The long climbing Summer is flying away. It starts feeling like this in the Pacific Northwest when you look at the weather forecasts for surrounding climbing areas, and you see high chances of rain, and a sudden temperature drop.
We are still able to steal a few climbs in the area before the winter comes and all is left is hiking, ski trying (maybe, possibly…), drinking, and gym climbing.
So before the total hibernation, I am on a search of dry and not-so-cold places to climb. Vantage starts to be the only option, and I have actually been having fun there, surprisingly.
Vantage isn’t a great trad climbing place, but there are still some nice single pitches. the rock quality is not awesome, which makes it mind challenging.
Sinsemilia is a great clean, 5.10c at the Sunshine wall.
I’ve been checking out the Middle East wall too and will add pictures here soon.
So far I lead:
- Slim and Curvy – 5.10B : Nice climb with a technical start that lead to easier climbing. There is a loose block on that one.
- Crazy Fingers – 5.10A : Nice climbing but I have to remember to traverse lower than I actually did to get to the anchors. It was sketchy the way I did it.
- The Elders – 5.10A: Easy climbing but the pro is a bit challenging due to the nature of the crack. A #4 would have been nice, but not needed.
- Electric Shock – 5.10D – The climbing was sustained on that one. I think all the climb was 5.10- or above. The lichen and loose block at the top are intimidating, and the my pro was bad for the first third of the climb. I lived though!