Ice Climbing in Drury Falls Climb, Wenatchee, Washington USA

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Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in North Central Washington and lies on the west side of the Columbia River. The city is also known as the Apple Capital of the world, due to the valley's many apple cultivations.

Drury Falls is considered to be one of the crown jewels of Washington’s ice climbing. The position of the waterfalls and the possible approach difficulties, combined with high avalanche danger and a long descent, make this spot an extreme adventure for nature lovers.

There are two distinct sections to climb. The lower section can be climbed in two moderate, full length pitches. After the second pitch, you reach the base of the upper falls. You will have to go through a wide area with almost 500 ft/152 m of steep climbing. Once you reach the top of the falls, there are two descent options.

You can either walk off to climber’s right with a short rappel, or make a lengthy more difficult rappel and down climb back to the base of the waterfall. Drury Falls is an amazing ice climbing experience, suitable for all skill levels, but climbers should not underestimate any part of this adventure and always check the weather conditions. Climbers should take a 196 ft/60 m rope and headlamps with them.

How to Get to Destination

145mi/233km, 2hours and 23min
Head East on I-90 E and take exit 85 to WA-970 N towards Wenatchee. Turn left on WA-10/WA-970 and enter US-2 E/US-97 N and continue towards N Wenatchee Ave.
BY CAR FROM Wenatchee
25.7mi/41.3km, 31mins
From N Wenatchee Ave drive towards US-2 W/US-97 S and stay on US-2 W until you see mile marker 97. Drury Falls are easily visible from the side of US 2 on Tumwater Canyon, about 3 miles east of the Tumwater Campground. Parking is not available where the falls are most easily visible, so climbers must walk along side the highway from pullouts approximately 500 feet in either direction from the mouth of Fall Creek.
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/234km from Wenatchee Town

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airport, the King Street Train Station is a perfect way to get to Wenatchee. The station offers an enclosed waiting area, with restrooms, ATM and a ticket office. It is located at 303 South Jackson Street.


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