Thus we headed down to Frenchman Coulee aka Vantage. This unique area overlooks the Columbia River Gorge, an area carved by glacier migration many many years ago. The majority of the crags face south, thus converting Vantage into a popular winter destination...especially for all those Seattle-ites, who flee Seattle in hopes of finding something other then rain.
The setting and climbing at Vantage reminds me of one of my favorite New Mexico crags Diablo Canyon .
Vantage offers around 700+ routes both sport and traditionally protected crack climbs between vertical pillars/columns. Below is a pic of one of the sectors at Vantage, which is then broken up into 8-10 differently named crags.
|The highest concentration of Vantage routes are seen here, including Sunshine Wall, RiverView Park, Millenium, Fat Man, Skinny Man, M&M walls. Climbing exists on both the upper and lower cliff bands.|
|Kristin on Aeolachrymation 5.8 at the Riverview Columns|
|This ones for you Grandma Aloys (GG)|
A Genius Bruing 5.10a
Mortal Prying in the V Shaped Realm 5.10b
Hakuna Matata 5.10b