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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 retreat 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 5.4-5.9 range.
Yoga is one of the most accessible ways to improve at rock climbing. It increases flexibility, builds strength, promotes balance, and helps calm the mind. We will be offering an hour and a half yoga class after climbing Friday and Saturday. All yoga instructors we partner with are familiar with climbing and will focus on a practice designed to restore and bring balance to the body after a full day of climbing.
We love to eat! And we love supporting local businesses. At each retreat we work with local restaurants to offer the best tasting food Anacortes has to offer. We will either order individual meals from restaurants to bring back to camp or go out to one of the restaurants together. Whatever we end up with we will make sure you're well fed with tasty options. And don't worry - we can accommodate those with food restrictions*.
We provide a simple breakfast of bagels & cream cheese (GF and Vegan options provided), eggs, grain free granola, yogurt, fruit and nuts.
For lunch we will be providing sandwiches and provide a variety of snacks and bars.
*Read our FAQ at the bottom of this page for more information on dietary accommodations
Pull up a camp chair, place it facing north, sit down and stay a while. Bay View State Park on Padilla Bay overlooks the San Juan Islands and offers up magnificent views of the archipelago. On clear or partially clear evenings, the skies light up and cast the islands in silhouette against the bright sunset colors.
Into active adventures? Get out on the water for sailboarding, waterskiing, paddle sports, fishing and swimming. Looking for relaxation? Lounge in camping chairs or enjoy the porch swing in your rental cabin.
This tiny park has a larger, interesting neighbor: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve makes up 11,000 acres of the bay and draws students, scientists, activists and citizens for research, education, awareness and training. This reserve is one of five such protected areas in the western United States. Its habitat includes open waters, eelgrass beds, intertidal bays, uplands, freshwater sloughs and high salt marsh.
Countless marine animals call the area home. The Breazeale Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, located half-mile from the park, allows families and children to view and interact with the estuary through a series of exhibits and hands-on activities.
Choose between sleeping in a bed in one of the cabins or camping. We provide tents, sleeping bags, and a camping mattress for a small fee. We do ask that participants bring their own pillows.
The cabins are quite basic and small (12 x 12 ft). Inside you will find a double bed, and one bunk bed. The cabins are heated with a night stand, lamp, and small table. The cabins do not have their own restroom but are about a two minute walk from a restroom with sinks, toilets, and showers.
GETTING TO BAY VIEW STATE PARK:
The property we will be staying at is located in Anacortes, Washington - approximately one and a half hours north of Seattle.
We will provide detailed directions in the sign up packet.
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 4 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 strongly recommend purchasing “cancel for any reason” trip insurance to protect your investment. This must be done within two weeks from the date of registration. Ripcord and travelX are two companies that we recommend as well as the companies in THIS article.
We know you love your fur babies but unfortunately, we cannot allow pets on any of our group trips or clinics.
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 the majority 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 4x.
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."