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Mt. Erie is one of the best outdoor climbing areas to learn to climb. With its high density of beginner routes and jaw dropping views, this location is by far the best option to break into the sport in Washington. Guiding will be available for a variety of skill levels, taught by instructors trained through either the AMGA or PCGI. This weekend is geared toward beginners, those who have only climbed in a gym OR those who have never tried rock climbing at all. Advanced climbers are welcome to join, but we will be sticking to the 5.4-5.10 range.
We will be camping at the Slug Ranch, a beautiful property in Anacortes, Washington located 5 minutes from our climbing destination and 10 minutes from the beach. There is an outdoor bathroom and a simple (read cold) outdoor shower. Two dogs live on the property and will most likely be running around during the day. We provide tents, sleeping bags, and a twin size air mattress for a small fee. We do ask that participants bring their own pillows.
GETTING TO SLUG RANCH:
The Ranch is located only 5 minutes from Mt Erie and 10 minutes from downtown Anacortes! We will provide more detailed instructions closer to the event date.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
The majority of women come to our retreats alone - somewhere around 90%. If you are hesitating to join because you would be coming solo, please know that we expect a majority of our participants to be joining by themselves, seeking community.
We generally have a wide range of ages at our retreats. The average tends to fall anywhere between the ages of 28 to 45. But we have had quite a few women in their 60's join as well. It really is up to the attitude and physical ability of the participant.
ABSOLUTELY. We will have at least 3 instructors at the retreat so that we can accommodate a wide range of abilities. In fact, teaching people the basics of rock climbing is what we do best. The entire ethos of She Moves Mountains guiding is to remember what it felt like to try climbing for the first time. It's intimidating, but we will be with you ever step of the way.
Yes we have 2 types of payment options:
Please visit our PAYMENT PLAN page for more information.
We have a very strict cancellation policy. Please review it before committing to this retreat.
We know you love your fur babies but unfortunately, we cannot allow pets on any of our group trips or clinics.
It depends. To be permitted to lead at one of our retreats you must confirm that you have led at least ten routes outside or have taken a lead climbing class & have led a minimum of 30 climbs indoors. We will also require that you demonstrate your skills by mock leading a route without back clipping, z-clipping, or having the rope behind your ankle.
If you haven't led outside before and would like to work toward this on the retreat we can focus on these skills through a lead simulation but we will not permit new leaders to lead at our Camp & Climb.
All of our retreats are rain or snow or smoke or shine. We do our best to choose dates where this won't be an issue, but it's always a possibility. Even more so with the changing climate. If poor weather occurs we will propose alternative activities such as movement skills at the climbing gym, technical skills lessons such as anchor building or multi-pitch clinics, or hiking.
If poor weather will ruin your experience we suggest that you purchase "cancel for any reason" trip protection as we will not be providing any refunds due to weather related issues.
We aren't experts in this area as this is not the lived experience of our current instructor team. But we want you here and we are committed to making your experience a positive one.
If you can:
CLIMBING IS FOR YOU!
Currently the most limiting factor is the ability to fit into a harness. We have harnesses that can accommodate up to a 45inch waist. We are looking into getting a fleet of fully adjustable harnesses before next season starts.
If you want to learn more from plus sized climbers I highly recommend looking into Climb Big. Climb Big is an organization with a mission to "Make climbing more accessible for fat folx."