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Climb stuff at Vantage or Shop at REI

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
http://www.rei.com/event/6206/session/7586

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).


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. Then a trip to Sunshine Wall. (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 (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 explore Kotick Memorial Wall, maybe Riverview Columns or Tomato Wall 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, 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.

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  • shilpa M.

    Amazing place 7 gr8 meetup

    October 16, 2013

  • Candace W.

    Yeah, agreed. It was a really awesome day and the views out there, especially near the Feathers, were spectacular. Thanks for being patient with my friends and I. They had a really great first outdoor sport climbing experience :)

    October 14, 2013

  • Will

    Such an awesome weekend! So glad I decided to stay both days, the first was a little wet and cloudy but saturday night and sunday were picture perfect for vantage. I sure hope it's not the last trip of the year but if it is, that was a fine note to go out on

    3 · October 13, 2013

  • Candace W.

    What campsite are you guys at?

    October 12, 2013

  • Candace W.

    On our way!

    October 12, 2013

  • Mark

    Not going to make it out to vantage this weekend, but headed to SBP in a few hours if anyone is interested.

    October 12, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Looks like a good chance of rain this morning, can anyone that's already there give us an update on the conditions?

    October 12, 2013

  • Will

    OK I'm going for both days :) only so much climbing season left! Will have my grill

    October 11, 2013

  • Eivind N.

    Heading over tomorrow afternoon.. will be there until Sunday. Bringing two experienced climbers

    October 11, 2013

  • Michael R.

    I'll be there Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday I'll be wherein camo and solo see ya all when you guys get here its nice out

    1 · October 10, 2013

    • Dave and C.

      Look for the white jeep or text me[masked]! Ended up going Friday to wake up and climb.

      October 11, 2013

  • Jim B.

    I've done Vantage, but never the Feathers. I look forward to climbing with Andy again (another old guy:). Not sure yet if I'll do just Saturday or both days.

    October 2, 2013

  • shilpa M.

    I m doing just saturday. Leaving early & getting back late tht night. Anyone interested in carpool?

    1 · October 8, 2013

    • shilpa M.

      Sure Michelle. No probs. Meet us at 7:30am tommorrow at the issaquah transit center

      October 11, 2013

    • Lisa

      Awesome! See ya tomorrow Michelle. I don't think there is a specific time in mind, just sometime Friday night after finished climbing :)

      October 11, 2013

  • Candace W.

    Who's staying Sunday? I'm wondering how many ropes we'll have. I'm thinking of investing in some gear and wondering if it should be a rope...

    October 10, 2013

    • Will

      Second.

      October 10, 2013

    • Iain P.

      Also bringing rope. I suspect we'll be good.

      October 11, 2013

  • KarimG

    Have fun I won't make it, just injured my wrist playing hockey =(

    October 11, 2013

  • Iain P.

    Would like to catch a ride with somebody if possible. I'm in downtown seattle. I can also meet anywhere which has reasonably secure parking for a motorcycle. Prefer leaving saturday morning / returning sunday, although I can make friday evening work if necessary.

    October 10, 2013

    • Andrew O.

      Whenever you get here: 7:45?

      October 11, 2013

    • Iain P.

      Okay. See you 7:45am Saturday :)

      October 11, 2013

  • Candace W.

    It's car camping, right?

    By the way, I'm going to the REI Garage Sale in the morning if anyone wants me to pick something up for them.

    October 11, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      Absolutely. It'll be the same sort of situation as Mazama save it's free (well, except for the Discover Pass).

      October 11, 2013

    • Candace W.

      Oh, can we buy a day pass there or will we need a Discover Pass?

      October 11, 2013

  • Lisa

    Re-posting this from the last Vantage trip, the guide of climbs in the area: http://www.justgetout.net/ClientFiles/8ecf9e69-8f8f-419d-91d8-10c7ca9cbcbb/VantageGuide-AllEdited-515.pdf

    October 11, 2013

  • Mike

    The dog and I will be there for Saturday if anyone needs a ride.

    October 10, 2013

    • Candace W.

      Sad I'll miss her. She's the cutest.

      October 10, 2013

  • Candace W.

    My friend's in town from Detroit this weekend but he doesn't normally climb. Does anyone have size 8 men's climbing shoes and a small harness he could borrow? Or know where I'd be able to rent such things :)

    October 8, 2013

    • Will

      I've got a spare harness. Swing by and pick it up sometime or maybe I could hand it to someone saturday

      October 8, 2013

  • Candace W.

    Is this the kind of thing I could swing by on Sunday for? Or is everyone planning on leaving early?

    October 7, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      A Sunday-only trip is totally okay. We'll probably get going around 9 or 10, so come join us at our camp (far side of the Feathers) in the morning.

      October 8, 2013

    • Candace W.

      Fantastic. I reckon we'll come by on Saturday night if my friend's feeling up for it!

      October 8, 2013

  • Will

    Might be the last climb of the year! Weather is looking perfect for Vantage so far. I'd really like to hit Powerhouse Wall if any of my regular belay partners want to catch some falls :D

    October 2, 2013

    • Erik G.

      Then be sure to come on my trip later in the month--you need to get on King of the Ruins.

      October 7, 2013

    • Will

      Ooh, mayyybe. Depends on weather and other stuff.

      October 7, 2013

  • Michael R.

    I'll be there all week see you all Saturday can't wait another sec. I'll be the guy missing half his fingers lol

    October 7, 2013

  • Eugene

    Hi, Nice to meet you all. I would like to join but can only climb on Sat. With that said, anyone interested in leaving Fri afternoon or evening? At best, we can get a couple routes in before it gets dark. At worst, we just camp Fri night and can take it easy/do some warm up routes Sat morning till everyone else arrives.

    October 2, 2013

    • Jim B.

      I'm planning on coming out Friday night, bringing a nephew, coming from Tacoma. I'll probably be in a white Kia Soul.

      October 6, 2013

  • Mick P.

    This is great Bruce! Thanks! I will be also hosting a day on the 12 at Vantage. It will be great to see you that evening. If there is anyone who may want to climb with instruction let them know. Hope to see you out there.

    October 2, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      Excellent. I'll pass that on. What wall are you hitting on Saturday, and are you staying for some Sunday clambering?

      October 2, 2013

    • Mick P.

      Bruce, we will climb where ever the sun is. Most likely the sunshine wall. And yes I am staying for sunday at the current moment!

      October 3, 2013

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