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Climb Stuff at Vantage

The Climbing: The 5.7 to 5.11 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). When you see cars, tents and people attached to the ropes, you're there.

A Discover Pass is needed to camp/park here and there's an online .pdf that has a decent summary of some of the areas.
http://www.justgetout.net/ClientFiles/8ecf9e69-8f8f-419d-91d8-10c7ca9cbcbb/VantageGuide-AllEdited-515.pdf

Saturday

The Plan: We'll be getting there around 10am and parking in the second lot (other side of the Feathers. In the guidebook link it's the big green square marked Primitive Camping). We'll pause near the new toilet to wait for stragglers and then head off for Echo Basin.

In addition to Sunshine and the stuff in the guide, there's also ZigZag and Kotick Memorial Wall which aren't listed but have tons of great routes. Depending on numbers we'll spread out over one or more of these areas as desired, there's also Ryder, Fat Man, Skinny Man, Powerhouse and M&M Wall and oodles of others to check out.

The Evening: Campfires, cooking, chilling, conversing (night climbing at the Feathers if you fancy - bring a headlamp if so). Sunday The Plan: For the early risers, a warm up at the Feathers/Agathla Tower/Zigzag if you fancy it and then a hike back to Sunshine, Tomato, Riverview, M&M or anywhere else that looks tempting.

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 (that may be a bit optimistic).

Would be handy if you have them: Rope, quickdrawers, personal anchor, slings, ATC, grigri, 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 probably be a chilly evening), sleeping bag and the ability to stay warm.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great to meet some of you. I'll be at exit 38 all day friday if anyone wants to join. I'll post it as a real event as soon as I figure out how.

    April 30, 2014

  • Neil K.

    A fantastic first outdoor day of the season! It was great to meet & climb with everybody!

    April 27, 2014

  • Bruce M.

    A perfect first day of the season - brilliant weather with sun and a slight breeze to keep it from being sweltering, excellent climbs, and splendid camping. Sunday looked like it was going to be more of the same, but I messed up my shoulder on 'Wild Thing' and headed home. I also didn't realize how massively sunburned I was until I back :)

    April 27, 2014

  • Bruce M.

    Iain, I have your shoes (feels like that should be in some sort of 'clipped from a newspaper' font). I also have someone's cammo sunglasses that were left at Kotick.

    April 27, 2014

  • Iain P.

    I stole somebody's black/white striped anchor, which I cleaned off wild thing. I think I left my shoes (sportiva mythos) at Kotick instead.

    April 26, 2014

    • Cindy

      Those are Lukas...he's still staying overnight at vantage

      And we found your shoes/Bruce's and gave them to someone else in our group to pass to u guys

      April 26, 2014

  • Becca

    If weather holds up, i'm in fit Saturday, but would have to leave by 4:30p to get back to Seattle Saturday evening. I have room in my car if anyone wants a ride.

    April 22, 2014

    • Hanna

      Bring cash for gas. See you at 715. :)

      April 25, 2014

    • Hanna

      Hi Becca, thanks for your kindness with regards to carpooling. Unfortunately, I need to stay in town tomorrow. :( Raquel will still be meeting you at 715 am at the Co-op. Sorry to miss it. Look forward to meeting you next time!

      April 25, 2014

  • Neil K.

    If the weather holds up I'll be driving out for just Saturday with a buddy (his first time outdoor climbing). I have a rope and draws if we need it.

    April 23, 2014

    • Gibbs Y

      Hi Neil, thanks for offering to drive! Turns out a friend is coming to the meetup - I'll probably end up riding with him.

      April 25, 2014

    • Cindy

      Hi misa, I'm carpooling with Neil, thx [masked]

      April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to climbing. My first climbing experience was this March in Joshua Tree. Fell in love with the sport. I need someone who is patient with a beginner, but I will learn fast. I need partners to climb with. Working out at the gym, and bought my equipment. Let me know if I can join you. I am newly retired and available often. Don't want to spend tons of time in a climbing gym. Want to be outdoors. Adventures. :)

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My friend and I will be driving out Friday morning, so see everyone Saturday.

    April 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Are you driving back saturday evening?

      April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I mean, sunday evening? I'm looking to carpool.

      April 25, 2014

  • Erik G.

    Weather looks perfect. I'll be there Sat thru Sun pm. Where ya heading, Bruce et al?

    April 24, 2014

    • Bruce M.

      The Feathers will be swarming no doubt (when ain't it?) but I'm sure Zigzag and Kotick will have room and if Sunshine is covered in people we can head down into Echo Basin and hit the crags down there.

      April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Need a carpool buddy?

      April 25, 2014

  • Candace W.

    Is anyone heading out Friday evening/Saturday morning and heading back Saturday evening who has room in their car? I'd love a ride and will bring gas money :)

    April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sat morning

      April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm also planing to leave sat morning.

      April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I have room for up to 3 more OR I would love to ride with someone - leaving sat morning, coming back sun evening

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I'm driving and may have room for one more. Planning to leave early sat and return late sun

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sat Daytrip carpool partner wanted. I can fit 1-2 people in my Jeep wrangler. Not the most fuel efficient, but it rolls. I'm happy to jump in someone else's car too. I'm meeting some friends out there who are camping, so I may/may not be climbing with meetup, but that's what cell phones are for :-)

    April 25, 2014

  • Bruce M.

    Yikes. 34 mph gusts there at present. This event may be postponed if the weather doesn't stabilize.

    April 22, 2014

    • Megan

      Good call. I learned about that last yr. What a pain. Fingers crossed for clear and calm skies.

      April 25, 2014

  • Andrew M.

    Is there anyone else who is planning on heading back to Seattle on Saturday evening who can give me a ride? I can bring gas money and friendliness. And snacks too.

    April 24, 2014

    • Andrew M.

      Nevermind, found a ride. See you guys there.

      April 24, 2014

  • Lucas

    I plan to drive from Seattle Saturday morning and back Sunday in the early afternoon. Have room in my car if folks want to carpool. I'll bring gear including a rope and draws.

    April 23, 2014

  • Will

    If the weather changes a bit I'll think about it. It was gorgeous sunday but we had a brutal dust storm over saturday night. Looks like everywhere is raining, sadly.

    April 21, 2014

  • Pauline C.

    If anyone is only going on Saturday, I can use the carpool~

    April 21, 2014

  • Elena H.

    Only Saturday?

    April 20, 2014

  • Italeitor

    Sound good

    April 20, 2014

  • Cindy

    Would love to join...gonna wait and see with the weather

    April 20, 2014

  • Bruce M.

    We have a slight chance of rain showers, we'll see if it improves or gets worse http://www.climbingweather.com/Washington/Vantage-Frenchman%27s-Coulee

    April 20, 2014

  • Damon

    Keeping an eye on the weather...

    April 20, 2014

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