Rock climbing in Vantage, WA
By Mark Gunlogson
Last weekend we took the whole family and some friends rock climbing at Vantage, exploring the columns, looking for rattlesnakes, and yes, taking time to smell the flowers, which were the best I’ve seen there ever! Good times in the Washington desert!
Created by massive floods that unearthed ancient basalt columns, the coulees of eastern Washington are home to some great rock climbing. Ample top-roping locations for all ages can be found, from juggy face climbs to splitter cracks, with a choice between clipping bolts or trad. Mountain Madness offers trips to Vantage as part of our rock climbing programs and it is sometimes used during the rock climbing component of our alpine climbing course.
Ellie (5) cranking the moves
Zoe (5) climbing in the Feathers
Desert flowers in full glory
Zoe showing the proper stance for being lowered
Exploring the columns
Hana (9) reaching for the bucket
Girl power on the rocks
Zoe almost on the top
At Gingko Petrified Forest
Fossilized trees and dinosaurs
Petroglypghs found near Vantage