Elevation: 1,115 ft
GPS: 47.028, -119.9651
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Shared By: Luke Stefurak on Feb 2, 2006 · Updates
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Description

The Feathers is beginner central at Vantage, but it hasn't always been that way. The obvious line of freestanding pillars was the first rock explored by 1940s climbers. However, the poor quality of the see-through, chossy cracks drew the next generations away to Sunshine, Zig Zag and Middle East walls. It wasn't until the advent of rap-bolted sport climbs that the potential of the Feathers' aretes and faces was realized. A host of climbers, and later predominately Leland Windham, climbed most of the sport routes at the Feathers in the late 80s and early 90s. Included were the popular Satan's Wagon, Hardening of the Arteries, and Don Coyote. In recent years the trend has been toward establishing more moderate routes.

The Feathers are seconds away from parking with a pleasant belay area, offer plenty of routes, and allow for climbing in hot or cold temperatures. Consequently, they are very, very busy. (If you're looking for similar amenities and solitude, the Gallery is similar but with a tenth of the routes.) One thing to be aware of here is the high first bolts: whether part of the FA's modus operandi or to prevent hanger theft, most bolted routes appear intended to be stick clipped.

Getting There

This formation is easily seen from the parking lot/campground. Try to stay on the marked trail to avoid erosion.

56 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Feathers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a
 85
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Sport
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 106
Mandatory Suicide
Sport
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 122
Updrafts to Heaven
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 103
Beckey Route
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 72
Altar of Sacrifice
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 128
Satan's Little Helper
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 180
The Uprising
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 243
Don Coyote
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 114
Jesus Saves
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 156
Desert Shield
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 145
Medicine Man
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 113
Blood Blister
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 134
Dance of the Shaman
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 180
Satan's Wagon
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 130
Hardening of the Arteries
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Where the Sidewalk Ends N Side
 85
5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a Sport
Mandatory Suicide N Side
 106
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport
Updrafts to Heaven S Side
 122
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport
Beckey Route N Side
 103
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Altar of Sacrifice N Side
 72
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Satan's Little Helper N Side
 128
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Uprising N Side
 180
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Don Coyote S Side
 243
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Jesus Saves N Side
 114
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Desert Shield N Side
 156
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Medicine Man S Side
 145
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Blood Blister N Side
 113
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Dance of the Shaman S Side
 134
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Satan's Wagon N Side
 180
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Hardening of the Arteries S Side
 130
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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