Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Future, Possible, and Potential Rock Climbing Trips  
Washington has many rock climbing destinations all across the state.  With everything from sandstone pillars, basalt columns, high friction granite, volcanic andesite, and everything in between.  We typically climb from late April all the way through to late October.  Western spots have shorter seasons, the areas east of the crest having longer seasons.  For the die hard climbers you can often find sunny walls even in January.  We can run trips to any of these areas and will provide all technical gear, camping equipment, transportation, and instruction.  From simple top rope day climbing to advanced multi pitch big wall aid climbing we can fit your needs.  If you don't see a trip you want let us know and we can plan it out for you.  Remember your imagination is the limit.  We can provide trips across the globe. From limestone cliffs in Thailand to massive 3000 foot granite walls of Baffin island were here for all your adventure travel needs.

Smith Rock State Park  ~$300 3 days
This is where it all began. With greats like Alan Watts and the late Todd Skinner, Smith Rock is the sport climbing Mecca for the NW US! Over 1,000 routes, mostly bolted sport climbs, some Aid, and many good traditional climbs. This place is home to some of the hardest routes on earth, yet still offers challenges to climbers of all abilities. Don't miss the Monkey's Face. Three days of amazing climbing tailored for any skill level. Whether you are just learning or want a guide to help you on those multipitch routes this is the place. Ground transportation, technical climbing gear, and camping included!

Frenchman Coulee (Vantage)  ~$190 2 days
Vantage, along with the Leavenworth area, is the most popular rock climbing
 destination in the state of Washington. With over 700 routes, and new ones being put up every month, this area has plenty of challenges for the eager climber. Vantage has a good combination of sport and trad routes, and over 200 routes in the popular 5.10 range. Traditional climbing has come back into popularity recently, with many of the new routes at Green Wall and Middle East Wall being bolt free. Join us as we explore the many routes out in the great Washington desert. With so many routes there is something to climb for everyone, beginner to advanced. Ground transportation, technical climbing gear, and camping included!

Leavenworth ~$190 2 days
The rock is dark granite with lots of slabs and cracks. Most routes along Icicle Road are within walking distance. There are routes for all ability levels here leads as well as mellow topropes. One favorite is Snow Creek Wall about 2 miles up the Snow Creek trail offering longer climbs and longer approach. Several other areas in the local leavenworth area expand the potiental climbing. Hobo Gulch, ,Castle Rock, and the Enchantments are all within the Leavenworth area.

Index ~$100 1 day

Index is a granite climbing area renowned for its traditional and aid climbing located approximately 1 hour northeast of Seattle in the Sky Valley along highway 2. The routes at Index are spread out over a dozen or so cliffs ranging in height from 70 feet to over 700 feet. This area offers easy access with the parking lot located only a 1 minute hike from the closest cliff. The total number of routes on the various cliffs is approximately 400. The climbing at Index is on a superb fine grained low friction granite that is world renowned for its quality. Index is the finest climbing destination in the state of Washington. Many of the best short routes and best pitches of the grade in the state are located here. Over the years, many famous climbers like Todd Skiner and Peter Croft have visisted these walls to sample classic climbs like Godzilla / Sloe Children, Japanese Gardens, Davis Holland / Lovin Arms, and City Park.

Tieton Valley ~$190 2 days
  Tieton (pronounced Tie it en) is a rockclimbing destination in central Washington State consisting of Andesite columns and walls. This area is an excellent location for fall to spring cragging with it's dry desert enviornment and high quality crack and face climbing. The Tieton River Canyon is located in the rain shadow of Mount Rainier. Currently there are almost 400 routes on 21 different formations. Route lengths vary from a single pitch to seven pitches. Tieton has always been known for its crack climbing. The first cracks were ascended in the 1960s using hammers and pitons with difficulties up to the 5.10 level. The 1970s brought new hardware and many strong climbers to the area pushing the difficulty into the 5.11s. Recently, some new development specifically the Wall of Many Faces, The Cave, Lava Point, The Dream Wall, and The Honeycomb Buttress has included bolted sport climbing as well.

Darrington ~$190 2 days

The Darrington area is one of the best rockclimbing areas in the state of Washington. This area features large domes, buttreses and walls composed of high quality granite. The rock here offers superb friction and the exfoliating nature of the rock provides some nice flakes. Routes here vary from 1 pitch up to 11 pitches. Exfoliation Dome is the largest climbing area here, features the classics Rainman and Jacob's Ladder. Green Giant Buttress is the second largest formation in Darringon and features the classic climb, Dreamer. The most accessible large area, and most popular formation here is Three O'clock Rock. This formation features the classic lines Silent Running and Total Soul.

