Climbing in Vantage
Last winter I drove up to Vantage, Washington to meet some friends and climb for the weekend. I'd been hoping to test out my new ascenders I had gotten to shoot while hanging on the wall.
I rolled in the the camp a little before the other guys, so I set up some night shots of the stars moving behind one of the more popular spots, the Feathers. While I was shooting another group of climbers began climbing the formation, even though the temps were hovering around 20 degrees.
The next morning we headed out early to catch the morning light on some climbs. I was able to convince my buddy Garret to set a fixed line for me to jumar up, as it was so cold my fingers were completely frozen. Then once I got in position he headed up a
After getting these chilly climbs in we went back to camp to eat some food and drink lots and lots of coffee before heading out to the Sunshine Wall to spend the rest of the day climbing. The cool thing about getting to the Sunshine Wall is you have go through a small slot in the rock which is barley wider than one person. After that we spent the day climbing before heading back to Portland.
The thing I've loved about climbing in Vantage during the winter is that you get to avoid some of the large crowds that gather during the later months in the spring when the weather is better. While it is definitely very cold during the night and early mornings, during the day the temps hung around 50 degrees, perfect for climbing.