August 7-9, 2015 - Darrington, WA
Summer Meltdown is a 4-day music festival in Darrington, WA from August 6-9, 2015. The concerts take place at the amazing White Horse Amphitheater under the mid-blowing backdrop of White Horse Mountain. Northwest Mountain School is pleased to be offering rock climbing adventures during the day from Friday August 7th, through Sunday August 9th. A major goal of the festival is to "celebrate life and all of the beauty this region has to offer" particularly in wake of the tragic mudslide that struck the town of Oso, WA in 2014 down valley from the concert venue.
Rock Climbing at Summer Meltdown
Each trip is limited to 6 participants and will take place at Three O'Clock Rock, a short drive from Darrington. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn to rock climb with sampling a variety of crack and face climbs at this beautiful crag. Climbers with more experience can be accommodated on more challenging routes. We can also organize custom trips for a higher price if guides are still available at the time of registration. All programs are led by professional climbing guides.
|Rock Climbing Adventure at Summer Meltdown|
Performer lineup at Summer Meltdown includes:STS9, Iration, Tycho, Greensky Bluegrass, Galactic, Sol, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Slow Magic, The Motet, Minnesota, Phutureprimative, Lyrics Born, Yppah, Brothers Comatose, Fruition, Flowmotion, Current Swell, Surrealized, Cedar Teeth, Polecat, Delhi 2 Dublin, The Dip, Fear and Loathing, A Cedar Suede, The Warren G. Hardings, Valley Green, Choir of Crickets, Jon Wayne & the Pain, Acorn Project, Tubaluba, The Hooky's, Eldridge Gravey and the Court Supreme, Heels to the Hardwood, Theoretics, Goodbye Heart, Wildabeast, Beyond the Woods, School of Rock, The Wooden Sky, & Josh Clauson and Friends. Learn about the performers.
|Lead Climber at Three O'Clock Rock, Darrington, WA|
How the rock climbing adventures work:
Each day we will run two sessions. The first session will run from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and the second session will run from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Participants must pre-register and meet the guides at the Northwest Mountain School booth at the White Horse Amphitheater. Your guide will go over everything you need for the day and equip you with a climbing harness, helmet, and rock climbing shoes. We will then drive to the trailhead for the climbing area (about 30 minutes) and hike for about 30 minutes to the base of the crag. Our guides will have everything set up so that we can spend as much time climbing as possible. You will be taught how to belay, how to use your harness and helmet, and will get to climb a bunch of cool routes on top-rope. At the end of the clinic we will hike back to the trailhead and return everyone to the venue. You do not need previous climbing experience to participate, but you do need to be fit enough to him into the base of the climbs. By pre-registering we can send you all the pre-trip details you will need to start the day organized and ready for your adventure.
Cost: $75 per participant
What you get for $75: Use of all required climbing gear, training from the guides of the Northwest Mountain School, transportation to/from the concert venue and the climbing site.
Summer Meltdown Rock Climbing Adventure Schedule:
- Friday August 7, 2015
- Class 1: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Class 2: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday August 8, 2015
- Class 3: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Class 4: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday August 9, 2015
- Class 5: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Class 6: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
|Beautiful Granite at Three O'Clock Rock|
How to register: You can visit our website and register online or you can call the office at 509-548-5823 and book over the phone. You can also e-mail us directly with any questions. We expect this to fill quickly as the concert date approaches, so if you are interested be sure to reserve your spot.
Do I still need tickets to the Music Festival? Yes. The music festival is a separate event from the rock climbing and that requires a separate ticket. These can be obtained here. Visit the site for details. There are a range of options. $185 gets you a weekend pass for adults, $65 buys a weekend pass for youth ages 9-15 (8 and under are FREE). There are also options for camping with and without vehicles.
Tell me more about Three O'Clock Rock:
Northwest Mountain School began using this area for rock climbing in 1996 when we started running youth programs that rock climbed and then climbed Glacier Peak. Over the years the road fell into disrepair. In the wake of the Oso mudslide new resources were help the area recover and the road was improved and the Washington Climbers Coalitionhttp://www.washingtonclimbers.org, The Access Fund, and the Washington Trails Association worked on the trail to the crag. This built on previous efforts by the Everett Mountaineers, the Access Fund, the North Face, and the US Forest Service. The work they have done is admirable and regular use of this crag will contribute greatly to the local economy.
|2014 Volunteer Trail Crew at Eight Mile Creek Trailhead|
What if you don't want to climb?
There are also local companies offering Rafting Adventures and Horseback Riding Adventures at Summer Meltdown.