Frenchman Coulee (Vantage) Sunshine Wall

1:55 p.m. on May 9, 2011 (EDT)
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I hesitate to tell this little secret, but Washington (the state) is more than rain, moss and the Space Needle. 

Saturday and Sunday I took the kids to Vantage to climb The Feathers, a set of weathered basalt pillars near the Columbia river and about 40 minutes from my driveway. 


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Above is Frenchman Coulee with some diotomaceous earth in the distance which is sometimes mined and used for things like grit in toothpaste I think.  All of these cliffs were formed, we are told, by the Missoula floods a long time ago.  How long ago is determined by your worldview.
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The Feathers, on the Shady side.


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Climbing "Shake it, Don't Break it" a 5.5, their first sport route.


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Strong enough to push pillars over after sending her first ever sport route.


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Me setting the route for the kids.


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He wore shoes this time.  I'm attaching webbing for a chest harness to keep him from flipping over on his one meter acent. 


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A proud dad belaying his first grader.  After some coaching, encouragement and a bit of light hauling, she got up.

They saw a 5.10A they liked and are already planning their next trip. 

Thanks for reading.



6:39 p.m. on May 9, 2011 (EDT)
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Looks like fun!

7:09 p.m. on May 9, 2011 (EDT)
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Awesome pics. Thanks for posting FStS.

7:56 p.m. on May 9, 2011 (EDT)
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Looks like it might be fun, but I wouldn't put my kids on any rope until they could handle themselves. But that is just me.

10:51 a.m. on May 10, 2011 (EDT)
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Very, very cool. FS2S! I love that you are including and introducing your kids to challenging outdoor activities. I was allowed to climb trees from a very early age, and it was invaluable. The older I got I was permited to climb taller and taller trees, rocks, cliffs, etc. If my dad had been into rock climbing, I am sure I would have been on rock  pretty early. I am sure you take very high precautions with multiple redundancy- there would be more risk walking down a city sidewalk with them.

1:23 p.m. on May 10, 2011 (EDT)
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Thanks Gonz

4:21 p.m. on May 10, 2011 (EDT)
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Paying it forward! The healing power, health benefits and general love/respect for mother nature will be passed down to your next generation. Those kids are gonna remember doing that when they're older..

4:37 p.m. on May 11, 2011 (EDT)
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Last night I talked to my son's Cub Scout den about communications, using Trailspace as the professional example.

Among other things, I showed them this trip report so they could see how communications goes both ways with online publications. And, I figured they'd like to see pictures of other kids climbing and doing fun stuff outside.

7:00 p.m. on May 11, 2011 (EDT)
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humbled, honored.

4:25 p.m. on May 12, 2011 (EDT)
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How cool....those last two pics are precious.

6:19 p.m. on May 16, 2011 (EDT)
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I've been there once and it's a really cool place! I'm not much of a rock climber but it was fun to mess around; had a friend teach me how to lead too. I've forgotten by now though. Glad you had a great time, thanks for the pics! Here's one of my pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bccarlso/3876818540/in/photostream

9:58 a.m. on May 17, 2011 (EDT)
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No Way!

We just Climbed that route (looks like Don Coyote) last Friday!

Well, I didn't lead it.  A 71 yr old guy put up our rope for us and we toproped it. 

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