HomoClimbtastic Trip to the New River Gorge

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Red Rocks, Nevada, January 2010. Courtesy of HomoClimbtastic

Red Rocks, Nevada, January 2010. Courtesy of HomoClimbtastic

The Biggest, Queerest, and most HomoClimbtastic Trip Ever! The New River Gorge: July 15-28, 2010

HomoClimbtastic returns to the New River Gorge for four extraordinary days of climbing and homo-socializing in the mountains of West Virginia. The New River Gorge is one of the premier sport/trad climbing areas in North America, with more than 2,500 established routes on beautiful white, orange, and purple sandstone walls. The NRG is located in Fayetteville, West Virginia, (just Google Map it), although climbing areas extend along Hwy 19 to Summersville Lake and along the Meadow River. For more information about the NRG, please click here.

Some basic information:

HomoClimbtastic is organizing the biggest queer climbing convention evar, and we are eager to accommodate as many climbers as possible from all over the world. If you are planning to attend and climb with us, YOU MUST REGISTER: Click here to go to the registration form. (Even if you’ve filled out registration forms for earlier trips, you gotta fill out this one.)

The NRG is a sport and trad climbing area. No topropes can be set up without first leading the route. Thus, it is NOT a beginner area and is not a place to “learn to climb.” HC does not provide gear, guidance, or instruction of any kind. We are queer climbers who meet up to climb. We repeat: This is a queer CLIMBING trip.

Getting there: You can map it on Google and decide if you want to drive or fly. The closest airport is located in Beckley, West Virginia (about 20 miles south of Fayetteville). There are two daily flights from Washington Dulles. There is also an Avis car rental in the Beckley airport. Cheaper options are as follows: Flying into Charleston, Pittsburgh, or Dulles and driving or carpooling. Please check the Facebook discussion board for carpool options.

Accommodations: We have secured group rates at a hostel and a campground in Fayetteville, just minutes from the crags. Information is on the REGISTRATION form, which must be filled out if you plan to join us. Sometime after you register, you will get an email from us confirming your registration and giving you the details about the trip. One note: July is the rainiest month of the year at the New, so be prepared by bringing rain gear!

How many people are coming? We don’t know yet, but last year there were more than 30 queer climbers, and we expect many more this year.

When are we climbing? There are FOUR climbing days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Most people will arrive by Wednesday evening and depart on Monday. You are welcome to come early or stay longer, but will have to make your own arrangements.

What’s new this year? For one thing: We are having an “anti-comp” climbing competition with sponsors! That’s right: You’ll be able to compete homo-style and win great prizes through the support of H.C. sponsors Chaco, prAna, Beta Clothing Designs, Black Diamond, and Aveda.

Summersville Lake, the New River Gorge, July 2009. Courtesy of HomoClimbtastic

Summersville Lake, the New River Gorge, July 2009. Courtesy of HomoClimbtastic

HomoClimbtastic is a club for mostly queer rock climbers climbing somewhere in North America. It used to be true that the majority of our members were within an eight-hour drive of either West Virginia or Kentucky (homes to the New River Gorge and Red River Gorge, respectively). However, we’ve since taken hold of the entire continent. We now coordinate climbing trips from California and Nevada to Rumney and Arkansas.

By queer, that includes bisexuals, lesbians, ambisexuals, gays, trans’es, questioners, not quite straight people, amphibians with crushes on cephalopods, or however you define yourself. And the best part is, you don’t even have to be a queer! We’ll take anyone! But if you’re not queer, we require that you take a vow of silence to never speak of what you learn.

We mostly climb 11's and 12's and talk about really perverse things and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So, if you enjoy hard climbs and frank discussions about the possible merits of using Nutella as lube, then join us! And if you're not quite ready for that yet, then put yourself on a steady training schedule of climbing and John Waters films. We'll wait!

To see what we're up to, check out our Facebook club. If you've never climbed before or have only toproped, you'll need to learn a few more tricks before you can join the fun. We can hook you up with some instruction, particularly if you live close to any of the HC leaders or a local LGBT climbing club.

If you're rearin' to meet climbing queers and want to get on a trip, check out the trip info section for the details about meeting up with us. Lastly, if you want to write to us, check out the contact us page for contact information.