Climbers scale sheer face of Frenchman Coulee near Vantage

Climbers scale sheer face of Frenchman Coulee near Vantage

Credit: Michael Bendtsen

Basalt ridge looking southeast

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by SUSAN WYATT / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:06 AM

The winter sunshine in Eastern Washington brought out the rock climbers over the weekend.

Michael Bendtsen was out with his camera and captured images of the climbers as they made their way up the sheer face of the Frenchman Coulee, located between Vantage and George.

"The Feathers," a single row of huge basalt columns, is a popular rock-climbing area.

The pillars were formed by erosion during the last ice age. The carving of the walls occurred during the floods that followed the retreat of the ice some 12,000 years ago.

According to www.summitpost.org, there are more than 700 climbing routes in the area.

Directions to Frenchman Coulee

From Ellensburg, drive east on Interstate 90 to exit 143. After exiting, turn left under the freeway. At 0.8 mile, turn left onto Vantage Road. Drive 2.7 miles to the parking area on the right (north) side of the road. A Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife permit is required.
 

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