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Climb awesome stuff at Banks Lake

The overall plan: To head out and climb at Banks Lake. Top rope or lead. Beginners, intermediate, advanced, all are welcome whether you've been outdoors before or not, but being able to swim might be useful (although they provide life vests).

In addition to the numerous excellent climbs available by land, we can also paddle out and explore some of the climbing on the islands and the peninsula, such as Bassomatic...

Getting There By Car: 3.5 hours, near Electric City http://goo.gl/maps/Mu5U7

Friday

I’ll be heading up in the afternoon to get the driving out of the way and am booked lakeside at Coulee Playground in Electric City. This should mean a 30 minute cruise to Highway Rock and about 50 minutes to the Peninsula area via motor.

Sunbanks resort is also nearby...

http://bankslakeboatrentals.com/2/pricing.html#pontoonboats

and rents boats with a lot more muscle for water skiing and other pontoon boats for those who fancy going in as a group on the rental and acquiring a very stable belay ground. Payitsquare.com is a good resource to collect everyone's share in advance so no one is stuck with the bill. I used it for the rafting trip and it worked grand.

Saturday

We'll trundle over the lake to visit Peninsula Rock which is awesome.
http://goo.gl/maps/5jm80
There's a bunch of climbs of all levels and we can try and get to the Orange Wall where there's a whole bunch as well as multi pitches such as... Highway (5.6, 5.0, 5.6, 5.8, 5:10-) Heart of Stone (5.7, 5.10, 5.8, 5.8, 5.7) Muddy Waters (5.7, 5.8, 5:10b, 5.8)

Saturday Night

Food, drink, and merriment on the beach. Maybe some jet skiing. Coulee playground has showers, toilets and there are stores on the site and close by so you can pick up food, booze, wood and such.

Sunday

We'll paddle over to the lake side area of Highway Rocks and now that I know where they are, we can also do some of the other water access only crags that are just round the corner in this inlet
http://goo.gl/maps/ZpJbl
There are lots of climbs in the 5.7 to 5:10 range, including a few more multi-pitch options in addition to the routes that start at the water.

For Land Lubbers: There are still tons of climbs accessible by land in the area so come join us for the camping and explore the land while we hit the high seas and we can trade tales over the fire. If you are interested in grabbing a guidebook, this is the one that got me pretty stoked to try this place out...
http://www.amazon.com/Rick-La-Belle-Central-Washington/dp/B000UKNP6Q
And this one covers a bunch of other water access only routes.
http://www.amazon.com/Weekend-Rock-Washington-David-Whitelaw/dp/0898869846

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, out of breath from hiking, or have no reception at all, or be floating in the lake).

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 and cammo trousers.

Stuff to Bring

Essentials: Harness, shoes, water, sunblock. Helmets are recommended.

Would be handy if you have them: Rope, quickdrawers, ATC/grigri, personal anchor, cams, chalk, anchors, slings and such.

Camping: Tent, food, firewood, sleeping bag.

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  • Bruce M.

    A brilliant trip that commenced with a truly magnificent sunset on Friday. The pontoons (we found some hobo sleeping under a tree in the campground and got him to pilot one in exchange for pizza) made great time and groups hit Ultima Thule (with a new route), climbed all over Novitiate Wall and finally discovered Post Modern with rock akin to Joshua Tree but with a perfect array of features, cracks, flakes, jugs and ‘multipitch’ options. After a night of campfire frolics, laser shows, and seaweed impersonations some popped back to Post Modern to finish off a few ‘must dos’ and then we went to occupy the lakeside of Highway and to explore Tent and Awning for some ‘straight from the boat’ climbs. One pontoon also found a great spot for climbing up and diving into the lake. Thanks to everyone who came and made a single weekend feel as relaxing as a full week of vacation. Eagerly looking forward to next time where we’ll implement the plan to sail over and camp on that spectacular beach.

