Dry Falls

Sixth grade soaks up the sun in Vantage

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The sixth grade traveled to Vantage in central Washington for a week of camping, climbing, hiking and studying of geology. The students had the opportunity to visit Dry Falls as well as Lake Lenore Caves.

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Students climbed a variety of routes on basalt rock formations in Vantage and had the opportunity to rappel as a final culminating challenge.

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Each evening the trail groups would meet to reflect on and savor their new experiences. The educational focus of the trip was studying the mega floods of the ice ages that carved the landscape during several catastrophic flood events.

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Student spent the week looking for evidence of the floods, such as hanging valleys and erratic boulders.

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Everyone on the trip returned to Westside sun kissed, full of energy and new memories and feeling closer as a community.  

Sixth grade bravely climbed, rappelled, and explored!

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Last week, the sixth grade traveled to central Washington with the YMCA and Westside School faculty Lauren, Glyn, Jason, and Colleen. The group explored and adventured around Dry Falls, Lenora Caves, Vantage, Frenchman’s Coulee and Ginkgo Petrified Forest. Students were able to witness and experience a unique desert landscape created by the Ice Age Missoula Floods, all the while pushing their limits and comfort zones while camping and climbing!
Brave and strong sixth grade students advanced their knowledge of climbing and belaying, and learned to rappel!

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The community, responsibility, and enthusiasm shown at the climbing wall transferred to camp life as well, where students helped to cook each meal, and practiced the principles of Leave No Trace.
In their down time, students hiked to caves, sand dunes and waterfalls, played games, and relaxed by the Columbia River. A wonderful week was had by all!