Mt. Erie ~$100 1 day
Mt. Erie stands nearly 1300' above the surrounding saltwater, and is visible from many points in the San Juans to the west, and as far away as Mt. Vernon to the East. It is Fidalgo Island's high point, and has a road to the top which offers views of the Cascades and Olympics. The mountain is contained within an Anacortes city park, and consists of a feldspar and hornblende rich diorite. It hosts many established climbing routes on its various walls, and a well-developed system of trails connecting the climbing areas to the road and each other. Climbs are a mix of sport and trad, with crimpy face climbs and moderate shallow crack climbs being the norm.

Methow Goat Wall ~$225 3 days
Climbing in the Methow Valley includes everything from top-ropping at Fun Rocks in Mazama to bagging a peak along the Pacific Crest. More experienced rock climbers can revel in days of exploring Goat Wall, the Burgundy Spires, or Washington Pass…… No one who has ever done it would argue the perfection of peaking out on Liberty Bell or Early Winters Spire on a crisp Methow day.

Out of State Areas

Fisher Towers Moab Utah ~$1900

The Fisher Towers are one of the most outstanding scenic features of Utah's Colorado Riverway. These rock pinnacles soar above a maze of red and purple hued canyons. Join us for an amazing trip to climb some of these famous towers. With a wide selection of routes we can tailor one for you. Not only tower climbing is available but an amazing selection of short sport routes in the river canyons are easily accessible. Airfare, ground transportation, Technical climbing gear, and camping included!

Red Rocks Nevada ~$975
Guided Rock climbing in the Red Rock of Las Vegas, Nevada offers thousands of varied rock climbs, from small cliffs to thousand foot multi-pitch outings, with comfortable ledges, lofty summits, and great views. The sandstone formations in the area are highly featured. This makes for great hand holds with plenty of edges and holes to rock climb on. The best easy to moderate multi-pitch rock climbing routes in the world, combined with Nevada’s mild winters, great fall and spring temperatures, and proximity to the Las Vegas strip, make for a world class, year round, international rock climbing destination for beginners and experts. Escape the winter with a sunny trip to Red Rocks! Airfare, ground transportation, Technical climbing gear, and camping included!

Devils Tower Wyoming

Devils Tower is best characterized by its numerous, long crack systems. Free climbing routes, that lead to the Summit, range from 5.6 to 5.12 in difficulty. There are numerous aid lines, currently ranging in difficulty from A1 to A4 and C1 to C3. Routes that Summit, provide 500 to 600 feet of climbing, on very solid rock. Climbing is popular , with more than 1,100 climbers each season. About 85% of all climbers are on the Durrance Route, the easiest route to the summit. That leaves the other 150+ routes with significantly less traffic and a very much more private atmosphere.

Squamish British Columbia

Nestled at the end of one of the Pacific Coast’s deepest Fjords, Squamish is Canada's rock climbing mecca. Every summer, climbers from around the world flock to the granite cliffs and bluffs overlooking Howe Sound to test their mettle on some of the most beautiful and accessible rock climbing in the world. Most of the climbing in Squamish is centered around the Stawamus Chief. "The Chief", as it is known, is a massive granite monolith towering some 700 meters above Squamish and Howe Sound and has hundreds of climbing routes for every level of climber. Dotted around the Chief are Shannon Falls, Murrin Provincial Park and the Smoke Bluffs, all of which offer hundreds of options, from 5.14 test pieces to a myriad of routes that beginners and pros can enjoy.

Southern Thailand (Phan Gna, Phuket...)
Southern Thailand and especially Krabi province has some of the best known climbing locations of Thailand. Many of the routes start directly on the beach and the views are often magnificent. There are suitable routes for the beginner as well as the experienced climber.  After the climb you can relax at the beach or the pool, enjoy a massage and some delicious Thai food. Some of the climbing locations offer lots of nightlife, others are very quiet, there is something for everybody’s taste. From single day climbing trips to 10 days or more climbing holidays on several different locations.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Climbing Tips!

Performance Climbing Tip: Preview and Read the Route. This is a skill to develop just like any physical technical climbing move. Advanced climbers are skilled at reading climbing routes, this is one of the most important of the mental skills for improving climbing technique. Before you climb, visualize the sequences through the entire route--or as much as you can see from the ground. Anticipate weight, balance, reach, and each move through the route.
Here is the key: find the crux and decide the position you need to be in to complete it. Work backwards down the route. Make mental notes where your left and right hands and feet are positioned. When you climb, start the sequence going into the crux so your hands and feet and body is positioned correctly when you reach the crux. This takes some practice. After you complete the route, look at it again and re-analyze it. Develop a habit of previewing routes before climbing. The more you do it the better you will become.  So many times I have seen good rock climbers fail because they don't visualize the route.  Certain holds work for certain techniques i.e. laybacks, opposition, drop knees... seeing the way to approach the holds can mean the difference between an onsight and redpoint!