April 17, 2005

Weekend Climbing At Vantage

Filed under: General — mmrobins @ 7:20 pm

Kim, Brian and I went climbing all weekend at Vantage, aka Frenchman’s Coulee. We went despite the nasty weather reports that predicted rain. I feel like it’s been raining and overcast for the last month in Seattle, so it was time to get out. It didn’t look good driving out there Saturday morning since it was raining in Seattle, raining at Snoqualmie, raining in Cle Elum, raining in Ellensburg – but when we got to Vantage and the Columbia River it was dry. We got a bunch of fun climbs in on the sunshine wall. We started out slow on 5.8′s since it was Kim and my first outdoor climbing of the season. Kim was also feeling really sketched by the expansive valley below and the exposed arrets we were climbing. I started off leading and led up to a scary 5.9 on Saturday. We camped Saturday night and were up fairly early Sunday to climb again. Brian started off with a chimney climb called Seven Virgins and a Mule that took a long time since it was only Brian’s second chimney climb ever and he placed a lot of gear. He did great though and then we started climbing some 5.10′s. By the end of the day Kim even overcame her fears and led a climb! Now we’re back in Seattle and it’s dark, overcast and rainy. I might start to believe all the Seattle weather hype soon.

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