DATE: MARCH 10TH, 2018
LOCATION: VANTAGE, WA
AUTHOR: ELIZABETH STENSRUD
TRAINING STAGE: POWER
CLIMBING TYPE: SPORT CLIMBING / TOP ROPING
It's difficult to write a trip report that isn't just one long thank you, because gratitude was the overwhelming emotion I felt after my trip to Vantage with Never Stop Moving. It was a day of firsts for many of us; for my part, it was my first time at Vantage, first time climbing outdoors, and my first time sport climbing since learning to belay a week earlier.
Considering this, I probably should have been a little nervous and intimidated when I woke up that morning, but after the last few months I spent training with the NSM team, it didn't occur to me that the day would consist of anything but fun and learning. My instincts were right! The more experienced climbers in our group were beyond generous with their expertise, explanations, and gear. As I attempted my first climbs, I felt encouraged and excited, thanks to the patience of my belayer and the advice shouted from below.
It was a stunningly beautiful day and the Sunshine Wall was crowded, but everyone was perfectly content to enjoy the weather, views, and each others company. All in all, I came away from Vantage feeling thankful for the NSM community and inspired to train harder for future trips!