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Vantage is one of Washington's great winter crags. The columnar basalt creates a great balance of sport and trad routes. The sport routes stick to the faces and range from 5.5 - 5.12+ and the cracks are found in between the columns and are of similar grades. All of the faces are out in the open and will get sun at some point in the day.

Getting There

Head East on I-90 from Seattle. Follow this over the Columbia River past Vantage, WA.

Go up the hill and take exit 143 (the second exit after the river). At the bottom of the exit ramp take a left onto Silica road. Follow this road under the highway and take the first left onto Vantage road. Go down the canyon 1.4 miles. You will see parking on the left.

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A Discover Pass is required. Day pass and annual pass are available for purchase at discoverpass.wa.gov/ .

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Classic Climbing Routes at Frenchman Coulee, AKA Vantage

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Seven Virgins and a Mule
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Party in Your Pants
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crossing the Threshold
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Ride 'em Cowboy
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tangled up in Blue
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
George and Martha
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Air Guitar
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sunshine Buttress
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Satan's Wagon
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Easy Off
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Stems and Seeds
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Seven Virgins and a Mule Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Party in Your Pants Sunshine Wall > Near End of Sunshine…
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Crossing the Threshold Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Ride 'em Cowboy Sunshine Wall > Near End of Sunshine…
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Tangled up in Blue Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
George and Martha Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Air Guitar Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sunshine Buttress Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Satan's Wagon Feathers > N Side
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Boschido Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sinsemilla Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Easy Off Sunshine Wall > Near End of Sunshine…
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Narlux Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Stems and Seeds Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Red M&Ms Sunshine Wall > King Pins
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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There is free camping available at Vantage, limited to the area on the south side of the Feathers. If you are climbing for the day or camping, please note that you are required to display one of the yellow Fish and Wildlife Deparment stickers on your vehicle. There is a fairly substanstial ticket if you are caught without one. You can pick up the stickers many places in Seattle, and Fred Meyer in Ellensburg sells them as well. Feb 4, 2006
Bryson Slothower
Portland, OR
Bryson Slothower   Portland, OR
Avoid the Coulee on Spring concert weekends if you like sleeping. Jun 3, 2007
What is the story behind the name Frenchman Coulee? Aug 15, 2007
mcarizona   Flag
I used to live out there near the coulee and on a topo you can see that the area is called the frenchman hills. Maybe thats why they transferred the name. The canyon is a result of the big flood of glacier park way back when (discovery channel has an engaging history about it if you have time on a rainy day to sit on the couch). Who knows what its like to camp behind the feathers these days? It was getting pretty trashed last time I was there. Aug 24, 2007
ok then Oct 11, 2007
John Calder
Spokane, WA
John Calder   Spokane, WA
Frenchman Coulee is actually the large coulee you can see from the camping area. Sunshine wall is in Echo Basin. Oct 23, 2007
Scott W
Flagstaff, AZ
Scott W   Flagstaff, AZ
This area is also known as Exit 143. Apr 24, 2008
Broomfield, CO
BenCooper   Broomfield, CO
Camping Update:
Camping is only allowed on the south side of the feathers (the area with the bulletin board and the trailhead for the hike into Echo Basin).

There are currently NO TOILETS. The old sani-cans were getting hammered by concert-goers. The company that cleaned them kept finding syringes, rocks, etc. in the toilets, and decided it wasn't worth it. Can't blame 'em. Anyway, the Frenchmen's Coulee Climbing Coalition is currently raising money for a permanent toilet structure that is badly needed. They need the money and the go-ahead from WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

So do your part: bring wag-bags or your own shitter system, or drive into George or back to Vantage and use their toilets. Do not dig catholes! The place gets too much use to take this type of waste. This could quickly turn into the sesspool that Indian Creek is trying to deal with. Let's not let that happen. May 12, 2009
Any word on the toilet situation? Feb 28, 2011
Michael Davidson
Bellevue, WA
Michael Davidson   Bellevue, WA
Info about the Toilets Apr 22, 2011
C Hopwood
Salt Lake City, UT
C Hopwood   Salt Lake City, UT
A porta-potty was placed in the parking lot a week ago but it was still locked when I left. You need to buy a Discover Pass to camp overnight or park for the day. The pass is $11.50 per day or $30 for a year. You can pick them in George, WA or Vantage, WA, both of which are less than 10 miles from the coulee. Addresses below:

