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18th Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo: February 26, 2011The 18th annual Hueco Rock Rodeo is happening on Saturday, February 26! So bring all your friends down to El Paso, Texas, for some great temps and amazing climbing! Pre-registration prices are $50 for men and $35 for women (girls get $15 off this year!). Day-of prices are $60 for men and $50 for women. This year’s special attractions: A new ‘Level Field’ format that eliminates the sandbagging and gives beginners as good of a chance to walk away with ca$h and goods as the pros! Armenian First Ascent Open Festival: May 21-31, 2011The Armenian First Ascent Open Festival was first held in July 2009. This festival, organized by local climbing club “Up The Rocks,” is intended to develop the rock climbing culture in Armenia, while at the same time promoting climbing at the local rock formations through the development of new routes. 2010 Arc’Teryx Bozeman Ice Climbing FestivalThe 14th Annual Arc’Teryx Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival will be held Dec 9-12 in Hyalite Canyon and the Emmerson Cultural Center and features a stellar line-up of clinics, slide shows, gear demos, and athletes. As always, our Women’s Clinic features some of the best gals in the business with Majka Burhardt, Caroline George, Sarah Hueniken, Lilla Molner, Mattie Sheafor, and Emily Stifler teaching skills clinics. Paradox Sports Speaking Series Presents: Three Men, Three Histories, One GoalParadox Sports is proud to announce three evenings of unique stories from three physically disabled, but truly inspiring individuals. Chad Butrick, Timmy O’Neill, and Philippe Ribière each share 20-minutes on the adaptive process in life and climbing. Join these three men as they share their extraordinary stories and their one goal: to adapt, thrive and inspire. Raleigh Rampage ABS Comp 2010On November 20th, Triangle Rock Club (TRC), a public indoor climbing gym and fitness center, will be hosting their fall bouldering competition: the “Raleigh Rampage.” Any and all are invited to come play, compete, watch, or just hang around for the festivities. For bouldering veterans, this is the contest of the season. For beginners, the competition is a great introduction to a fascinating sport. Sixth Annual Adventure Film FestivalJourney into the imagination at the Sixth Annual Adventure Film Festival premiering November 18-20, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado. Sail from Argentina to Antarctica to ski down untouched mountains, then navigate through Russia’s monster mosquitos, ferocious grizzly bears, and decommissioned soviet helicopters to ﬁnd mouse-eating Rainbow trout, and discover Kabul’s unique cultural wonders while riding a skateboard through its narrow, crooked streets.14th Annual Yank-N-Yard Climbing Comp, Stone Age Climbing Gym The Yank-n-Yard has become a long standing tradition at Stone Age, and it has grown every year for 14 years running. This year will be bigger and better than ever with fresh holds, crazy features, an outdoor climbing zone, a huge prize raffle, and the largest cash purse ever seen in New Mexico. This year we are offering two levels of competition: Open and Citizens. There will be a men’s and a women’s category in each. The Citizens level will be subdivided into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced categories. Triple Crown Bouldering Series 2010 – Hound Ears Wrap-upThis past Saturday kicked off the first leg of the 2010 Triple Crown Bouldering Series at the Hound Ears boulders in Boone, North Carolina. Taking place within Hound Ears Club’s gated golf-resort community, the access-magicians of Triple Crown get this normally-closed area opened to climbers once a year through participation in the Triple Crown bouldering competition. Kurt Albert Memorial ServiceA memorial service for Kurt Albert will be held on Oct 9 in Streitberg, Germany. In addition, a fund has been set up in Albert’s name that will be used to cover costs associated with Kurt’s death, with the remainder donated to one of the climbing causes in his local climbing area, the Frankenjura.2010 REEL ROCK Film TourThe fifth annual REEL ROCK Film Tour launching in September 2010 brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe. REEL ROCK shows are spirited events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and sample the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for non-profit organizations are always part of the party at REEL ROCK events. 10th Annual Flagstaff TRASH BASHThe 10th Annual Flagstaff TRASH BASH will be happening on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, and you know it will be raining booty. So mark your calendar, recruit/brainwash some friends, and head up to the summit to pick up trash, eat dinner, drink beverages, and walk away with the goods. The trash cleanup starts with the raffle sign-up around 5 p.m. (after work) at the Flagstaff Mountain Summit. To get there, go about three miles up Flagstaff Road, take a right on Flagstaff Summit Road, and drive to the Flagstaff Summit parking lot. Look for “The Stone Shelter” to the west of the lot.2010 3rd Annual Pine Mountain Pull DownWhatever you’re doing the weekend of October 8-10, cancel it. If you’re into remote locations, awesome and beautiful bouldering, meeting good peeps, watching awesome movies, and dancing to live bands, get yourself to the third annual Pine Mountain Pulldown. Situated about an hour north of Ojai and just about close to nothing lies the hidden bouldering jewel of California’s central coast. 2010 REEL ROCK Filmmaking Competition is happening! UPDATEDUPDATED: The REEL ROCK Film Tour is excited to announce the 2010 REEL ROCK Filmmaking competition. Enter your 2-min climbing-related film by JULY 20, 2010, and you could win $500 in cash plus a fat gear package from The North Face, Windstopper, Petzl, Evolv, Climbing Magazine, and Sterling Ropes. HomoClimbtastic Trip to the New River GorgeHomoClimbtastic 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. Boulder Premiere of 180° South: Conquerors of the UselessOn Thursday, July 15, 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless, will show at the Boulder Theater. The story follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of one of the most unique and prolific environmentalists of our time — Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and his friend Doug Tompkins — as they travel 5,000 miles from California to Patagonia. His hope is simply to find unclimbed mountains and unridden waves in the spirit of his heroes. 24 Hours of Gunnison Glory Wrap-Up“Do you know what it’s like to climb 24 hours straight, pitch after pitch on demanding, technical granite till your tips pink out, feet swell, and mouth dries up like the ass end of the Swahili? Well, let me tell you . . . er, actually, I only made it to hour 22.5 at the launch of the friendly new competition: the 24 Hours of Gunnison Glory, held at Hartman Rocks, west of Gunnison, Colorado. But even turning in our scorecards 1.5 hours shy of the finishing line, we came to know the experience. And the thing is, it’s a tough but extremely rewarding one.” This sentiment offered in 2009 by Matt Samet (former editor of Climbing Magazine) was and will always be an amazing summary of the 24 hours of Gunnison Glory, an Endurance Climbing Festival designed with everyone in mind.Vibram Natural Games 2010Vibram Natural Games will be back from the 24th of June to the 27th of June 2010 in Millau, the European outdoor sports capital. This year, the Gravity Trip, much more eclectic, will succeed the Roc trip. Besides a gathering at the Boffi’s cliff, there will be a bouldering contest on the Official Village (the event’s center). This year, novelties appear: For the cliff, Ultimate routes could be tried by all the competitors and not only by professional climbers.Wrangle in the Triangle Bouldering CompetitionIt’s back, it’s bigger, and you must be there! On June 19th, Triangle Rock Club will be hosting the 3rd annual “Wrangle in the Triangle” Indoor Climbing Competition. With thousands of dollars in prizes and fun festivities planned throughout the day, we are looking forward to a rock’n good time. This year’s Wrangle will be a bouldering redpoint format with routes from V0 to V-Crazy. Climbers can register under youth, beginner, intermediate, and advanced categories. Come on out for the Triangle’s greatest indoor climbing competition. Canadian Youth Climbing Nationals Wrap-up: June 4-6Délire centre d’escalade in Québec City hosted the C.E.C. Youth Nationals this year on the weekend of June 4, 5, and 6. This year 123 young athletes took part – most of them travelling from Western Canada. The routesetters did an amazing job of separating the pack, and no Super Finals were needed. Thank you to everyone who was part of the routesetting crew. True North’s own Dustin Curtis flew to Québec to set routes, then dashed off to Vail, Colorado, to represent Canada in the IFSC World Cup Bouldering Competition at the Teva Mountain Games.Fourth Annual Hera Climb4Life ColoradoClimb, hike, and fight ovarian cancer one foot at a time! Presented by REI, Boulder Rock Club, and Colorado Mountain School, the Climb for Life weekend of June 11 & 12 includes guided climbing or hiking, yoga, massage, breakfast, dinner, a goodie bag, gear giveaway entry, parties, and — new this year — skills clinics with pros, such as bouldering with Jason Kehl & Olivia Hsu, wilderness first aid basics with Ashby Robertson, and more!
