Monday, 20 June 2016

Leavenworth Climbing

Our next stop was Leavenworth, WA. It's been quite a few years since we've climbed here so we were looking forward to a return trip, combined with some paragliding. Unfortunately the logistics of flying (plus weather) didn't work out but we got in a couple more good days of climbing.

We did trad routes one day and sport routes another day. Unlike at Smith Rock, the climbing is quite spread out and it's often a bit challenging just to follow the guidebook directions to get to the climbs. We scouted the approaches to both locations the afternoon we arrived and then had both completely to ourselves for climbing which was really nice!

At the top of one of the three-pitch trad climbs. Great views of the Wenatchee River.
Wenatchee River and the highway to Seattle.

Andrew and his yellow helmet can barely be seen at the bottom of the climb.
A "selfie"
Waiting to rappel.
Between climbing days there was a day of pouring rain! We spent the afternoon at Silvara Vineyards where singer/songwriter/guitarist David Flett was playing. He was very good and it's a lovely location -- a large airy building with patio overlooking the valley and lots of wildflowers blooming.
At Silvera Winery
Sport climbing in the Icicle River valley.
A fun layback at the start of the climb.

Now we are back in Canada with another few days of holidays left, checking the weather and trying to decide what to do and where to go.

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