George Washington Petroleum
GEORGE, WA 98824

Havilah Inc

You can also purchase passes online or by phone:

fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wa/lice… or
1-866-320-9933 Mar 19, 2012
Colin Parker
Idyllwild, CA
Colin Parker   Idyllwild, CA  
Great free guide here:


Kudos to Marc Dilley for this effort! Apr 9, 2012
Mark Roberts
Vancouver, BC
Mark Roberts   Vancouver, BC
Some things I wish I knew the first time I went:

There's some awesome climbing here, but also a lot of chossy crap. IMHO the guidebook (the free one too) is far too liberal with stars on the minor crags, there's a ton of garbage crags/routes I tried when exploring.

I found the guidebook was inaccurate for more than half of the climbs I got on in the Coulee. Nothing major, but just don't expect gospel. Five bolts instead of six, three chain anchors instead of a single bolt, that sort of thing.

The guidebook suggests that at Fugs and a few other areas you should beware of loose rock, which is misleading because there's loose rock everywhere. Bring a helmet, wear it when climbing and hanging out underneath climbers. I accidentally pulled a piece of rock off Party In Your Pants, which is probably one of the most climbed gear routes there. That being said, the upper routes were much better. I was often surprised at the poor quality and stability of the rock in the lower routes.

I went on Easter Weekend and the place was a gong show. Ropes everywhere along Sunshine Wall. If you want to get on the classics I'd recommend planning your trip in the middle of the week or a quiet weekend, because when you can get on these routes they're definitely worth the trip but if you can't then your plan B has a good chance of being pretty bad.

I found the entablature routes quite cryptic and sequency. From below everything looks like a hold, but few are. This lead to a lot of slapping around. This isn't a criticism but just know that this is true if you're planning on ticking a lot of the lower routes on your trip, I found I'd get pumped out constantly slapping every sloper searching for a hold. This is probably less of an issue if you climb later in the year than I did, when things will start getting chalked up more.

Bring toilet paper. Bring a small bag, or pick one up at the gas station. Take a roll every time you visit the chemical toilets and leave it there until you get to your last. If more people did this it'd make one element of the awful toilets managable.

If you're camping, there's tons of room and it's pretty nice, just make sure to bring large water jugs. You can refill them every couple of days at the Wanapum State Park just South of Vantage, and you can use their $.50/minute showers too to wash off your gunk.

There's a g Taco Stand at George. Cheap and bona fide. Make it happen. Oh, and there's nothing else in George. Apr 11, 2012
Matt Perkins
Seattle, Washington
Matt Perkins   Seattle, Washington
The Washington Climbers Coalition (WCC) is raising money for a permanent toilet facility at Vantage. We have reached an agreement with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that they will support this project if climbers can fund it, and we believe it is long overdue.

This project is a joint effort of the WCC, the American Alpine Club, and the Mountaineers and, as of June 2012, we have raised $10,000 toward an estimated $50,000 project cost (we only started raising money in April with a formal fund raising kickoff in May).

We can do this!

The Washington Climbers Coalition update is here: washingtonclimbers.org

The American Alpine Club has information here:
chapters.americanalpineclub… Jun 9, 2012
What's vantage like right now? Can you get out there with 2wd? Jan 16, 2013
Yeah you can get in with a 2wd.not sure when you would need 4wd unless there is a ton of snow which. Is pretty rare. It's basically paved roads to dirt parking spots Feb 11, 2013
Telluride, CO
Lhotsa   Telluride, CO
These your keys?
Advantage in Vantage.
Jul 10, 2016
Connor Culver
Bellingham, WA
Connor Culver   Bellingham, WA
Can you use a Discover pass to park overnight at the campground at The Feathers? Nov 8, 2016
Jason Curtis
Seattle, WA
Jason Curtis   Seattle, WA
It occurred to me that it'd be nice to have a big, labeled poster of sunshine wall, both as a wall decoration and to help me find things. So I made one and brought it out this weekend. A lot of folks asked if I would sell them online, so here it is: zazzle.com/sunshine_wall_va… Apr 5, 2017
Can Any of you vantage climbers lead me to more information about the aincent lakes crags? Apr 5, 2018
there is a guidebook that has some info. IIRC it is "rock climbs of central washington" by rick labelle. Apr 5, 2018
Can anyone give me some beta on which walls get shade and which are sun or partial in the summer. Thanks guys! Jul 4, 2018