Galen and Barbara Rowell Lecture Series and Award in San FranciscoOn June 9, 2010, at the Mark Hopkins Hotel (One Nob Hill, San Francisco), David Breashears will pay tribute to his friends Galen and Barbara Rowell and discuss his work in filmmaking, mountaineering, and climate change. Breashears will also present The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure to explorer and writer Craig Childs. Rock Junior 2010 ReportIf the first day of the Rock Junior was a marathon, the second couldn’t have been more action packed, with climbing of course. Beneath the beautiful Garda Trentino sun and the legendary Lake Garda breeze, the Arco Climbing Stadium witnessed another day to be remembered. It all kicked off extremely early, and the first to arrive, as if they were in need of a good dose of climbing, were the teams of the Under 14 Cup.Teva Mountain Games 2010 Climbing EventsThe Vail Valley Foundation is proud to announce the climbing events for the 9th annual Teva Mountain Games, the nation’s largest outdoor adventure event, which will return to Vail, Colorado, June 3 – 6, 2010. In addition to the amateur climbing competitions, Teva Mountain Games will host the IFSC Bouldering World Cup, the only World Cup event on U.S. soil.24 Hours of Gunnison Glory – 2010The goals of the 24HGG are to secure the future of climbing in Gunnison, CO and to offer climbers everywhere the chance to push their physical, mental, and spiritual abilities while climbing for 24 hours straight. On May 29-30, 2010 Colorado’s own 24 hour endurance climbing festival (based on Arkansas’ 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell competition) will commence at the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area — a 8,000 acre precambrian granite playground.Waypoint Namibia to Show at Mountainfilm in Telluride in MayYou might have missed Waypoint Namibia in Bratislava, Slovakia, last month, but you can catch it from May 28th – 31st at Mountainfilm Telluride. Keep updated on all of the outstanding films, talks, and more at Mountainfilm on their site and blog. Additional screenings of the film continue to be announced and you can stay abreast of them at www.waypointnamibia.com.Gunks Climbers Coalition to Host Waterworks FundraiserFor nearly six years, the Mohonk Preserve and the Gunks Climbers Coalition have worked in conjunction with OSI and the Town of Rosendale to secure the purchase, transfer, and access to one of the Gunks most revered areas, the Waterworks Boulders. It finally seems that access is truly going to come to fruition soon enough, but your help is still needed. While the land purchase has been arranged, the management costs have not. And this is where the good of the people comes in.Battle in the Bubble Pro InvitationalOn May 15, 2010, on the shores of the Boulder Reservoir in Boulder, Colorado, the world’s bouldering elite will throw down in one of the nation’s most dramatic settings for serious cash. With unprecedented media coverage, The Battle in the Bubble is the new model for high-end competition climbing, raising the bar to be the highest profile, most watched American climbing event to date.2010 SCS Southeast Regional Championship Wrap-UpOn Saturday May 8, 2010, Urban Rocks Gym hosted the SCS Regionals Championship. This was the first competition of its kind in Chattanooga, and Urban Rocks was happy to support USA Climbing and the Sport Climbing Series. Emily Taylor, the southeast regional coordinator, worked in conjunction with Urban Rocks owners, Chris Gibson and Becky Robran, to put on the most exciting competition that we have had to date.Melloblocco 2010 The seventh edition of the world’s biggest international bouldering meeting took place last weekend in the picturesque val Masimo and val di Mello valleys, Italy. Although every weather forecast last week led to inclement weather during the weekend, the young and multi-colored international crowd of boulderers did not miss their appointment. There were more than 2,000 registered participants, and more than 3,500 people in the valley altogether.The Northwest Collegiate Climbing Competition SeriesThe Northwest Collegiate Climbing Competition Series (NC3) has pioneered intercollegiate climbing, while demonstrating an increase in participation and recognition each year. This year’s events will be the largest to date with an estimated 1500 participants and spectators from around the northwest. The series allows college students to experience multiple levels of competitive sport while fostering growth in the climbing community.Eastern Premiere of Pat Ament’s new film, “The Disciples of Gill”Legendary climber Pat Ament is coming to the NY/NJ area at the end of April/beginning of May. Pat’s new film, The Disciples of Gill, is getting rave reviews. The film features John Gil, the greatest boulderer of all time. If you are a climber, boulderer, hiker, love the outdoors, have an interest in climbing history, like merely to be inspired, or want to see a work of art, this is the night, this is the show!”Colorado Burl” presented by Andy Mann, Jonathan Siegrist, and Matt WilderIf you love Colorado climbing, imagery, and the stories behind both, you’ll love this show. Presented at Neptune Mountaineering on April 29, 2010, at 8 p.m. by pro climbing photographer, Andy Mann, and local pro climbers, Jonathan Siegrist and Matt Wilder, this free event will showcase all Colorado rock climbing, with healthy doses of trad, sport, and bouldering.Jonathan will share stories of his success across the Front Range, including his recent bolting accomplishments at Wizard’s Gate in Estes Park. Matt Wilder will be sharing insight into his first free ascent of the North Face of the Devil’s Thumb, Cheating Reality (5.14 R)…Earth Treks 2010 Roc CompCome rub shoulders with your climbing idols, snort chalk and celebrate the power of this sport in Columbia and Timonium, Maryland on April 23rd & 24th at Earth Treks Climbing. Climb side by side with some of the biggest names in climbing today like Lisa Rands, Paul Robinson, Charlotte Jouet-Bosley, and Matt Bosley. $11,000 cash purse, loads of prizes, slideshows, movies, food, parties, DJs, thousands screaming spectators – you don’t want to miss this!Mountain Khakis Presents the 2010 “MOG” Outdoor Gear Sale & COPMOBA Bike SwapMountain Khakis, a premier outdoor-lifestyle apparel brand “Built for the Mountain Life”, proudly announces their title sponsorship of the 2010 MOG Outdoor Gear Sale & COPMOBA Bike Swap in Grand Junction, Colorado to be held on Saturday, April 10th, 2010. It will be the largest grassroots outdoor gear sale and bike swap between Denver and Salt Lake City. Visit: www.mogoutdoorfest.comErik Weihenmayer presents Adventures in the Vertical WorldJoin blind climber Erik Weihenmayer to hear about his adventures in the vertical world, including his most recent ascent of The Naked Edge, a classic, highly technical climb in Eldorado Canyon State Park, CO. This incredible climb was captured on video, Blind and Naked, to support the Access Fund, the national non-profit advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Urban Rocks Gym Hosts Chattanooga’s First Indoor Sport Climbing CompetitionOn Saturday, March 27th, approximately two hundred people arrived bright and early to get checked in and ready for Chattanooga’s first indoor sport climbing competition. By 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Urban Rocks Gym filled with activity of at least six different climbing teams. Out of 77 competitors, some were already tied in getting ready for their first climb of the day, while the climbing teams warmed up with synchronized jumping jacks and a pep talk to get psyched about the competition awaiting them.CORE World Premiere at Boulder Theater, COThe upcoming world premiere of CORE, the latest climbing film released by Chuck Fryberger Films, is playing at the Boulder Theater, CO, on April 7th, 2010!Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, with a live performance by the Wild Angelz.The theme of the night is 80s hair metal, so start working on your outfit now! The two best-dressed rockers will have a shot at a prize package worth over $2000!MetroRock’s Dark Horse Series – Event 3After what seemed like a hundred hours of setting and preparation, the third stop of the Dark Horse Series came barreling down the rails without fail, and despite the deceiving weather, we had a fantabulous turnout. Little rock-star kids of the future threw themselves at micro-crimps like they were handle bars…2010 Red Rock Rendezvous – Las Vegas, NevadaRegistration has officially opened for the seventh annual “Mountain Gear Presents: Red Rock Rendezvous” (RRR) rock climbing festival, title sponsored by The North Face. RRR will return to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas on March 19-21, 2010, to benefit The Access Fund.Fifth Annual HERA Climb4Life Metro DCThe 5th Annual HERA Climb4Life Metro DC, an ovarian cancer fundraiser benefiting the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, is planned for March 13–21, 2010 at several sites in the Washington DC area. The event that features a series of instructional rock-climbing clinics, along with yoga classes and parties, attracted more than 450 participants in 2009 and raised more than $60,000.
