Vantage: West Alcove, Riverview Point, Riverview Park – East End and Sunset Park, April 2010

View from West Alcove at Vantage. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

This past weekend I headed out to Vantage with a few awesome climber friends to get some great cragging in.  It was my first time to this Eastern Washington climbing spot and the weather was warm and gorgeous.  Vantage is out by the Columbia River Gorge, giving the rock climbing walls incredible views.

Vantage’s rock is basalt and it forms both in columns and chunky walls (unlike Smith Rock which is rough nubbin climbing).    We started off the day in the West Alcove climbing a 5.8, Tunnel Vision, then a 5.9, a 5.10c, Sweetie, and finally, the hardest route I’ve climbed so far, Traveling Wanna Be’s with is a 5.11B.  The 5.11B was a fun route with the crux move at the beginning, a overhung, sort of reachy start.  After the West Alcove, we moved

West Alcove. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

along the walls to Riverview Point and climbed Serenity, a fun 5.10A.  Up next was climbing in Sunset Park where I had fun climbing Endless, a 5.10B.  And finally we ended with Riverview Park – East End wall, climbing Masticate Expectorate, a 5.8, and Weep Holls in Sill, a 5.11 A.  Weep Holls  in Sill had a mellow start with the crux move about 2/3 of the way up the wall.  This climb is easier for tall people (as the book admits) and the crux move involved getting your feet as high as possible, pushing off and making a big reach for a bomber hold above the bolt (the bolt is still way up there).  Between being a shorter person and pumped from a full day of climbing after 4 attempts to nail the move I had to put this climb on my “to nail next time I’m at Vantage list”.

It was a great day of climbing.  We had fun on loads of routes.  The walls we climbed on weren’t very busy so we got in a lot of climbing.  I loved the way the rock forms out in Vantage, it makes for a wide variety of climbs with great holds and interesting moves.

Tunnel Vision. West Alcove.

Riverview Point.

Me working the crux start of 5.11B Traveling Wanna Be's. West Alcove.

Upper part of the 5.11B Traveling Wanna Be's

Cleaning Sweetie, 5.10C.

Vantage.

Erin rocking a 5.9 with a knarly overhang start. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

Riverview Park - East End. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

Petzl Elios helmet with Ty making the leap over the overhang in the backgroung.

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~ by Genevieve Hathaway on April 14, 2010.

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