DATE: JULY 7TH - 9TH, 2018
LOCATION: BANKS LAKE, WA
AUTHOR: SARAH HAENSLY
STAGE: SUMMER CLIMBING TRIPS
CLIMBING TYPE: DEEP WATER SOLOING / SPORT CLIMBING
This past weekend spent in Banks Lake was my first outdoor climbing trip in Washington. I’d have to give it a 10/10. The weather was beautiful, the group was great, and I was introduced to a new part of Washington that I probably would not have had the chance to visit otherwise.
Saturday morning we all met at Banks Lake, where we rented a pontoon boat for the day. We took the boat out to go explore unknown territory, and to find new climbs. Without any book guiding us, we managed to find some awesome boulders. While it’s a little freaky to be climbing over water, it was a new experience for all of us, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. When we weren’t climbing we were eating cheetos and veggies & hummus. Regardless of if the time was spent in the boat or climbing boulders, it was a great opportunity to get to know some female climbers and to celebrate the start of a sunny Washington summer.
The following day we went out to do some sport climbing right next to the lake. This has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever climbed. The routes were fun, and I learned plenty of new tips regarding anchors and safety. I would definitely love to go back to explore some more climbs in the area, as I found the routes really enjoyable.
I’m excited to check out more NSM trips in the future!