Five College Outdoor FestivalThe Five College Outdoor Festival is a yearly celebration of outdoor sports, wild places, and the spirit of adventure on February 26-27, 2010. Our goal is to inspire the Five College and western Massachusetts community to engage in human-powered outdoor recreation. World Cup Ice Climbing Crowns Old and New ChampionsAustria’s Markus Bendler and Russia’s Pavel Gulyaev have defended their Ice Climbing titles in the Lead and Speed disciplines respectively. This year’s women’s Lead champion is Anna Gallyamova of Russia, and her compatriot, Nadezda Shubina was crowned Speed queen. Go here for full results.Panoramas from Boston Rock Gym’s 2010 Heart of SteelWatertown, MA based photographer William Van Tassell captured these awesome 360º panorama images at Boston Rock Gym’s 2010 Heart of Steel Bouldering Competition on January 30th, 2010. Flaunting a $2,400 cash purse in addition to a gorgeous line-up of prizes the HEART OF STEEL appeal speaks for itself.Fort William Mountain FestivalA celebration of mountain culture on February 11-15, 2010 – Although the full details of the program for the 2010 Fort William Mountain Festival, now in it’s ninth year, are yet to be announced organizers have promised a five day feast of lectures, workshops and films for residents and visitors who want to learn about and celebrate mountain culture; during the best winter walking and climbing conditions of the year. The AscenDance ProjectAscenDance Project is a new company founded in January of 2006 by German born performance artist and rock climber Isabel von Rittberg to create work that explores the aesthetics of climbing. Performing entirely without the use of ropes, their work exhibits strength and grace enhanced by the effects of gravity on the dancers and their ability to overcome it. Check it out from March 5-14th at The Ashby Stage in Berkeley, CA.2010 Chandler Mountain Challenge – Bouldering Comp WeekendThe 3rd Annual Chandler Mountain Challenge, a bouldering competition for all abilities at Horse Pens 40, AL, will be presented by Solid Rock – Climbers for Christ on Saturday, February 6th, 2010. The event will be a benefit for Climb-up So Kids Can Grow-up which is a non-profit that provides medicine for children with aids in Africa.ROCK STEADY 5 – CLIMBING COMPETITIONRock Steady 5, “Staying Alive” is Lakewood Colorado’s fifth annual rock climbing competition hosted at the Lakewood Link Recreation Center on February 6th, 2010. The youth competition, ages 6-14 is separate from the adult competition. $20 Early registration, $30 Registration day of competition. Call 303.987.5430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.Bendler, Russians Continue their Ice Climbing DominanceAustria’s Markus Bendler and France’s Stephanie Maureau have claimed victories in the men’s and women’s Lead competitions of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup held in Saas Fee, Switzerland on January 22 and 23, 2010. Athletes Jeong Woon Wha and Hee Yong Park made a strong showing for Korea, both taking medals in Lead. Russians remained unbeatable in the Speed events capturing the top three spots in both the men’s and women’s events, with Pavel Gulyaev for the men and Maryam Filippova for the women coming first.BOSTON ROCK GYM – 2010 HEART OF STEELlimbing enthusiasts everywhere, mark your calenders: on January 30th, 2010 the Boston Rock Gym and Evolv will host the second annual HEART OF STEEL bouldering competition. Flaunting a $2,400 cash purse in addition to a gorgeous line-up of prizes provided by a flock of industry leading sponsors, the HEART OF STEEL appeal speaks for itself.North Face – In theaters beginning January 29, 2010Directed by Philipp Stölzl / northfacethemovie.com – Based on a true story, NORTH FACE is a gripping adventure drama about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. In 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif, the Eiger, bringing two reluctant climbers, Toni Kurz (BENNO FÜRMANN) and Andi Hinterstoisser (FLORIAN LUKAS), to begin their daring ascent and attempt to scale the infamous rock face, often called the Murder Wall. The Disciples of Gill – Bouldering Film Retrospective at Neptune MountaineeringA presentation brought to you by Pat Ament on January 28 at 7 p.m. – In the 1960’s there was a small sub-culture of climbers who went against the traditional mountaineering mentality. Headed by John Gill, a few climbers devoted themselves to bouldering and turned it into a kind of gymnastic art. Pat Ament’s film tells the story of those beginnings, that golden age of bouldering, yet in a tender, nostalgic way.Successful conclusion to first ever European Ice Climbing Youth ChampionshipThe first ever European Ice Climbing Youth Championship has been concluded in Saas Grund, Switzerland on January 16th, 2010. The men’s overall winner was Russia’s Alexey Iakovlev. His compatriot, Liubov Mikryukova, took top honors among the young women. The Swiss team also did well. Go here for more results.Boston Rock Gym – Panorama ManiaWatertown, MA based photographer William Van Tassell captured these awesome 360º panorama images at Boston Rock Gym’s 2009 Heart of Steel Bouldering Competition. Don’t miss the 2010 competition on January 30th, 2010. Flaunting a $2,400 cash purse in addition to a gorgeous line-up of prizes provided by a flock of industry leading sponsors, the HEART OF STEEL appeal speaks for itself.2010 Vancouver International Mountain Film FestivalVancouver International Mountain Film Festival features the Cold Faces and Wild Spaces of Canadian Adventure Filmmakers as they seek out Personal Journeys of Endurance, Adrenaline and Mosquitoes, January 22 – 29, 2010. Canadian filmmakers have once again traveled to the far corners of the globe and to their own backyards to seek out and document the wild adventures of adrenaline seekers, endurance athletes and solitary paddlers.Adaptive High Adventure Weekend: Ice Climb and SkiExperience two of winter’s most thrilling outdoor adventure activities in one long weekend: downhill skiing and ice climbing! We’ll take to the slopes for two days of one-on-one ski instruction at Crested Butte Mountain Resort followed by two days of guided ice climbing in the San Juan Mountains on January 14-17, 2010.Ice Climbing World Cup in Kirov, RussiaLast year’s overall winner, Austria’s Markus Bendler, has proven he is still the man to beat on the Ice Climbing World Cup circuit. Bendler took first place in the challenging Lead competition this weekend (January 7- 9, 2010) in Kirov, Russia. For the women, Italy’s Angelika Rainer came first, letting the world know she is ready to challenge for the overall top spot, after finishing second in 2009.ICE Climbing Ecrins 2010France’s Ice Climbing Ecrins celebrates 20 years and has become a premiere location for extreme winter sports. Uniting ice-climbing amateurs from all over the world, ‘ICE’ held in the unforgettable valleys of Freissinieres and Fournel, is today a key event for the most passionate of ice-climbers. This year’s festival, held from January the 8th – 10th, will offer a wide range of activities including training workshops, ice-climbing initiations and expert level training. Visit: www.ice-climbing-ecrins.comPianos Rachados 2009 – A New Crack Climbing Event in PortugalPortugal climbing is best known for its excellent limestone cliffs next to the ocean, providing hard, overhanging sport routes, but not its trad climbing… But now, near to Lisbon, south of the surfing mecca, Ericeira, an outstandingly gorgeous cliff of black basalt with perfect splitter cracks was recently discovered. The place might remind you of UK’s Peak District with exuberant evergreen shrubs and gray to black rock.MetroRock’s Dark Horse Series – Event 2Continuing the recent progression of world class bouldering competitions in the NorthEast, MetroRock just finished the second stop of its four comp Dark Horse Series. On December 12th, over 200 competitors and spectators showed up to compete for the Dark Horse title. The top six competitors in each Open category advanced to finals in the evening to battle over the $1,100 cash purse. SuperTopo Auction to Benefit Access FundThe 2008 SuperTopo Charity Auctions raised over $10,000 for climbing non-profits and Central Asia Institute. In 2009, as you can imagine, has been much harder to get to that number. BUT, that wont stop me from trying with one last auction for 2009 with all the proceeds benefiting the Access Fund.
Tahoe Adventure Film Festival 2009South Lake Tahoe – Cinematography is the medium. Action sports and adventure is the subject. Well known as a breeding ground for elite athletes and year-round adventurers, Lake Tahoe is the stage for the 7th Annual Tahoe Adventure Film Festival to be held December 12, 2009 at Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa in South Lake Tahoe.The 2009 Triple Crown Bouldering SeriesThe biggest and most bodacious outdoor boulder series is back again – for the 7th time with two of the three events now in the books: Hound Ears in Boone, NC and Horse Pens-40 in Steele, AL. The grand finale will conclude the series at the Stone Fort near Chattanooga, TN on December 5th. The Triple Crown is dedicated to maintaining climbing access by supporting the Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition and The Carolina Climbers’ Coalition. Visit: TripleCrownBouldering.org for more information.U of Utah Students Take Home the “Top Climber” Title at Westminster’s Intercollegiate Climbing Wall CompetitionTwo students from the University of Utah once again took home bragging rights as “top boulderers” at Westminster College’s second annual intercollegiate climbing wall competition November 17, 2009. More than 40 students from colleges throughout the state, including Westminster College, University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College participated in the contest – the largest group to compete thus far.2009 Yangshuo Climbing FestivalFollowing last year’s inaugural event, the Second Annual Yangshuo Climbing Festival, hosted by The North Face and Black Diamond, will be held from November 13 to 15, 2009. Once again, the Festival will bring together local and international climbers in one of Asia’s top sport climbing locations.Fifth Annual Adventure Film FestivalOn November 12-14 in Boulder, Colorado, the Fifth Annual Adventure Film Festival will premiere the most exciting and inspiring award-winning independent films from around the world. The festival is dedicated to all aspects of adventure from serious exploration to environmental heroism to gripping tales from the edge of the believable. Visit: www.adventurefilm.orgInternational Day of Climate Action Celebrated at California’s Phantom Spires350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis the solutions that science and justice demand. On 24 October, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for action on the climate crisis.Caliente! A Night of Salsa Dancing to Benefit Kismet Rock FoundationThe valley will only be getting hotter this fall leading up to Caliente! A Night of Salsa Dancing to Benefit Kismet Rock Foundation, presented by Polartec, LLC, on November 7, 