Seattle MAC - Climbing Trip - Vantage/Sunshine Wall

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Climbing Trip - Vantage/Sunshine Wall

Join MAC on a spring climbing trip to the Frenchman Coulee AKA Vantage! We will climb at the Sunshine Wall and/or Lower Sunshine Cliffs. This trip has prerequisites and registration limitations, see leader's notes for details.

  • Crag Rock Climb
  • Moderate
  • 18 (18 capacity)
  • FULL (3 capacity)
  • 3 (3 capacity)
  • Cancellation & Refund Policy

See trip sheet for confirmed details, available here within 2 weeks of the trip.

Tentative Plan: The group will depart Friday evening to camp at Vantage or Wanapum State Park in order to get a full day of climbing on Saturday. Climbing will conclude in the early to mid-afternoon on Sunday and everyone will be back to Seattle between 5-8pm.  


MAC students may register for ONE overnight climbing trip per month at first. When within 1 week of the trip, if spots remain, students may register for an additional trip. So pick this one or Tieton, but not both, until we're sure everyone has had a chance to join an overnight climbing trip. 

To indicate you have read and understand these terms, request leader's permission and state that you have read this entire activity page including Meeting Place & Time, Leader's Notes, and Required Equipment, and to signify that you will read the Trip Sheet when it is published within two weeks of the trip. 

This trip will be suitable for MAC students most excited about sport climbing, or who may be newer to climbing.


For spring-summer climbing trips: Attendance at all climbing workshops up to and including Anchors/Cleaning Routes and competence with lead belaying, lead climbing on bolts, anchors, and cleaning routes. Lead belaying badge (there is no "lead climbing" badge). The lead belaying badge signifies competence with the complete skill of lead climbing on bolts.  "Clean & Lower Badge", which signifies competence with building top rope anchors for bolted climbs and retrieving them when done climbing.


Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness that fits over the clothing you climb in
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • Backpack or bag that holds all of your gear

  • Small duffel bag for overnight gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent
  • Camp chair / sitting system
  • Pack cover or plastic bag for water repellence
  • Wool/synthetic socks (minimum of three pairs)
  • Boots (worn in with sturdy tread, seams, and laces)
  • Shorts (synthetic)
  • T-shirt (avoid cotton and save one for the ride home)
  • Long sleeve shirt (synthetic)
  • Long underwear (synthetic)
  • Warm Jacket (fleece or wool)
  • Warm pants (fleece or wool)
  • Extra warm/heavy super puffy layers for night
  • Waterproof shell (jacket and pants, breathable and a hood on the jacket)
  • For cold weather:
    • hand warmers


  • Stocking cap (wool or synthetic)
  • Brimmed hat
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Bandana or buff
  • Camp shoes
  • Sunglasses (polarized, broad spectrum UV protection)
  • Bowl, Cup, Spoon
  • Water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Headlamp/Flashlight (spare batteries)
  • Personal Hygiene items
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • Biodegradable soap
    • Gender specific items
    • Washcloth
    • Sunscreen
    • Comb
    • Personal Medications
  • Optional
    • Camera
    • Playing Cards
    • Hacky Sack
    • Frisbee
    • Journal and pen
    • Instruments (harmonica, etc)
    • Music to share with group
    • Hand warmers
Trip Reports