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Vantage Climb and Camp · Fri. Mar. 27th - Sun. Mar. 29th
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Start: Friday, Mar. 27th, 1:00 pm
End: Sunday, Mar. 29th, 10:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Mar. 24th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Outside clubroom
Let’s go for a weekend of climbing, camping, and general tomfoolery out at the crags of Vantage, Washington, aka Frenchman Coulee. I and my co-leader Noah are generally flexible on skill level but you must have some amount of climbing experience to join (i.e. Rock 1 & 2). Priority will be given to those with cars and/or ropes.
The Frenchman Coulee Ad-Vantage
The main appeal to driving 5 hours out to Vantage is the weather - it lies in the rain shadow of the Cascades and so is generally much drier than the coast. In the shoulder-season this is the most popular place for climbing in Washington so we should expect to be sharing the routes with plenty of other groups. The good news is that there are over 600 routes with a good range of difficulty and climbing types. At Vantage there are two large basalt layers on which to climb: the top has most of the trad crack routes with some good moderate sport routes, while the lower layer is almost all sport. Camping in the area is free with some limited facilities. And in case you’re not already sold, I’ll be bringing a small drone to get some action shots of us climbing, so this might be your chance to get that new profile pic!
As previously mentioned, it’s about a 5 hour drive from Vancouver. The plan is to leave early Friday afternoon to maximize our climbing time. We’ll then return Sunday evening after getting our fill. If another car or two can’t leave early on Friday but think it’s worth it to drive out later we could probably meet up out there.
Gas: ~US$20 per person round trip estimated
WA Discover Pass (2 days): US$20 per car
Firewood: a couple bucks per person probably
That’s pretty much it for costs. We’ll stop at a grocery store when we get across the border to pick up any food or beverages that customs won’t like.
Things to Bring
- passport and visa/study permit/any other necessary documents
- winter camping gear (sleeping bag, pad, tent, etc)
- climbing gear (harness, belay device, shoes, rope if you got it)
- warm clothing/layers - nights will probably be cold
- food/cooking stuff
- good attitude