2009. If Boston’s best salsa band, Los Sugar Kings, and a free salsa dance lesson aren’t quite enough to convince event-goers, the lineup of food and auction donors certainly must be.Gunks Climbers’ Coalition Vulgarian Poetry Slam Benefit SoiréeOn November 7, 2009 the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition will host a Vulgarian Poetry Slam Benefit Soirée to cover costs associated with the Rosendale Waterworks Bouldering Area Acquisition. The evening will include a Vulgarian poetry slam/spoken word by: Burt Angrist and weather permitting the evening will also include a special guest performance of fire by Mark-of-Fire of Gardiner NY. For more info visit: www.gunksclimbers.orgFall Highball Eastside-Way CoolThe American Alpine Club and Friends of the Inyo are hosting the Fall Highball Eastside-Way Cool event in Bishop, CA on November 7-8, 2009. The event will kick off Saturday with Adopt-a-crag in the Buttermilk from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Peabody Boulder 6.6 miles up Buttermilk Road.2009 International Mountain Summit – South TyrolThe IMS is an international platform of information, communication and presentations dedicated to everything about mountains and alpine sports – and of course a real hot spot for mountain fans: Along with mountaineering legends like Reinhold Messner, a number of young talents will attend the summit meeting from November 3-8 in the Italian town of Bressanone/Brixen (South Tyrol). Many more top mountaineers like Stefan Glowacz have recently confirmed their presence at the IMS. Girls Education International to auction off rock stars at annual fundraising eventHave you ever wanted to climb with one of the hard men or women you see in the pages of the mags? At Girls Education International’s annual Beats for Books fundraising event at The Spot Gym on Tuesday, October 27, you can bid in a live auction to climb with rock stars Madaleine Sorkin, Kelly Cordes or Alex Honnold.X Festival de Boulder in Mar del Plata, ArgentinaDon’t miss the the 10th annual Festival de Boulder in Mar del Plata, Argentina on October 24-25, 2009. Bouldering competition, big party, fun, prizes and more! For more information visit: www.clubandinomardelplata.com or contact Club Andino Mar del Plata (C.A.M.P.)Oktboulderfest 2009 – Vertical Endeavors, St Paul, MinnesotaCome celebrate bouldering (please leave the beer at home) with Vertical Endeavors on Saturday, October 24th, 2009 for the inaugural Oktboulderfest. Strictly a bouldering competition, Oktboulderfest 2009 will be a chance to get together with fellow bouldering aficionados for a day of sending, laughing, and enjoying the gym’s crisp fall temps.Reel Rock Film Tour – Chapel Hill NC – October 24, 2009Ascent Adventure Consultants and Triangle Rock Club are the hosts of the 2009 Reel Rock Film Tour taking place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on October 24, 2009 at 6:00PM. The Event will benefit the American Alpine Club. The cost of entry is $15.2009 Psychedelia at the Spot Gym The Fifth Annual Spot Bouldering Series Comp #2 is October 24th, 2009! Psychedelia is THE black-light climbing comp for the Halloween season. Youth Comp 1pm-4pm; Adult Comp 5pm-8pm. (Spot will be closed Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd for setting). $25 for entry (includes bouldering comp, raffle ticket, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, and Avery beer for those 21+) or get the remaining season pass for $70.Climb Smart 2009Friends of Joshua Tree’s 11th Annual CLIMB SMART event stages October 23-25, 2009. This action packed weekend is for all levels of climbers, with skills clinics, pro athletes, open managed topropes, multimedia presentations, music, dinner, raffles, and best of all a way to give back to the park we love. Sign up for the whole event ($85 plus parking) or Saturday night only ($30).2009 Raleigh Rampage Bouldering CompetitionTime to go on a Rampage! Come by the Triangle Rock Club in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 17th, 2009, for our ABS bouldering competition, the Raleigh Rampage! The day will include: badass bouldering comp, raffle of swag (from BD, Metolius, Evolv, etc), open finals, and all the climbers from central NC and beyond! 13th Annual Yank & Yard on YaleStone Age Climbing Gym in Albuquerque, NM is proud to announce the 13th Annual Yank & Yard on Yale, an ABS sanctioned local bouldering competition. The event will be held on October 17th and will kick off our second annual Prime8 climbing festival.2009 Boulder Climbing SeriesThe Boulder Climbing Series is a monthly series of friendly, low-key climbing competitions. Unlike most other events in Colorado, the BCS will be a top-rope and lead climbing series, rather than bouldering. The Boulder Climbing Series is open to climbers of all ages and abilities, and will be held the third Friday of every month (October-February) from 5:30-9pm at the Boulder Rock Club (2829 Mapleton). THE PAIN AND THE GLORYDo you know what it’s like to climb 24 hours straight, pitch after pitch on demanding, technical granite till your tips pink out, feet swell, and mouth dries up like the ass end of the Swahili? Well, let me tell you . . . er, actually, I only made it to hour 22.5 at the launch of the friendly new competition: the 24 Hours of Gunnison Glory, held at Hartman’s Rocks, west of Gunnison, Colorado, this June 28-29, 2009.
AAC’s 2009 Craggin’ Classic 2009The American Alpine Club, with the help of the SLCA, has planned a full weekend of climbing and good times on October 9-11, 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Plan on spending the days climbing and hanging out in the Wasatch with old and new friends. Camping is part of the deal (we’ve reserved the entire Spruces Campground in BCC ) and the parties – with live music and libations of choice – will go on late into the night. Register Today!Sender Films Exclusive Premiere at Movement Climbing + FitnessMovement and Sender Films are partnering to bring you an EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE ON OCTOBER 10th of 2 of their Nat Geo Adventure Series! Catch it here because it’s the only place in the US to see them! Ever Committed to Community, we have planned a great day starting with a car wash fundraiser, a BBQ, and then the films…. and it’s ALL FREE!2009 New Paltz Climbing Film FestivalThe 11th Annual New Paltz Climbing Film Festival, featuring the Reel Rock Tour, will be 7:30 PM, Saturday, October 10 (Columbus Day Weekend), at SUNY Lecture Center. Special presentations include: The Eleventh Annual Thom Scheuer Award for Land Stewardship; A raffle will be held to support the programs of the New Paltz Outing Club and the Mohonk Preserve; and the Gunks Grunt Pull-up Contest will be held to test the mettle of attendees.8th Annual HERA Climb4Life Utah Raises Over $80,000 for Ovarian Cancer ResearchRock climbing has never felt so empowering, or at least that was the sentiment expressed by everyone participating in the 8th annual HERA Climb4Life Utah, held Sept. 17-20 in Salt Lake City. Over $80,000 was raised by participants and volunteers, which will support the HERA (Health, Empowerment, Research, Awareness) Women’s Cancer Foundation’s ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives.2009 24 HHH – A Recap of World’s Best Endurace Climbing CompetionBy Andrew Chasten – 2009’s fourth annual 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell brought many new and exciting variables to the table. Ample rain, Tommy Caldwell, mucho loud screaming and the best event to ever grace the walls of Arkansas’ Horseshoe Canyon Ranch was eventually how it all turned out. Former Olympian Carl Swenson Wins First Annual Kismet Cliff Run North Conway native Carl Swenson, a nordic ski Olympian, made it a memorable first ever Kismet Cliff Run as the winner of what more than one competitor commented is destined to become a classic race in northern New England. For the fifty Kismet Cliff Run participants, Sunday, September 20th was a perfect early fall day in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Pictures from Space: the Final Photos from Washburn’s Expedition CameraCome see a presentation by Astronaut John Grunsfeld, “The Hubble Repairman” on September 30, 2009, at the American Mountaineering Center – Grunsfeld, an avid climber, snapped the final photos that will ever be taken with the late-Washburn’s famous expedition camera, a 1929 Zeiss Maximar B 4×5.The 2009 Western Mass RendezvousOn Saturday, September 26 (Raindate – Sunday, September 27) join us in Wendell State Forest, in Wendell, Massachusetts, for our biggest fundraiser yet! It’s a day long celebration featuring food, crag tours, raffles, climbing competitions, entertainment, clinics and more! Free parking and camping available all in beautiful Wendell State Forest.Alpine-climbing legends Jack Tackle, Conrad Anker, Steve House to speak in Jackson Hole, WyomingEvent, silent auction to benefit Teton Boulder Project – Organizers of the Teton Boulder Project (TBP) announced today that they will kick off the project’s fundraising drive for a bouldering park in downtown Jackson with an event featuring three of North America’s greatest alpinists. “American Alpine: An Evening with Climbing Legends Jack Tackle, Conrad Anker and Steve House” will be held at the Center for the Arts on Saturday, September 26, at 7 p.m. 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell – 2009This year’s weekend of fun (and hell) will kick off on September 25-27th, 2009, and promises to be the biggest and best yet. 