Supporters included Solid Rock Climbers for Christ, Washington Alpine Club, Spokane Mountaineers, The Mazamas, Bushwacker Climbing Club, Petzl, Second Ascent, Feathered Friends, Leavenworth Mountain Association, North Face, Vertical World, Stone Gardens, Nectar Lounge, Edgeworks, Tri-City Court Club, REI-Kennewick, and Central Washington University.
Installing a toilet is not as easy as you might think. We had to complete a cultural resource inventory and had a septic designer survey four potential sites. The vaults for these toilets are sunk into solid rock and, given the fractured rock we experience while climbing there, you might be surprised to learn that the basalt at Frenchman Coulee is much harder than granite. We took it one step at a time, though, and we know this will make your climbing experience better.
The land at Frenchman Coulee is managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. They are gradually turning toward more active recreation management but they do not have funding or manpower to support the number of visitors at Frenchman Coulee without our support. The Washington Climbers Coalition has been doing trail projects and crag cleanups here for 15 years. We’ve publicized nesting closures and urged climbers to be thoughtful about bringing dogs to the crag. We ask all who use this area to take care of it and we will continue to assist land managers here and elsewhere so that they can support climbing access in a sustainable manner.