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Elihamblet

Gunks climber moving in, looking for a partner

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Just moving into the area from the east coast. Are there any local bouldering or climbing spots in or around omak, wa? Feel free to send a PM. Optimally looking for something which could serve as a training area during winter/spring.

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Mazama is the closest town with actual climbers living there. Visit the climbing shop there to get started, around an hour drive from Omak. Next - Skaha in Canada straight north. In spring and on I suspect that's where you'll be all the time, similar setup to Gunks but different climbing.

 

Winter cragging - depends what you want to train for. For Patagonia/Karakoram, get a snowmobile and http://www.supertopo.com/packs/washington-pass.html for starters :) Leavenworth too has a great(and advanced) all-around crowd, and plenty of climbing: rock, alpine, bouldering, ice. Under 2.5 hours drive from Omak.

 

Regular rock climbers in winter go to Vantage - basalt columns, cracks and bolted face, Index - granite, cracks and face climbs, Trout Creek - basalt columns, Smith Rock when it is dry and sunny. Over 3 hours and up from Omak in that order.

 

Twisp (under 1hr) has a great coffee shop - Blue Star Coffee, I will be there Jan 1-5, and might drive out to Mazama to look at the Goat Wall: in warm season has very nice climbs, including multi-pitch, now - waterfall ice.

 

Welcome to Washington.

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Thank you so much for the local beta, I was begining to dispair over the lack of climbing!

 

Glad to hear there is a Gunks quality destination, never heard of it but I will sure be checking it out!

 

Also, basic partner info:

I have a rack rope and ride, climb 5.10 trad and boulder v5.

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So I'm in Riverside, WA now. Looking for someone that would like to do some winter cragging, or bouldering perhaps up in McLaughlin Canyon(or anywhere else nearby!). Feel free to send a PM. I've got one Pad.

 

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