DATE: APRIL 6TH-7TH, 2019
LOCATION: MOUNT ERIE IN ANACORTES, WA
TRAINING STAGE: POWER ENDURANCE
CLIMBING TYPE: TOP ROPING / SPORT CLIMBING / TRAD CLIMBING
Rain was in forecast but that didn’t stop us. Being that this was my first outdoor climbing experience, I was looking forward to the trip. We met at Ray Auld parking lot. Some ladies already decided to leave due to the wet conditions.
Nastassia and Tiffany, the trip leaders, planned for us to climb up the Main Wall West, accessed by climbing a 5.7 called Zig Zag. The hike to the approach was a bit of a scramble through some brush. It hadn’t rain yet, so we were feeling hopeful. As we got to the approach, Megan took one look at the crack among the rock and lit up. It was contagious. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I was excited. All of us standing on the ledge a spectacular view of Lake Erie and Lake Campbell right in front of us. Then the weather started to look grim. Clouds came rolling in and it started to rain. We were left with no choice but to turn around.
The group decided to make the best of our time and learn about anchors systems. Then we were taught on different ways to rappel down with an anchor or without. Some of us camped out at Deception Pass Park that night while most of group headed home. The few of us were hopeful for better conditions in the morning. Unfortunately, the next day was still cloudy and wet. We spent the day learning more about trad climbing. We went over crack systems and gear placements. Then set up anchors.
Although we did not have the chance to climb, I was excited I got to meet the Never Stop Moving community. The more I learned, the more eager I got to get some hands-on experience. Its enriching to learn how to climb by women. It’s completely supportive, and it doesn’t matter what level you are at, all you need is the will to try. We shared some laughs, drank some wine, and ate up some scrumptious muffins from Mt. Erie grocery store - highly recommend. The most memorable were the ticks - I think all of us slept with a twitch all night- but funny enough it brought us closer together.