Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Vantage, more correctly known as Frenchman Coulee, is a climbing area that has sport and trad routes from 5.4 to 5.12. There are several different areas to climb including The Feathers, Sunshine Wall, Riverview Park, Fugs Wall, etc.

GETTING THERE

Take Exit 143 for Silica Rd. off the I-90.  Take a left onto Silica Rd., and then in 0.8 mile take a left onto Vantage Rd.  The Feathers climbing area is about 1.3 miles down Vantage Rd. on the left, and the main parking area for the rest of the Vantage climbing areas is just a little further on the left. 

guidebook

  • Frenchman Coulee: A Rock Climbers' Guide, 4th ed by Brenden Sullivan & Jim Yoder (Vertical Press 2019).

INFORMATION for leaders

INTERNAL CLIMBING LOTTERY

  • This is a very popular climbing area. If you are listing a trip, please first review the relevant Internal Lottery Results document below
  • The 2020 Vantage Internal Lottery results are now final. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2020, please check this document before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling, or that there is no other course that already has priority in the internal lottery for your date(s).
  • The 2021 Vantage Internal Lottery results are now final. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2021, please check this document before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling, or that there is no other course that already has priority in the internal lottery for your date(s).

scheduling & permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the recommended party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips below to see if there is another group already booked on the day you are booking and coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and dividing yourself into small groups at different crags.
  •  Please write the crags you plan to be at in your summary, so that they show up in the overview.
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Rock Climb
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Map
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Seattle Basic SIG ROCK FT (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors) - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
SIG Field Trip - SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Feb 27, 2021 - Sun, Feb 28, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 2 instructors
Registration closes Feb 25
Seattle Branch

Seattle Basic SIG ROCK FT (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors) - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Englund SIG Field Trip - SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Fri, Mar 5, 2021 - Sat, Mar 6, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
9 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Seattle Basic SIG ROCK FT (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors) - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
SIG Field Trip - SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Mar 6, 2021 - Sun, Mar 7, 2021
No Prerequisites
4 participants
Registration closes Mar 5
Seattle Branch

Seattle Basic SIG ROCK FT (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors) - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
SIG Field Trip - SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors) for Kari Vanderbilt's
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Mar 6, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Mar 4
Seattle Branch

Seattle Basic SIG ROCK FT (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors) - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
SIG Field Trip - SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Mar 7, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 1 instructor
Registration closes Mar 5
Seattle Branch

Seattle Basic SIG ROCK FT (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors) - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
SIG Field Trip - SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 - Sat, Mar 13, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant 2 instructors
Registration closes Mar 11
Seattle Branch

Seattle Basic SIG ROCK FT (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors) - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Stoury/Arnold SIG Field Trip - SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Mar 13, 2021 - Sun, Mar 14, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 12
Seattle Branch

Seattle MAC - Climbing Trip - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
Climb with us at a local crag. This trip has prerequisites. See leaders notes for
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Mar 20, 2021 - Sun, Mar 21, 2021
No Prerequisites
22 participants 4 chaperones
Registration opens Jan 20
Seattle Branch

TAC MAC Climbing/Camping Trip - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Practice our climbing and rope skills, with car camping
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Mar 27, 2021 - Sun, Mar 28, 2021
No Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors 1 chaperone
Registration closes Mar 25
Tacoma Branch

Intermediate Rock Climbing Field Trip - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Leading on Rock
A field trip to a Frenchman Coulee for single pitch climbing, primarily on bolted routes.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Prerequisites
4 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Apr 8
Kitsap Branch

Seattle Basic SIG ROCK FT (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors) - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
SIG Field Trip - SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Apr 11, 2021 - Mon, Apr 12, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Apr 9
Seattle Branch

TAC PAT- Youth Activity - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Youth Youth activity: Pathfinders
A monthly activity that allows the Tacoma Pathfinders to practice new skills.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Apr 22
Tacoma Branch

Leading On Rock 2, Everett Intermediate Course - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Leading On Rock
In this field trip students build omni-directional anchors and three-point anchors, mock lead trad routes,
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 1, 2021 - Sun, May 2, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 4 instructors
Registration closes Apr 29
Everett Branch

Intro to Rock - Field Trip - The Feathers

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Rock Climbing Course
Intro to Rock - Field Trip to local crag
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 8, 2021
No Prerequisites
4 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Apr 12
Seattle Branch

CBC Field Trip 4 - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Compressed Basic Alpine Climbing
First field trip for the Compressed Basic Alpine Climbing course, may be overnight or two
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Mon, May 10, 2021 - Tue, May 11, 2021
No Prerequisites
7 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Apr 11
Olympia Branch

BC Field Trip #6: Rock Weekend - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Olympia Basic Climbing Course - Rock Weekend
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 15, 2021
No Prerequisites
18 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Jan 31
Olympia Branch

BC Field Trip #6: Rock Weekend - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Olympia Basic Climbing Course - Rock Weekend
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, May 16, 2021
No Prerequisites
18 participants 7 instructors
Registration closes Jan 31
Olympia Branch

Olympia Explorers Overnight - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Youth Field trip: Explorers-Olympia
With this overnight trip, we will split into two groups, each with a focus of
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, May 23, 2021 - Mon, May 24, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants on waitlist 0 chaperones
Registration closed Nov 12
Olympia Branch

CBC Field Trip 4 - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Compressed Basic Alpine Climbing
First field trip for the Compressed Basic Alpine Climbing course
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Mon, Jun 21, 2021 - Tue, Jun 22, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes May 11
Olympia Branch

Sport Climbing FT #3 - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Sport Climbing
We'll take everything you've learned so far and put it to practice by going cragging.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Jul 10, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant 2 instructors
Registration closes Jul 8
Foothills Branch
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Titles

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  • The Sunshine Wall
  • The Feathers
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