DATE: MARCH 9TH, 2019
LOCATION: VANTAGE, WA
TRAINING STAGE: STRENGTH
CLIMBING TYPE: SPORT CLIMBING
I never thought I’d rock climb in 30 degree weather. It has been a long winter and I was craving to get back outside and climb. This was my second trip to Vantage and the weather reports were looking fairly grim; temperatures in the low 30s with cloudy skies in the morning and sun in the afternoon. Our group dwindled (understandably) as the weekend approached but a small group of us decided to give it a try and see what we could climb.
Driving into the recreational area was a big shock. The hills and rock were covered in snow and the air was crisp. We were the second car in the parking lot but we saw no one around us. We decided to explore the Feathers since the South Side crags looked dry. There was about a foot of snow on the ground as we walked through the campgrounds which made hiking a little more challenging than we anticipated, but we made it to the crags and felt excited to climb.
I led three routes during our time there and they were a lot of fun. I had to take small breaks halfway up the wall as my fingers froze touching the frozen rock. We took turns climbing the routes and towards the end, we had some redemption with the sun coming out. Overall this trip was a lot of fun. We had the whole place to ourselves and the Feathers were fun to climb. I wasn’t able to try harder routes due to the extreme temperatures, but it was still fun leading in a new area of Vantage. I enjoyed climbing with such a small group of wonderful ladies and taking in the gorgeous winter wonderland around us!