Option #1: Shopping
REI Seattle is having their first garage sale in ages. Members only get to queue for an hour or two but then get to pillage all that scratch and dent inventory. So if you want to replenish your gear or seek nearly new stuff for cheap, this is your chance
Option #2: Climb Stuff at Vantage
If however, you are well stocked, not a member, nor interested, or realise that there’s only a few more weeks of climbing outdoors left for this season, join us to return to Vantage.
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).
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. Then a trip to Sunshine Wall. (Be advised, you need a Discover Pass in order to park at Vantage).
The Evening: Campfires, cooking, chilling, conversing (night climbing at the Feathers if you fancy, bring a headlamp if so).
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 explore Kotick Memorial Wall, maybe Riverview Columns or Tomato Wall where we'll spend the rest of the day.
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, 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.