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell is an endurance style climbing competition held at the ever popular Horseshoe Canyon Ranch near Jasper, Arkansas. Timy Fairfield Multi-Media Show, Youth Camp and Adult Clinic at Climbmax Gym in Tempe, AZJoin Timy Fairfield at Climbmax Gym in Tempe, AZ on September 24-28th, 2009. Timy will give a Multi-Media Show, teach a Youth Performance Training Camp and teach an Adult Climbing Clinic. Timy will be working with Climbmax coaches and athletes to improve the team program by increasing effectiveness and stimulating interest in the training process.Eighth Annual HERA Climb4Life – Salt Lake City, UtahPhotos by John Evans / JohnEvansPhoto.com – The ultimate rock climbing fund-raising event for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation was presented and hosted by Black Diamond Climbing Equipment on September 17-20, 2009 (September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month). This year’s event featured two days of climbing with professional athletes in the Wasatch Mountains, climbing instruction for beginners by Exum Utah, yoga classes, massage, a tribute to HERA Founder Sean Patrick, plus parties and more. The HERA Climb4Life Utah is the signature event of the HERA Climb4Life series don’t miss it next year! Visit HERAFoundation.org/SLC for more.Auction to benefit Yosemite Facelift: stamps, books, t-shirts www.supertopo.com is having an auction to benefit the upcoming Yosemite Facelift on September 23-27, 2009. It’s an ebay auction that ends around 1 p.m. on September 17, 2009. Help us contribute by cleaning up the Park over 20 tons of trash is gathered per year by over 2,000 participants.Bloqueando 2009 – Event ReportSince 2007 this boulderer gathering has been the ultimate event for Bolivian climbers with a good mix of exciting problems, friendship and a party environment. The Valley of the Rocks, or Valle De Las Rocas, is located 750 km south of La Paz and 150 km away from the city of Uyuni. This place has been described by the French boulder Tony Lamiche as the El Dorado of bouldering areas.Kismet Cliff Run – Echo Lake State Park, NHThe first annual Kismet Cliff Run will be held on Sunday, September 20th, at 10:00 a.m., in Echo Lake State Park, New Hampshire. The challenging, five-mile loop travels up and over Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges before finishing at the shore of Echo Lake. The course features memorable uphills, technical downhills and fantastic scenery.Reel Rock Film Tour Showing to benefit Kismet Rock FoundationThe 4th Annual Reel Rock Film Tour will be making an appearance in North Conway, New Hampshire on Saturday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the climbing wall in Cranmore Family Fitness Center. The Event is being hosted by and will benefit Kismet Rock Foundation, a North Conway-based non-profit providing valuable climbing instruction and education to youth from the New England area.Eighth Annual HERA Climb4Life Utah – September 17-20Registration is under way for the Eighth Annual HERA Climb4Life Utah, to be held Sept. 17-20, 2009. The rock climbing fund-raising event for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, presented and hosted by Black Diamond Climbing Equipment raised over $100,000 in 2008 for HERA’s ovarian cancer research and awareness programs.CMC’s Wilderness Trekking SchoolThe Wilderness Trekking School is a comprehensive course on hiking in the Colorado mountains; on- and off-trail, map & compass, nutrition, gear, weather, handling an emergency, and more. Classes start Tuesday, September 15, 6:30-9:30 pm at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. Registration for the Fall 2009 session is now open.Pine Mountain PulldownCalifornia’s Only Outdoor Climbing Competition & Festival Returns September 11-13, 2009 – This year’s festival held in Los Padres National Forest for a second year promises to be the West Coast’s greenest climbing event. There’s something for everyone at the Pulldown, but bouldering is the main attraction here.2009 Squamish Mountain Festival – Highlights VideoVideo by ARC’TERYX – The 3rd annual Squamish Mountain Festival, (SQUMF) held at British Columbia’s granite mecca on August 12-16, 2009, was a huge success again this year attracting climbers from all over the world. The vision of the SQUMF is to provide a grass-roots gathering to celebrate the magic of Squamish climbing, bouldering and mountain culture. Focusing mainly on climbing and its surrounding culture the event also encompasses complementary activities such as yoga, a themed party and its first ever trail run. For more information visit: squamishmountainfest.com
2009 REEL ROCK Film TourThe 4th Annual REEL ROCK FILM TOUR kicks off in September with over 100 shows around the world – delivering the best in cutting-edge climbing and adventure entertainment. Don’t miss the Reel Rock Film Tour Premiere at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado on September 10th! To check out the tour schedule and film trailers, go to: ReelRockTour.com. Elbrus Speed Climb 2009A Speed Climbing Competition on Russia’s Mt. Elbrus (5,642 meters) will be held on September 9th, 2009 – Elbrus, the highest peak of Russia and Europe, is a well-known peak of the Caucasus. Its white-snow double-headed peak is beautiful not only as a geographical object, but also as a symbol of the high achievements, grand size, crystal pureness and triumph of its conquerors. Elbrus is located in 12 km from the Main Caucasus Ridge.9th Annual Flagstaff TRASH BASHThe 9th Annual Flagstaff TRASH BASH will be happening on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009, and you know it will be raining booty. So mark your calendar, recruit/brainwash some friends, and head up to the Summit to pick up trash, eat dinner, drink beverages, and walk away with the goods.Eiter and Puigblanque Reign Supreme at Rock Master 2009Angela Eiter from Austria has won her fifth Rock Master, Ramòn Julien Puigblanque his fourth. With these victories the two equal the records set by legendary climbers Lynn Hill and Francois Legrand. Champions at times move you. Never before has this been closer to the truth. Because Rock Master is always something that needs to be conquered, nothing can ever be taken for granted and nothing can ever be left to chance. Here you have to climb with heart, mind and power. Click here to see a photo gallery by Torsten Wenzler from the event.2009 ARCO ROCK LEGENDS AWARD CERMONYChris Sharma won the Salewa Rock Award and Kilian Fischhuber won the La Sportiva Competition Award – The Salewa Rock Award and the La Sportiva Competition Award were handed out in front of a packed crowd which went wild as the Jury’s verdict for the climbing Oscars were announced; for the rock category the 17 international specialized magazines had chosen Chris Sharma, alias the King, while the competition category went to none other than Kilian Fischhuber.ARCO ROCK LEGENDS IVThe nominations have been decided for the 4th edition of the Arco Rock Legends, scheduled to take place on September 4th, 2009 at Arco (Garda Trentino, Italy) on the eve of the XXIII Rock Master. The SALEWA ROCK AWARD and the LA SPORTIVA COMPETITION AWARD, the sport climbing Oscars, are up for grabs.The 23rd Rock Master and 4th Arco Rock LegendsThe 23rd Rock Master, the classic sport climbing competition for the champions, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6, 2009, in Arco (Lake Garda, Trentino, Italy). The 4th Arco Rock Legends will prelude the event on Friday, September 4th with the Salewa Rock Award and the La Sportiva Competition Award, the sport climbing Oscars.2009 Mountain Summit in Aspen, COMountain Summit is a slimmed down version of the four day Mountainfilm in Telluride festival that will be held August 27-30, 2009 in Aspen, Colorado at the Wheeler Opera House. This year both Jim Whittaker and Ed Viesturs will be there, in person.First Annual Tribute climb for Federico CampaniniOn August 23, Federico Campanini’s wife, Amber Christensen, as well as friends, colleagues and members of the climbing community, will climb Mt. Rainier as a tribute to Federico Campanini, a professional mountain guide, who lost his life in the recent tragedy on Mt. Aconcagua in January of this year.2009 RIFLE MOUNTAIN PARK CLEAN UP DAYSATURDAY AUGUST 22, 2009 – Please volunteer and give some love back to the park we love. Bring work gloves and any tools and materials you may have: shovels, prybars, buckets, rebar, lumber and sledgehammers. Party at the Community House with food, beer, music, and prize giving to follow. Voluntary donations. All funds go to hardware replacement.Live Broadcast for IFSC Lead Climbing Worldcup in Imst, AustriaThe ÖWK (Austrian Climbing Federation) has organized a professional Live-Broadcast Production for the Semi-Finals and Finals for the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Lead-climbing World Cup in Imst, Austria on Saturday, August 22, 2009. Watch it live: www.sporttime.tv. New Routes at the Armenian First Ascent Open FestivalFrom July 1-31, 2009 the ‘Arev’ (Sun) Armenian First Ascent Open Festival, organized by the Up the Rocks club, took place in five locations in Armenia: Hrazdan Gorge, Noravank Canyon, Hell’s Canyon, Arpa Gorge and Garni Gorge. The aim of the organizers was to make accessible the unclimbed rocks and historical-cultural treasures in Armenia for climbers from other countries.2009 Boulder International Fringe FestivalThe 5thAnnual Boulder International Fringe Festival August 12-23rd, 2009. 15 Venues throughout downtown Boulder. The Boulder Fringe Festival is a lively, 12-day, independent arts festival packed with everything from live theatre & dance to circus art, site-specific performance, music, film, and educational workshops. These multi-textured artistic offerings are hosted in spaces ranging from standard theaters to coffee shops, churches, rooftops, bars and taxis. Ticket prices from $0-$15. See www.boulderfringe.com for more info.2009 Squamish Mountain FestivalAugust 12-16, 2009 in Squamish, BC – Returning for 2009, the 3rd annual Squamish Mountain Festival is ramping up to draw in locals and visitors alike. Focusing mainly on climbing and its surrounding culture the event also encompasses complementary activities such as yoga, a themed party and its first ever trail run. There is a film festival and photography contest (Steep Shot Photo Shoot Out), educational climbing clinics and a Dyno competition, where climbers from around the globe will compete for the biggest jump.Living Journeys 10th Annual Summit HikeLiving Journeys is proud to present the “Summit Hike” on August 8, 2009 on Mt Crested Butte (12,162 ft). This year will be the 10th year that visitors and locals climb together to the summit of Mt. Crested Butte in honor, memory and in support of the people in their lives that have faced cancer.Bloqueando Bouldering Competition – Challcupuncu, Bolivia 2008By Daniel Aramayo – On August 6-9, 2009 we will celebrate the third edition of “Bloqueando” at the famed Valle de las Rocas, 15 kms from Villa Alota (160 kms from Uyuni), on the road to Avaroa (Ollague) in the Department of Potosi. This area was described by Tony Lamiche as the “El Dorado of bouldering”. See: THE SEARCH – Adventure Boudering in Bolivia By Lionel Daudet and photos by Stephan DenysIT’S TIME TO VOTE!Thank you to all the filmmakers from around the world who submitted their films to the 2009 REEL ROCK FILMMAKING COMPETITION. We have received stacks of creative shorts and have selected our five favorites in two categories: HUMOR / SPOOF and ACTION / INSPIRATION. NOW it’s time to vote for ONE film in each category.International Rock Climbing Festival in Guamka, RussiaThe Climbing Federation of Russia is happy to invite you to participate in the International Rock Climbing Festival on August 4-9, 2009, in Guamka, located in Russia’s Krasnodar Region. 117 routes in 9 sectors have already been prepared and 20 new routes will be ready to the beginning of the Festival. 2009 Vaude Deutscher Bouldercup – Überlingen, GermanyThe annual Deutscher Bouldercup, this year sponsored by the German companies Vaude and Edelrid, among others, was held in Überlingen, Germany on July 11, 2009. The outdoor competition saw some top bouldering competitors, including Kilian Fischhuber (an Austrian who wasn’t competing in an official capacity, for some reason) and the German Jonas Baumann, both of whom have won several World Cups.2009 REEL ROCK FILMMAKING COMPETITIONThe 2009 REEL ROCK Film Tour, presented by Sender Films and Big UP Productions is now accepting submissions for the 2009 REEL ROCK FILMMAKING COMPETITION. If you have a camera, computer, and a fresh idea, one of the short REEL ROCK ‘09 films could be yours! Submission deadline is July 20, 2009!
