Many trips, many climbs. This was my go-to climbing destination when I was first learning sport. A great place to go when it's raining west of the cascades!
With my main trad climbing partners out of town, me and John headed to Vantage to do some sport climbing. led 7 routes in the Feather and Sunshine Wall and top-roped House of Cards on the way out, basically tripling the amount of sport leading i've done. it was John's first time rock climbing and he did great!
This is probably the second coolest crag place in Washington (Index still being my favorite). Even for clouds predicted in the forecast there were lots of people at Vantage. Good thing that there is also lots of climbs.
Party In Your Pants 5.8
Crack In The Back 5.6
Stroke The Chicken 5.6
Clipping The Cornea 5.7
Routecleaning 101: Intro to Mank 5.9
Think it Rhymes With Luck 5.10a
Noggin Garnish 5.9
Taking It Easy 5.9
Lucky Dogs 5.8
The Big Finish 5.10a
Gas Sipper 5.8
Nazi Boyfriend 5.10b
It Couldn't Be Clearer 5.10a
Clearly Human 5.7
It´s been so long I´ve forgotten the routes I´ve climbed, but I definitely came here. Woke up to a huge rattlesnake napping outside the tent door.
Hot, dry, wear a helmet.
Came here with the Mountaineers for my first outdoor climb. Lots of nice routes for a beginner. Made it up Jesus Saves and The Uprising. Fun day!
This is a great place and I wish I made it there more often. The site of my then 2 year old's first route- that staircase at the Feathers. I have witnessed casualties due to loose rock (incl boulderer 25 footer to bust his ankles) even at the benign feathers - helmets everyone!
LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! I climb here all the time. Its great!
Been there a few times since 1999. It's a great way to spent the day before a DMB concert.
But there are some pretty good routes and I enjoyed the climbing at Sunshine wall. Bring helmets.
I used to climb in Vantage a lot in the early to mid 90's (before the washrooms). It was quite fun, with a nice mix of sport and trad routes. Good early season spot.
Been climbing the feathers all season. Next season I think focus will be the sunshine wall. Still getting used to the vertical. Losing my climbing buddy Nick, but Ash and I are still up for some good times! Excellent adventure area. columbia river...
This was my default climbing destination when I was in grad school from 1997-1999. An awesome place to climb. The basalt columns make for a cool atmosphere and the number and range of climbs available is staggering. I did my first trad lead here on Seven Virgins and a Mule.
...over numerous trips since 24 March 1990, when Steve & I announced our engagement here.
Herm's Tower (Sunshine Wall): The Shaft 5.7. 1 Feb 1992. Partners: Jim States, Brett Pierce.
I've been up to Vantage several times now. The sunshine wall is great ... a seemingly endless wall of routes! Gret climbing.
Climbed most routes on the feathers. The scenery here is spectacular, the routes are fun and I will go back as my trad skills develop.
First time in Vantage had a lot of fun climbing with Jim. The rain over night scared away the crowds for Sunday. The mandatory climbing log so far is:
The Feathers, not so interesting mainly clipping bolts:
Notch Route (5.6) - easy route on the back of Satans Tower
Jesus Saves (5.8) - kind of tricky moves higher up
Blood Blister (5.10a) - TRed, fun little overhanging.
Shin Scraper (5.9) - felt easier than .9,one move
Chimney just behind Satans Tower (5.5)
Altar of Sacrifice (5.7) - cruiser, nice handholds
Sunshine Wall fun place but crowded:
Stokin' The Chicken (5.6) - Weird chimney moves on top
Whipsaw (5.9) - Bolted arete - little loose in places
Party in Your Pants (5.8) - Many bulges, but plenty fun moves
Arete to the right of PIYP - TRed unknown route, kind of hardmust be 10 something
Crossing the Threshold (5.8) - Stem the double crack, nice.
Air Guitar (5.10) - TRed, good one gets wider than fist on top
Clip'em or Skip'em (5.9) - Clipping bolts on the side
Fourth Trip (Feb. 20-21, 2010):
Pony Keg - very nice
Air Guitar - Shirley led, great route
Crackmaster Lambada - Shirley onsighted this intimidating (to me) looking thin crack
Boschido - great bolted arete
Ride 'Em Cowboy - Shirley's lead of another bolted arete
George And Martha - 2nd time seemed easier and funner!
Sinsemilla - Shirley led (seemed harder and more desperate :)
Third Trip (March 19, 2006):
Half day at Sunshine
Steel Grille - very nice route (complete with pigeons)
Sinsemilla - failed attempt
Seven Virgins... - Shirley's lead; easy but fun, clean chimney
Second Trip (March 12, 2006):
One day at the Sunshine Wall (crowded).
Party In.. - Shirley's lead.
Crossing The Threshold - Shirley's lead. Fun route.
Tangled Up In Blue - Fun route but short.
George & Martha - had to take on it once cause I'm weak. Not sure if it deserves the 4 stars (definitely 3 though :)
First Trip (March 6,7 2004):
First visit there for me and my wife. Started off with a day at The Feathers. The bolted face climbs surprised us - climbs were relatively steep, with huge positive holds but pumpy on the forearms (radically different than face climbs at Smith of same grade). Day two was spent at the Sunshine Wall where we managed two trad climbs....before rescuers ordered everyone off the cliffs since there was going to be a heli pick up (someone got hurt - don't know details). Here's our list to date:
Jesus Saves 5.8 - one or two balancy moves.
The Uprising 5.8 - tricky friction move (for short people :)
Altar of Sacrifice 5.7 - nothing special
Shake It Don't Break it 5.5 - first bolt high, easy ground though
The Becky Route 5.7
Ruffled Feathers 5.7
Feather in My Cap 5.5
Don Coyote 5.8 - the best route of the day for us (very pumpy on the forearms)
Party In Your Pants 5.8 - bulge, rest stance, bulge, rest ....X5 or 6. Used quite a bit of gear...
Stroken' the Chicken 5.6 - fun route with crux coming in the last 20-30 feet.