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Whiskey Dick Mountain Bike Ride

Big views, some “techy” dirt roads, desert flowers in bloom, and hopefully dry & sunny weather. That’s the idea behind this ride in mid-April in the shrub steppe near Vantage, WA. It should appeal to those who like the desert, feel comfortable being out in remote places...

+2 2 votes

Climbing and Brownies

It has been a solid year since I last went rock climbing. A part of me wonders, if I haven't gone for a year maybe I don't enjoy it as much as I thought I did? Surely I would have made more of an effort to climb if I liked it a ton.                                     ...

+3 3 votes

Hiking the Ginkgo Petrified Forest

There are two main trails near Vantage in the Ginkgo Petrified Forest, one of the world's largest petrified forests. The first is the Ginkgo Interpretive Trail, a flat but interesting three-mile stroll. The Backcountry Trail, meanwhile, is five miles long and takes you past more petrified logs and accesses more viewpoints overlooking the Columbia River.
+3 3 votes

The Vantage Advantage

There are times in the late fall, winter, and early spring when the trails of the high Cascades, as well as those throughout and the Wenatchee Valley, are a combination of snowy, rainy, and muddy. So what are trail enthusiasts to do? Answer: Head to Vantage.

+4 4 votes

Vantage - Sand Dune Hike

The cliff-lined coulees and desert landscape around Frenchman Coulee (near Vantage) gives visitors lots of distractions. Between the Spaghetti Western setting, the geology sculpted by the Ice Age Floods, the rock climbing activity, and the sand dunes, there's no shortage of things to see on this short outing.

+9 9 votes

Vantage: April in January

John Plotz, Mark Shipman, Bill Wicheta and Curt Haire experienced April in January at Vantage on Monday.  John sent us a few pictures and wrote "the sun was out, the rock was warm, the crack climbing wonderful at the King Pins."  Now that's a good Monday.


+6 8 votes

A Troika of Mark

Apologies to those of you who looked at this post earlier and found it utterly unintelligible. We've fixed this story about the Three Marks who went out climbing and found it quite reMarkable to have three amigos of the same name roped together. That opened the door for some awful word play.

+8 8 votes

School of Rock 3

Charlie Hickenbottom, a local elementary school teacher, is teaching his peers a thing or two about higher learning. Recently the 'School of Rock' he started for his fellow teachers met for the third consecutive year on the stone walls of Vantage.


+11 11 votes

Babcock Bench Badweather Bailout

When the weathermen put the local chance of rain at 100 percent, most of our cohorts opted to boost their marital stock and attack the honey-do list. Tom Janisch and I, ever the lousy husbands, headed for one of the driest crannies of the state -- the Babcock Bench near Vantage. Our wives despise us, but our outing unearthed some new rides and hikes.
+14 14 votes

Frenchman Coulee - Intro

Our Selected Climbs of Frenchman Coulee was written by Marc Dilley, a Wenatchee-based climber well-versed in the area's routes and natural history. This guide not only informs you about the area, it highlights the best walls and the best climbs on those walls.