Timy Fairfield – Multi-Media Show, Training Workshop and Movement Clinic at Thresh Hold GymDon’t miss Timy Fairfield at Thresh Hold Gym in Riverside, CA on July 15-16, 2009. Timy will give a Multi-Media Show, teach a Training Workshop and teach a Climbing Movement Clinic. Timy will be working with Thresh Hold Gym coaches and athletes to improve the team program by increasing effectiveness and stimulating interest in the training process.Memorial Service for Jonny Copp, Micah Dash, and Wade JohnsonA memorial service celebrating the lives of Jonny Copp, Micah Dash, and Wade Johnson will be held this Saturday, July 11, 2009 at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th Street), in Boulder, CO. Doors open at 1:00PM, service starts at 2:00 and will last until about 3:30.2009 International Climbers’ FestivalThe International Climbers’ Festival is back for a 16th straight year! The 2009 Festival will be held this July 8th – 12th in Lander, Wyoming. The ICF is a non-profit and is connected to three local Lander climbing initiatives: the Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship, the Todd Skinner Foundation and BARF (the local Bolt and Anchor Replacement Fund).The Tout a Blocs 2009June 28-July 2, 2009 – L’Argentiere la Bessee and Ailefroide, Southeastern France – The event started out as a local comp and grew to a National Open, then to the French Championships in all categories and finally to a World Cup event. This year there will be 450 climbers over 3 days and over 2000 spectators at the finals!A Benefit for the AMGA – Climb Mt. Rainier with AMGA/IFMGA Certified Guides on June 28-July 2, 2009With summer fast approaching, the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) invites you to reach the summit of your heart’s desire while helping support access and education for the professional mountain guiding community. Experience one of the greatest mountains in the United States, Mt. Rainier, led by three premier AMGA/IFMGA Certified Mountain Guides; Margaret Wheeler, John Race and Olivia Cussen.HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation Holds Third Annual Colorado Climb4LifeThe HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation will be holding its Third Annual Colorado Climb4Life in Friday, June 26 through Saturday, June 27, 2009. in Boulder. The event is hosted by REI Boulder, Colorado Mountain School and the Boulder Rock Club.24 hours of Gunnison GloryJoin us this summer, June 26th to 28th, 2009, at Hartman Rocks (a granite area reminiscent of Joshua Tree) near Gunnison, Colorado, for an endurance competition sure to leave its mark on the psyche. Climbing in teams of 2, 4, or 6 you will race to send as much as possible on both cliffs and boulders for 24 hours. The event will also feature live music, poetry, yoga, and a presentation from Chad Jukes of Paradox Sports.Timy Fairfield Multi-Media Show, Youth Camp and Adult Clinic at Climbmax Gym in Tempe, AZDon’t miss Timy Fairfield at Climbmax Gym in Tempe, AZ on June 25-29th, 2009. Timy will give a Multi-Media Show, teach a Youth Performance Training Camp and teach an Adult Climbing Clinic. Timy will be working with Climbmax coaches and athletes to improve the team program by increasing effectiveness and stimulating interest in the training process.Baer Ridgway Exhibitions Presents EVERESTBaer Ridgway Exhibitions is pleased to present EVEREST, a selection of Mount Everest aerial photographs taken in late 1983 by William Thompson on assignment for National Geographic Magazine. The Colorado Mountain Club’s Mountain Fest 2009Join us at Mountain Fest a celebration of the Colorado Mountain Club, the state’s premiere mountain-adventure organization dedicated to recreation, conservation, and education on June 20th and 21st in Golden, Colorado. Designed for beginning to expert outdoor enthusiasts, this annual event is a weekend of exciting mountain activities, music, and more.Wrangle in the TriangleThe Wrangle is back! Join the Raleigh area climbing community on June 20th at the Triangle Rock Club for the second annual Wrangle in the Triangle! The bouldering comp will have youth, beginner, intermediate, advanced and open divisions; cash prizes of course. Post comp festivities will include: food and drink (included with your entry) as well as showing of the new climbing movie “The Players”.CLIMB FOR HOPE HEADS TO ICELANDIn June 19-27, 2009, a team of climbers from The Pittsburgh and Baltimore areas will climb Mt. Hvannadalshnukur, the highest mountain in Iceland, to help raise money for research to create a vaccine for breast cancer. Join us at the Double Wide Grill on Southside for our silent auction and fundraiser on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm.Rock Junior and the great game of climbingThe 8th Rock Junior competition on June 6-7, 2009, in Arco was a triumph of the game of climbing. Once again this is an unmissable event for youth climbing and for the hundreds of youngsters who, with their parents, assaulted the Climbing Stadium in Garda Trentino, Italy.The Search FundPlease come and make a donation to The Search Fund for Micah Dash, Jonny Copp and Wade Johnson on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at The Spot Bouldering Gym in Boulder Colorado. Spot climbing access with your donation to from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Silent Auction Items, Photos, Artwork, Slideshow and Avery Brewing will be providing us with some tasty beverages plus we’re working on some good entertainment to bring the night together.Tommy Caldwell benefit for Dash, Copp and Johnson – Estes Park – June 12, 2009Tommy Caldwell is fundraising to help efforts to recover the bodies of Wade Johnson, 24, of Arden Hills, Minnesota and Jonny Copp, 35, of Boulder, Colo. from southwestern China. Micah Dash, 30, is still missing. The trio were attempting a climb of Mount Edgar in the Sichuan province of China.The Access Fund Presents Telluride Mountainfilm’s Zero Emissions Tour at The Boulder TheaterIn June of 2009, Telluride Mountainfilm will embark on a new project: the Zero Emissions Tour, which is a 2,300 mile unsupported bike tour throughout Colorado, Wyoming & Utah. Join the Access Fund and be a part of this landmark tour at The Boulder Theater on June 10th at 8pm. CLIMB To Fight Breast Cancer 2009Combine your outdoor passion with raising money for a good cause. The 2009 Climb to Fight Breast Cancer is signing up climbers for the 2009 season of fund-raising and climbing. Seven mountains are offered, including 2 of the 7 summits (Kilimanjaro, Elbrus) and the Mexican Volcanoes.Rock Junior 2009: the European Youth Climbing Festival at ArcoThe 8th Rock Junior will take place at Arco (Garda Trentino, Italy) on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, 2009. This great European climbing festival for young climbers is organised for the 8th year running by the Rock Master association.The 2009 TEVA MOUNTAIN GAMESThe Vail Valley Foundation is proud to announce that the 8th annual Teva Mountain Games, the nation’s premiere outdoor adventure event, will take place June 4 7, 2009 in Vail, Colorado. In addition to our amateur climbing competitions, the IFSC Bouldering World Cup will be hosted once again at the 2009 Teva Mountain Games! The Foundation also announced the addition of a new half marathon within the mountain running portion of the games.California Premiere of Rocky Mountain Highball – June 4, 2009On June 4th, Scott Neel (the director) and Marmot Athlete Kevin Jorgeson will be hosting the California Premiere of Rocky Mountain Highball at the Rialto Theatre in Berkeley. This event is produced by the Yama Studio is presented by the American Alpine Club, Climbing Magazine, Urban Climber, Vertex Climbing Center, Marmot, and Berkeley’s Marmot Mountain Works.
