let me see whether I can figure out a 1 day climbing trip or find a hotel close-by.

    March 2

    • Wesley Furste

      The camping area is park of the parking area so if you want you could also stay in your car but depending on how small your car is that might not be very comfortable

      March 4

  • Irina

    Hi all, I'm new to the group and really excited to meet everyone. I would second Emily in regards to the weather in March. If it not too cold, I will definitely go and bring rope and quick draws. I can also get a guide book from one of my friends if needed.

    February 28

    • Wesley Furste

      Yeah I'm thinking by mid next week it should be pretty clear what the weather will be like and we'll call it then

      1 · March 2

  • Austin Cobb

    Will there be punch and π? Lol sorry can't go

    March 1

  • Emily

    I'm going to see how the weather looks the day before and then decide. Vantage can be chilly in March!

    February 25

  • Olivia

    I haven't been able to get out and climb outdoors yet and I am new to the sport but I am looking forward to meeting some new people! I am not sure if I will be bringing anyone yet but hoping for at least 1-2 others.

    February 25

  • Eva Schoenleitner

    Will probably bring my husband if that's ok.

    February 18

  • Wesley Furste changed the location from Vantage to Vantage

    February 3

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