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 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).
  • The 2022 Mountaineers Internal Lottery results are now final. Please select the Vantage tab to view the results for this location. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2022, please check this spreadsheet before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling and that there is no other course that already has priority.

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

Crag Rock Climb - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Trip
Placeholder for a day of cragging and practicing some skills. Please read leader's notes before
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Dec 11, 2021
Prerequisites
3 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Nov 30
Seattle Branch

Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Rock Climbing - 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 11, 2022 - Sat, Mar 12, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Mar 9
Seattle Branch

Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Rock Climbing - 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 19, 2022 - Sun, Mar 20, 2022
No Prerequisites
10 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Dec 6; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Intro to Rock - Field Trip - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Rock Climbing Course
Intro to Rock - Field Trip to local crag
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
No Prerequisites
12 participants 5 instructors
Registration opens Jan 1; Instructor registration open now
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
Sat, Mar 26, 2022 - Sun, Mar 27, 2022
Prerequisites
6 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Mar 25
Kitsap Branch

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

Youth & Climbing Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Practice our climbing and rope skills, with car camping
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Mar 26, 2022 - Sun, Mar 27, 2022
No Prerequisites
13 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Mar 24
Tacoma Branch

Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Rock Climbing - 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, Apr 1, 2022 - Sat, Apr 2, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
8 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Mar 30
Seattle Branch

Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Rock Climbing - The Feathers

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants
Registration opens Apr 8
Seattle Branch

Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Rock Climbing - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Cairnes SIG Field Trip - SIG ROCK (Rock Climbing, Belay, Rappel, & Anchors)
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Apr 10, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 8
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 and true
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 23, 2022 - Sun, Apr 24, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
10 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Feb 16; Instructor registration open now
Everett Branch

Rock II - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Rock the rock and practice your skills.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Apr 23, 2022 - Sun, Apr 24, 2022
No Prerequisites
28 participants 6 instructors
Registration closes Apr 21
Bellingham Branch

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

Climbing Field trip: Basic AlpineClimbing Course
Olympia Basic Climbing Course - Rock Weekend
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 14, 2022
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 6 instructors
Registration closes May 12
Olympia Branch

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

Climbing Field trip: Basic AlpineClimbing Course
Olympia Basic Climbing Course - Rock Weekend
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, May 15, 2022
No Prerequisites
12 participants 10 instructors
Registration closes May 13
Olympia Branch

TAC PAT - Activity - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Youth Youth activity: Pathfinders
Monthly field trips that enable Pathfinders to practice newly learned skills.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 28, 2022 - Sun, May 29, 2022
No Prerequisites
9 participants
Registration closes May 26
Tacoma Branch

Tacoma Explorers Camping & Climbing Trip - Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Youth Field trip: Tacoma Explorers
A car camping trip with some climbing and hiking!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, May 28, 2022 - Sun, May 29, 2022
Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes May 26
Tacoma 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 7, 2022
No Prerequisites
16 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Mar 1; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
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  • The Sunshine Wall
  • The Feathers
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