    4 · June 16, 2014

    • dre

      Nice, sound like a great trip to an amazing destination. gotta hit the epic orange walls sometime!

      1 · June 16, 2014

  • Andrea Z.

    I had such a great time and will definitely be making it back there soon! Thanks so much to all who were involved in organizing :P

    See you guys around! Hopefully very soon!

    June 16, 2014

  • John C.

    I had such a great time! The boats were awesome and camping was so nice. Thanks Bruce for organizing, Max for putting his reputation on the line to be the responsible party for the boat our group used (I hope that salsa isn't permanent), and Chad and Julia for bringing their nice cameras and taking some great photos of everyone! Can't wait for the next meetup!!

    June 16, 2014

  • shilpa M.

    Amazing Amazing location and a great meetup. Thanks to Bruce & Stephen for organizing the boats & camping. It was great meeting everyone.

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Raquel

    A special thanks to Bruce for organizing as well as Stephen and Max for taking care of reserving the boats. It was really nice to see familiar faces and meet new people as well. It was a grand weekend!!! Thanks to all. :)

    2 · June 16, 2014

  • Erin H

    I had a great time with you all -- meeting new people and hanging out with old friends. Such a fun group and a beautiful location. Can't wait to do it again!

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Chad

    Another awesome trip with this group. As always, thanks to Bruce for making this happen and for being swell enough to maintain a following.

    3 · June 15, 2014

  • Nicolas

    I'm running late... I'll be there al little before 10. Really sorry for that :/

    June 14, 2014

  • Chad

    Excited to meet everyone soon! I'll be the person pulling into the camp ground at 11:30 tonight. :)

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Julia T.

    Excited to meet everyone soon! I'll be the person pulling into the camp ground at 10p tonight. :)

    June 13, 2014

  • Andrea Z.

    just rsvpd today. this event sounds awesome! lead 5.10 sport outside comfortably, got all the sport climbing equipment, though no book :). am down to get a carpool going (I just replied to Lisa on a thread lower down

    June 9, 2014

    • Andrea Z.

      I am but my car might be full and we haven't set a definitive time to come back yet. I think Lisa wants I leave at noon, happy to take you back if there's an open seat.

      June 12, 2014

    • Andrea Z.

      hey, did you want a ride there as well? would you PM me your number and we can discuss via txt :)

      June 13, 2014

  • Becca

    I'm in for Saturday. Plan to go up Friday evening and have to leave Sunday morning by 8am. If anyone needs a ride that fits into that schedule let me know.

    May 13, 2014

    • Becca

      No worries.

      June 5, 2014

    • Becca

      I'm leaving later Sunday after all. I'm going up with a kayak and probably camping out near peninsula rock with another person. It'll probably still be late morning/early afternoon when we leave, but I don't know for sure and it may be hard to coordinate since we'll be away from the group. We may still be able to work it out, but since I'm not sure about stuff yet, it would probably be best if you find someone else.

      June 13, 2014

  • Lauren

    Is there still room on a pontoon? The campground?

    June 7, 2014

    • Michele L.

      I would definitely take a spot on a boat if there's any left! Let me know, else I'll call them tomorrow to see about getting another one in case there's enough demand...

      June 12, 2014

    • Stephen Y.

      I believe there are two spots on mine and one on Bruce's open so that should account for all 3 spots.

      June 13, 2014

  • Kevin K.

    Anyone leaving Saturday?

    June 10, 2014

    • Nicolas

      sure

      June 11, 2014

    • Kevin K.

      Okay. I'm in. Please send me a text. 2062718157. Thanks!

      June 12, 2014

  • Stephen Y.

    Hi all, especially people who just joined the meetup recently like Molly, first - welcome! Secondly, I've made a handy dandy guide to the known boats and spots accounted for so you can hitch a ride accordingly. Bruce's boat status: 4 person full
    Bruce
    Erin
    Raquel
    Sharvil

    Stephen's boat status: 10 person
    Stephen
    Shilpa
    Shilpa's +1 (sorry no name provided :)
    Chad
    Ada
    Nicolas
    Lisa
    Ying
    (For Sale)
    (Sign up now!)