2009 Kalymnos Rock Climbing FestivalThe Kalymnos Rock Climbing Festival, celebrating the enchanting rocks of Kalymnos, Greece, took place on the island for the fourth time on May 22-26 2009. More than 300 climbers from around the world participated (84 Greeks, 50 Germans, 28 Swedes, 28 Swiss, 26 Austrians, 16 Italians, 13 Spaniards, 12 Americans and individuals from 15 more countries). MetroRock Climb’s for a CureOn Saturday, April 25th, 2009, MetroRock’s towering walls teemed with climbers of all abilities crimping and pinching their way to the finish of 17 routes in a day. Any particular reason? While climbing is generally regarded as a selfish endeavor due to the fact that it usually benefits the mere individual pursuing it, MetroRock turned the tables by giving local climbers a chance to push themselves for a greater cause.Steele SendFest! – Urban Rocks Gym Bouldering Competition and FundraiserOn May 29th, 2009, Chattanooga’s Urban Rocks Gym will be hosting a bouldering competition and fundraiser for the Southeastern Climbers Coalition’s purchase of Steele, Alabama. The competition will be a Citizens Format and we are planning for a Men’s and Women’s category in each division.The 31st TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM FESTIVALAmerica’s premier event of adventure, culture, and mountain lifestyle, Mountainfilm in Telluride will celebrate its 31st festival this May 22-25, 2009. What began as an ode to climbing and mountain living, has evolved into a four-day experience that draws athletes, artists and activists from around the world. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR PASSES!International Kalymnos Climbing FestivalThe International Kalymnos Climbing Festival will be held on May 22-26, 2009, on the scenic and tranquil island of Kalymnos, Greece. The event will be organized by the Municipality of Kalymnos. Climbers of all abilities and from all countries are welcome to attend the event.Melloblocco 2009On May 7-10, (Thursday through Sunday), 2009, over 2100 registered climbers and more than 5000 visitors gathered for the sixth annual Melloblocco, or “bouldering game”, at the most famous international bouldering meeting in the world, Val di Mello (Val Masino – Sondrio), Italy. It was meant to be a celebration and what a celebration it turned out to be!Rocky Mountain Highball – Colorado Premiere – RecapLast Monday, April 27th, 2009, was the first public screening of Rocky Mountain Highball. It was an incredible evening for all of us involved and for the Colorado bouldering community as a whole. The event nearly packed the Boulder Theater and brought together four generations of Colorado boulderers.Lisa Rands SlideshowJoin us on May 2nd, 2009 at Looking Glass Outfitters & Brevard Rock Gym for a slideshow with Lisa Rands. Come hear tales of climbing around the globe from one of the world’s top rockclimbers. Doors open at 6:30pm and the slideshow starts at 7:00pm. Tickets $5 at the door.Rocky Mountain Highball – Colorado PremiereYama Studio, along with The American Alpine Club, request the pleasure of your company at the world premiere of Rocky Mountain Highball on April 27 at The Boulder Theater. “Rocky Mountain Highball” is a new climbing film that presents an in depth look into why some climbers push themselves to boulder at the vertical limit. CLIMB FOR A CURE – Sponsored by MetroRockPLACE: MetroRock, Everett, MADATE: April 25, 2009TIME: 4 PM to 10 PMWHAT IT IS: fundraiser to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber in their fight against childhood cancerGOAL: raise $6,000MetroRock Will sponsor the event and donate the first $1,000PURE Movie to Benefit School in Rocklands, South AfricaThis Friday (April 24th, 2009), at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO we are hosting a charity showing of my new film PURE to benefit the Elizabethfontaine Primary School in Rocklands, South Africa. This school serves the children of the farm workers in the Rocklands area. Some of the students come from up to 12 miles away to attend classes. The 17th edition of the Piolets d’Or As a real celebration of worldwide mountaineering, the Piolets d’Or undertakes to its defend fundamental values. This revitalized 17th annual event will bring together mountaineers from all four corners of the Earth in a veritable festival on April 22-25, 2009.Eastern Sierra Climbers Coalition Buttermilk Adopt-a-CragOn Saturday, April 18, please meet us at the “borrow pit” just south of the world famous Peabody Boulders above Bishop, California. Working in partnership with Friends of the Inyo and the Inyo National Forest, we will spend the morning cleaning up trash and trying to limit the network of user trails around the boulders.Timy Fairfield Multi-Media Show, Youth Camp and Adult Clinic at Climb IowaTimy Fairfield will be teaching a youth camp, an adult clinic and will be giving a free multi-media show at the Climb Iowa Gym from April 15-20, 2009 in Grimes, Iowa. Fairfield will be working with Climb Iowa coaches and athletes to improve effectiveness and stimulate interest in the training process. For more information visit: climbiowa.com4th Annual MOG Sale & Outdoor Fest!ATTENTION GEARHEADS! It’s that time again… the 4th Annual MOG (Manufacturers of Outdoor Gear) Outdoor Gear Sale & Festival is coming Saturday, April 11! Bring the family, join your buddies and head downtown to the 500 block of Main Street, Grand Junction, CO for a day of great deals on outdoor gear & apparel and Telluride Mountainfilm.2009 Rockpile Rendezvous – Pinnacles National MonumentOn April 4, 2009, join us at California’s Pinnacles National Monument on the East Side at the at the Moses Spring Parking Lot for the 2009 Rockpile Rendezvous presented by the U.S. National Park Service. The Rockpile Rendezvous will celebrate the legacy of conservation and stewardship that climbers have practiced at Pinnacles over the last 70 years. Mountain Gear’s Red Rock Rendezvous Enjoys Sixth Successful YearWith 1,000 climbers from across the nation converging on Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas for the sixth annual “Mountain Gear Presents: Red Rock Rendezvous” rock climbing festival in March, the event continues to be one of the largest climbing festivals in the nation for paid participants.Mallorca Slideshow and Movie by David VuonoOn March 27, 2009 at 8:00pm, David Vuono will be giving a slideshow on his most recent climbing adventure to deep-water solo in Mallorca, Spain with his good friend and climber Kevin Ryan. The slideshow and raffle will take place at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center in Burlington, VT.The 2009 RED ROCK RENDEZVOUS: Presented by Mountain GearThe sixth annual “Mountain Gear Presents: Red Rock Rendezvous” climbing festival will return to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 20-22, 2009, to benefit The Access Fund and other local and national non-profit organizations. Due to the growing popularity of the festival, this year’s event is limited to the first 1,000 registrants. Sign up now at: RedRockRendezvous.comFriday the 13th Killer CompThe details have just released on the year’s most frighteningly fun competition at Rock Spot Climbing Gym in Boston, MA on Friday the 13th, 2009. CASH PRIZES for Individual winners! We are encouraging climbers of all abilities to join us for a great time. Raffles, free food, DJ, Group Freeze Frame game, Mystery climb and more
STONEY BASH – 2009For those of you who are familiar with the Widgi Bash in Oregon, the Stoney Bash is going to be similar! Stoney point is in need of a revamp in a VERY large way. So how better than to get a bunch of AMAZING people together and have at it!? Food, drink, climbing and a handshake with Mother Earth!2009 Stone Alliance Film Tour ScheduleThree internationally celebrated climbing filmmakers Eric Perlman, Brian Solano and Mike Call have joined forces to bring you some of the best climbing action from all over the globe. Catch the World Premier, March 11th at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado. Live guest appearances by Emily Harrington, Timmy O’neill, and filmmaker Brian Solano.Paradox Sports – Gimps On Ice – 2009Paradox Sports is pleased to announce the second annual gathering of Gimps On Ice in Ouray Colorado on March 6th, 7th and 8th, 2009. Men and women who are missing limbs or eyes or the use of their legs will gather to challenge themselves physically and mentally and, especially to challenge the common perception that an amputee is handicapped …Lake City Ice Climbing FestivalOn February 28, 2009, come check out the Lake City Ice Climbing Festival in beautiful Lake City, Colorado. This year’s event features timed lead & top rope events, awesome prizes for the best climbs and it only costs $15 per person. 