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

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, Apr 10, 2021 - Sun, Apr 11, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors 1 chaperone
Registration closed 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
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closed 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 closed Apr 9
Seattle Branch

Intermediate Rock Climbing Field Trip - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Leading on Rock
A field trip to a cragging location suitable for practicing single or multi-pitch lead climbing
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Prerequisites
3 participants 1 instructor
Registration closed Apr 9
Kitsap Branch

Seattle Basic SIG ROCK FT (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors) - The Feathers

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
SIG Field Trip - SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 17, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants 5 instructors
Registration closed Feb 28
Seattle Branch

Rock 2 Field Trip - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Get on rock and practice the basics.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 24, 2021 - Sun, Apr 25, 2021
No Prerequisites
14 participants 10 instructors
Registration closes Apr 22
Bellingham Branch

Tacoma Explorers Climbing - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Tacoma Explorers
Tacoma Explorers Climbing
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Apr 22
Tacoma 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
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Apr 22
Tacoma Branch

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

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
SIG Field Trip - KD's SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 1, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 26
Seattle 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
0 participants 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 4 - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Compressed Basic Alpine Climbing
Second field trip for the Compressed Basic Alpine Climbing course.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Mon, May 10, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Apr 11
Olympia Branch

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

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
SIG Field Trip - KD's SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, May 16, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes May 6
Seattle 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
Sat, May 22, 2021 - Sun, May 23, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants on waitlist 0 chaperones
Registration closed Nov 12
Olympia Branch

Traditional Climbing Educator Assessment - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Clinic
This activity is for Mountain Education Alliance LEAD applicants.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 22, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants
Registration opens May 21
The Mountaineers Branch

Traditional Climbing Educator Assessment - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Clinic
This activity is for Mountain Education Alliance LEAD applicants.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, May 23, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants
Registration opens May 21
The Mountaineers Branch

Intensive Basic Climbing Course Lectures & Field Trips - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Intensive Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Intensive Basic Climbing Course Lectures & Field Trips - Seattle
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Tue, Jun 8, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes Jun 6
Seattle Branch

Intensive Basic Climbing Course Lectures & Field Trips - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Intensive Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Intensive Basic Climbing Course Lectures & Field Trips - Seattle
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Wed, Jun 9, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes Jun 7
Seattle Branch

CBC 4 - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Compressed Basic Alpine Climbing
Field trip for the Compressed Basic Alpine Climbing course
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Mon, Jun 21, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant 1 instructor
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 1 instructor on waitlist
Registration closes Jul 8
Foothills Branch
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  • The Sunshine Wall
  • The Feathers
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