If you’re a climber in the Pacific Northwest, then May is the Month for you. From Washington to Arizona, the Northwest boasts a number of great climbing events and getaways you certainly don’t want to miss.
Vertical World Spring Rendezvous
May 2, 12-7 p.m.
To start the month out right, the folks at Vertical World in Redmond, Wash., are hosting their Third Annual Spring Rendezvous and Member Appreciation Day. This celebration is a great way to connect with others in the climbing world, whether you’re an experienced climber or just getting started. Food and drinks will be provided, and Vertical World staff will be on hand to teach mini-courses, demo equipment and raffle off prizes. Admission is free for members. For more information, call 425-881-8826.
Rain City Send
University of Washington
May 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The University of Washington will host Rain City Send, a day of climbing, community and competition for any student or faculty member of any Northwest college or university. Divisions range from Beginner to Advanced, with an awards ceremony at the end of the day. Registration fees are $25 if you sign up before May 5, $30 for day-of registration.
Ski to Sea
Okay, so the Ski to Sea event held every year in Bellingham, WA, isn’t just for climbers. It’s also for skiers, cyclists, runners and kayakers. This popular event consists of a seven-leg relay race in which eight team members will make their way from the top of Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay.
For other great climbing events throughout the summer, check out the Cascade Climbers event calendar. As always when you enjoy the great outdoors, stay safe, and make sure all of your essential outdoor equipment is updated and in good working order before you go.
[photo: Tony Crider]