    Max's boat: 10 person
    Max
    Ethan
    John
    Hailey
    Brian
    Ben
    (Empty) - you will have to do your own advertising Max - I'm not creative enough :)
    (Empty)
    (Empty)
    (Empty)

    cgalitsky canoe: full

    1 · June 5, 2014

    • Michele L.

      Hi all, this is my first meetup; I'm jumping in with little planning, it sounds like all all the boats might be full at this point? Is it worth looking into another boat at this point? Will there be other land-only climbers if I don't?

      June 11, 2014

    • Bruce M.

      Highway Rock close by has a bunch of land access and there's some other local crags about 30 minutes away that are bolted sport columns (in the photos they look very Tieton/Vantage-esque).

      June 12, 2014

  • Lisa

    Hi all. I'm looking for a car pool, leaving Seattle around 5:30 on Friday, and heading back around noon/1 on Sunday. If that timing sounds good message me!

    June 8, 2014

    • Lisa

      Awesome, and agreed, car camping gear takes up much more space. Ethan and Andrea, do you want to go out there together? Are you ok taking the 90/it looks the fastest!

      June 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm not sure but probably so. It'll be max and I pooling down and he'll have plenty of space. We'll be leaving right around 5:30ish on Friday, coming back Sunday if you still need a ride. Number is[masked] if you want to try to text for further coordination!

      June 11, 2014

  • Nicolas

    I'll go there on Friday afternoon around 4. I have room for 3-4 people. Let me know if you want to carpool!

    May 14, 2014

    • Nicolas

      Hi Devi, Actually I can't go there on Friday evening. I'll leave on Saturday morning early. If you are up for, we can carpool, but I'll leave really early :)

      June 10, 2014

    • Nicolas

      Cool, My phone number is[masked]-5552. Send me a text and then, we'll arrange everything

      June 11, 2014

  • Brian U.

    I'm planning on leaving Friday around 4PM and heading back afternoon Sunday if anyone wants a ride/has room for me, let me know!

    June 10, 2014

  • Lauren

    Is anyone planning on climbing at the driveable/land access locations as the pontoons are full?

    June 10, 2014

    • Julie A.

      I am planning on climbing road access stuff on the second day. I have an inflatable kayak that you, me, and my dog might fit into we could try.

      June 10, 2014

    • Andrea Z.

      I will probably e climbing just land access stuff. I figure for my first time out and such last minute planning on my end that this would be the easiest!

      June 10, 2014

  • John C.

    Available Carpool Seats:
    I have 2-3 (#3 is the middle seat) open seats in my car and anyone who needs a ride is welcome. I have plenty of room for people and gear.
    I'm leaving Saturday morning and targeting arrival in Electric City by 9AM. I'll need to leave the Lake by 2 or 3 Sunday so I can be back in town by 6 or so.

    June 10, 2014

  • John C.

    Is anyone bringing their dog and if so what do you plan to do with them when we go out in the boats?

    June 9, 2014

    • Julie A.

      I am bringing my dog. I will be paddling my inflatable kayak on the first day and putting her in my boat. Bruce said for me to kayak to the climbing spot on the first day will be shorter then the pontoons. On the second day I will probably climb road access stuff. If you have a life jacket for your dog you should be able to take them on the pontoon. I hope this helps.

      June 10, 2014

    • John C.

      Thanks Julie - very helpful, especially the life jacket bit! I'm going to offer up the spare seats in my car to humans first but if they remain empty I'll bring my dog too.

      June 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Y'all! I'm new to the meetup but just noticed this awesome event. Is there any space on any boat? I'd be happy to join a pontoon or canoe, or if anyone wants to just climb on land, that's be cool too. I've got a rope, 12 draws, climbing washington guidebook, and can lead sport routes probably up to 5.10b/c (a bit out of shape currently). I've also got a car, or if someone has space in a current car pool, would love to hop on board. Let me know! Hoping to meet you all soon!

