Spring rock climbing in Leavenworth
By Mark Gunlogson
“How was it?” I asked my daughter Grace (9) after she finished her first pure crack climb. “Well, it was not so chunky,” which I gathered to mean blocky and with a lot of holds for both feet and hands. But, she managed just fine on the otherwise featureless granite slab characteristic of Leavenworth’s well-known Icicle Canyon. Grace knew that the pathway to the pool at the hotel we were staying at that evening included finger jams, fist jams, and a bit of smearing. All in good fun and taken in stride by Grace.
I learned to crack climb here myself as a teenager, so things seemed to have come full cirlce as I proudly watched Grace jam her way up Mountaineer’s Dome. After more than thirty years of exploring Leavenworth the crags had become a home away from home, something I now share with my kids. New routes and great places for beginners keeps the exploration alive and will undoubtedly provide an exciting getaway for the whole family this summer.
So, get your leder-hosen and yodel on and enjoy the Bavarian themed town of Leavenworth and all the ammenites you can ever ask for mere minutes from the crags. With great campgrounds, hotels, restaraunts, and routes for all levels you’ll find Leavenworth appealing for all. Check out our courses and climbs for this spring and summer — our guides will be happy to show you around!