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 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).
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.
Start climbing after the rock has warmed up a bit on Feathers.
Campfires, cooking, chilling, conversing (night climbing at the Feathers if you fancy, bring a headlamp if so).
The Plan: Sunshine Wall/Zip-Zag and exploring what else is there.
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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