    June 5, 2014

  • Bruce M.

    I think Sharvil is travelling with Paul, so could you chuck him a spot on a pontoon as well

    June 5, 2014

    • Bruce M.

      Sharvil's coming up with Paul, and I only had one spot left after Raquel and Erin so Sharvil asked for it, and Paul's going via pontoon.

      June 5, 2014

    • Stephen Y.

      Sounds good there will be room for Paul on the pontoon :)

      June 6, 2014

  • Lauren

    Hey all! Is there a limit on people for this event? I don't know any of you but I kind of want to reach out as I'm looking for new climbing adventurers! I have a lot of sport and trad climbing experiences as a climber and cleaner and belayer, but not a big leader yet (if ever ;) I'd love to join in but not able to commit fully yet. Working on it!

    June 2, 2014

  • Julie A.

    Being new in town, I would love to. Need to know if I can bring my lab Dixie? I don't have a dog sitter. She is a well behaved registered service animal. I have all the gear including an inflatable kayak.

    May 17, 2014

    • Bruce M.

      Dogs are more than welcome. At Peninsula Rock we'll be parking the fleet on the beach and walking over to the walls (10-15 minutes) so the location is very dog friendly.

      May 20, 2014

    • Bruce M.

      Plus Dixie is awesome, tons of fun, and a great morning workout https://www.youtube.co...­

      1 · June 2, 2014

  • Bruce M.

    Has anyone else booked a boat? I have four spaces (all spoken for), and Stephen can accommodate ten with his party barge. We might need someone else to volunteer for captain duty.

    May 27, 2014

    • Chad

      I tried reserving a boat, but they were all booked. I didn't look into pontoon options, as I didn't anticipate us having enough attendance to fill 2 pontoons and a boat. Should I check to see if they have any helicopters for rent?
      -Chad

      May 27, 2014

    • Bruce M.

      You might want to see if Sunbanks has another pontoon as currently it looks like we have enough people to more than fill another one.

      May 28, 2014

  • Ada A.

    Hey Steve, heard you have some room on your boat. Mind if I snag a spot?

    May 13, 2014

    • Stephen Y.

      We are driving to Coulee Playground and camping overnight and then probably starting in the morning around 8 or 9 or whenever Bruce crawls out of bed.

      May 27, 2014

    • Bruce M.

      This is true. While camping I don't have my usual alarm clock of obnoxious cats batting me in the face and demanding food.

      May 27, 2014

  • Eivind N.

    You can put me on a wait list (or something). I am interested, but a maybe at this point. Or meet you guys some time during Saturday. June 14-29 is supposed to be my taper weeks for IM CdA and I would love to get some climbing in.. Keep me informed on this trip please.

    May 15, 2014

  • Jim B.

    Arrgh! I so wanted to go on this trip this year, but will be moving my daughter out of her dorm for the summer. Rats!

    May 14, 2014

  • dre

    Bruce you scheduled this during my world cup match, ya basta. Next time my friend. GOOOOAAAAL

    May 13, 2014

    • Bruce M.

      I'll channel my inner footie hooligan in your honour. With the hosts as favourites to win, if they get knocked out they'll probably burn the stadium to the ground. World Cup'll have to be played on the local beach :)

      May 13, 2014

  • cgalitsky

    i have a canoe. is that helpful? I don't actually have a car rack at the moment...so...well...this sounds fun though!

    May 13, 2014

    • Bruce M.

      There's a boat launch by Steamboat Rock http://goo.gl/maps/80...­ and apparently it's a 30 minute paddle over to Peninsula Rock where we'll be on day 1, and just round the corner from Highway where we'll be day 2.

      1 · May 13, 2014

  • Bruce M.

    My boat is full, but Captain Stephen Yu has a pontoon with a number of spots available.

    May 13, 2014

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