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REI Climbing Demo/Clinic

Leavenworth, WA

June 12-14, 2006


I spent three great days climbing in Leavenworth with my co-workers from REI. Loren, Andy, Scott, Amber, Melinda, Melissa, and I all represented the Seattle store at this two day clinic/demo. Here are a few pictures from the trip. More to come....ha ha!

June 12, 2006

Loren, Scott, Andy, and I all drove over to Leavenworth Monday morning to do some climbing before the clinic/demo began later that evening. REI employees from all over the state came to spend Tuesday and Wednesday climbing and trying out new products from great companies such as Black Diamond, Montrail, Trango, Prana, Five-Ten, among others.

We set our sites on the classic three pitch climb, Midway on Castle Rock. The first pitch was a little wet, so this added some challenge to the "5.5" rating.

The weather threatened a few times with light sprinkles, but it never fully opened up and rained on us. Loren and I took the orginal winding route up the second pitch while Scott and Andy took the Direct route on top rope. We had great time climbing this Leavenworth Classic and spent some time on the top just taking in the views.

That evening we drove up Icicle Creek Road to Eight Mile Campground where we met the rest of our group from the Seattle store. We got to meet lot's of employees from the various stores. Alderwood, Redmond, Kennewick, Bellingham, Southcenter, Tacoma, and Spokane were all represented.

After each night after dinner we were treated to a slideshow. The first evening local climber Jim Yoder gave a great presentation on some popular climbing areas and also some little known climbing areas in Oregon and Washington.

June 13-14, 2006

The next morning we split into three groups and spent 2 hours climbing at Mountaineers Dome, Barney's Rubble, and a third place I can't remember! Guides from Mountain Madness as well as reps from the various companies had already set up top ropes so all we did was show up and climb. It was great meeting all of these people and talking gear with them. At one station we met Kate Rutherford, a Prana sponsored athlete.

The second evening slideshow was by Malcolm Daly who shared his experience of surviving a 150' fall while attempting a new route on Mt Hunter in the Alaska Range with his partner, Jim Donini. His amazing story can be read here.