4th Annual DC Metro Climb4LifeThe HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation joins REI and Black Diamond Climbing Equipment for the fourth annual DC Metro Climb4Life, February 27 to March 28. The month-long event raises money for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives through community sponsorship and participant fundraising. The event will be held at Earth Treks in Rockville, Md., and Sportrock in Sterling, Va.Five College Outdoor FestivalThe Five College Outdoor Festival is a celebration of outdoor sports, wild places, and the spirit of adventure. Our goal is to inspire the Five College and western Massachusetts community to engage in human-powered outdoor recreation on February 27th and 28th, 2009.The California Premiere of PureOn February 26th, 2009, at 7:15pm at the Rialto Theatre in Santa Rosa, featured athlete Kevin Jorgeson will be hosting the CA Premiere of Chuck Fryberger’s new bouldering flick. From the producer of Dosage V – Alpine Blocs comes a 35mm bouldering flick about bouldering on planet Earth: PURE.Dynamic Bouldering at ABS 10The problems were creative and the athletes moved like monkeys at this years American Bouldering Series National Championships on February 13-15, 2009 at The Spot Bouldering Gym in Boulder, Colorado. In its 10th season, ABS routesetting is definitely world-class. In fact, finalist Max Zolotukhin called the four men’s and four women’s lines “the best problems in a comp ever.”Best of the Midwest Bouldering ChallengeOn Sunday, February 22nd, 2009, in Rochester, MN, The Minnesota Climbers Association (MCA) presents the 2009 Best of the Midwest Bouldering Challenge (BoMBC) hosted by Prairie Walls Bouldering Gym. The BoMBC is an ABS format competition with over 100 routes on Prairie Walls’ state of the art textured boulders, some of which are free-standing.Spend an Evening with Three Cups of Tea, One Astronaut, and Dozens of Climbing IconsWhat do a best-selling author, NASA astronaut, handful of renowned explorers, and couple dozen icons of climbing have in common? They’ll all be gathering in Golden on February 21st, 2009, for The American Alpine Club’s Annual Benefit & Awards Dinner. And you’re welcome to join them.The Colorado Premiere of PureDon’t miss the PURE WORLD PREMIERE at The Boulder Theater this Friday, Feb 20th, 2009. Tickets can be pre-booked through The Boulder Theater, and if you’re in the Boulder area they are also for sale at The Spot boulder gym this week. From the producer of Dosage V – Alpine Blocs comes a 35mm bouldering flick about bouldering on planet Earth: PURE.The Warrior’s Way Espresso Clinics – 2009 Midwest TourWarriors Way Clinics are specifically designed for climbers who want to learn or refine their climbing skills. Schedule: Upper Limits, MO – Feb 16; Univ of Minnesota, Duluth – Feb 18; Boulders Gym, Madison, WI – Feb 19; Univ of Illinois, Urbana – Feb 22; RockQuest, Cincinnati, OH – Feb 23; Planet Rock, Ann Arbor, MI – Feb 24; and Hoosier Heights, Bloomington, IN – Feb 25. 2009 Boulder International Film FestivalFebruary 12-15, 2009 – 55 Films and 31 Filmmakers with a Spotlight on Comedy, Adventure and Music Themes. ADVENTURE FILM HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Journey to the Center – Winner of Best Film on Mountain Sports at the 2008 Banff Mountain Film Festival; Red Gold – Winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Banff Mountain Film Festival; and The Last Days of Shishmaref – On the Academy Awards short list, and more.The Heart of Steel Bouldering Competition – Event RecapOn January 24th, 2009, the Boston Rock Gym hosted one of the most innovative and futuristic indoor climbing comps of the year. The Heart of Steel Bouldering Competition, master-minded by the talented Gavin Heverly and equally astute Mxim Zolotukhin, attracted over 100 competitors and the support of 26 sponsors.2008 Chandler Mountain ChallengeJoin Solid Rock Climbers for Christ for the Chandler Mountain Challenge — a bouldering competition for all abilities — at Horsepens 40, near Steele, Alabama on February 8-9, 2008.UCLIMB at Joshua Tree – Presented by Mountain GearAfter enjoying a successful inaugural year, UClimb, a series of rock climbing events designed to introduce the sport of rock climbing to beginners, will host a weekend session in Joshua Tree, California, on February 7-8, 2009. For more information and registration please visit: www.uclimb.org.Betty Ice Ball – Event RecapForty-four women gathered in Ouray, Colorado, on January 30, 2009, for the first Betty Ice Ball, a weekend take on the usual week of instruction Chicks With Picks offers every winter in the ice park. The Ice Ball commemorated the tenth anniversary of Chicks With Picks (CWP), the women’s ice climbing program that ice hardwoman Kim Reynolds started in 1999.Rock Steady 4/Good vs Evil Climbing CompetitionSaturday, January 31, 2009, at the Lakewood Link Recreation Center, in Lakewood, Colorado, come on out for the the Rock Steady 4/Good vs Evil Climbing Competition. Youth Competition 10am-1:30pm, ages 6-14, all levels; Adult Competition 1:45-5pm, ages 15 and up all levels; $20 pre-registration; $30 day-of-event. Visit www.lakewood.org/recreation for more information.Inside the 2009 SCS NationalsAmidst a soggy evening snowstorm on Sunday, January 25, just outside Salt Lake City, the Momentum climbing gym bustled with energy — a crowd of hundreds gathered to witness America’s top climbers vie for the 2009 SCS Adult National Championship (scsnationals.org). Outside of Momentum’s thick walls, the echo of cheers and applause faded into the night, while inside, Carlo Traversi and Emily Harrington bested the competition to clinch first place finishes. Smuggler’s Notch Ice BashOn January 30 – February 1, 2009 get ready for the Northeast’s premiere ice climbing festival at Smugglers Notch, in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Cool clinics, evening bash, wild and crazy climbers, exciting slideshows, plastic boot slack-line, gear demos, awesome ice and mixed routes, and more. Join climbers from around the Northeast for that special kind of winter fun!
Highballin’The Spot Gym Goes Off for Highball Comp – The Spot Bouldering Gym in Boulder, Colorado, knows how to throw a good party, and on January 24th, 2009 they did just that. Their equation is this: take beautiful women and pair them with strong men, feed them free food and beer, give them a DJ, and throw them at some balls hard boulder problems. Click here to see more photos by Ryan Nadlonek from the competition.HEART OF STEEL Bouldering CompBe ready on January 24th, 2009 for The Boston Rock Gym’s HEART OF STEEL bouldering competition. It will be the raddest comp New England has ever seen with tons of amazing routes, tons of prizes, free schwag, live music, dancing, food, and much more.The Highball – Comp #3 – The Spot Bouldering Series – Season IVOn January 24th, 2009, get ready for the third bouldering competition in our Spot Bouldering Series. A “Highball” slackline set between our Font and Hueco boulders will be a special attraction after the Adult Comp.Adaptive Sports Center: Amputee High Adventure WeekendOn January 23 – 26, 2009, experience the freedom of carving turns down a mountain and the exhilaration of ascending frozen waterfalls during this long weekend of winter adventure activities. Skiers of all abilities will enjoy two days of ski instruction on Mt. Crested Butte, followed by two days of professionally-guided ice climbing at the world-renowned Ice Park in Ouray, CO.White Mountain School’s Winter Festival Weekend to Benefit the HERA FoundationWinter Fest Weekend, in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, January 10–11, 2009, includes ice-climbing and skiing workshops, a Climb for the Cure Climbathon and a presentation by climbing legend Henry Barber. Registration is $40, and forms are available HERE.Andy Kirkpatrick: When Hell Freezes Over – 2008 TourIf you’ve not managed to catch Andy on his current When Hell Freezes Over tour around the UK, he will be adding an extra date at the end at Imperial College London South Kensington Campus on December 16th, 2008. “Never has trying not to die on a mountain seemed such a good laugh.” The Highland NewsSandstone Ice Festival 2008Join the fun December 12-14, 2008, in Sandstone, Minnesota. Try climbing ice, test out your winter camping skills, find out about the lastest designs in ski pulks. All good reasons to get off your couch and check out whats going on. For more info visit: www.sandstoneicefest.comMarmot Presents The 2008 Triple Crown Bouldering SeriesWith the Hound Ears and HP 40 comps in the books, competitors eagerly await the conclusion at the Stone Fort in Chattanooga, TN on December 6th. Don’t miss it! The Triple Crown is dedicated to maintaining climbing access by supporting the Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition and The Carolina Climbers’ Coalition.The Spot Gym’s Night of the Rising Sun – Season IVOn Saturday, December 6th, 2008, the second comp in the Spot Bouldering Series will sure to be a blast. Youth and Adult Bouldering Competitions followed by crashpad sumo wrestling, fun for all ages. All abilities welcome Recreational, Intermediate, Advanced, and Open divisions. Free food and drinks for competitors from Wahoos and Avery Brewing.Warriors Way Mental/Movement CampBy Arno Ilgner – Combine the Warrior’s Way mental fitness material with movement skills on December 5-7, 2008, at Foster Fallls in East Tennessee. Training must be integrated to benefit fully from it. We’ve blended the skills of movement and mental fitness to create a more powerful and efficient approach to climbing.World Premiere of Andy Parkin: “Life in adaptation” at the 2008 Kendal Mountain Film Festival, November 20th – 23rdUPDATED – 12/04/08: The 30 minute documentary, shot over 2 years by Blue Hippo Media and Weekday Productions, provides a powerful insight to the life of a remarkable man who, in 1984, suffered a near fatal Alpine climbing accident. Many then believed Andy’s love affair with the mountains to be over. Watch the Trailer.Heidi Wirtz: An Inspiring Soles SemifinalistThe North Face athlete and Boulder resident Heidi Wirtz, co-founder of the nonprofit Girls Education International (Girls Ed), was notified in October that she was one of five semifinalists for the Inspiring Soles Award. Votes are now being collected to choose the finalist at the Inspiring Soles website: VOTE HERE.Westminster College’s First-Ever Intercollegiate Climbing CompetitionOn November 18, 2008, in Salt Lake City, Utah, college students with focus and determination from across the state competed for the title of “best boulderer” at Westminster College’s first-ever climbing wall competition. Tye Watkins and Lizzie Nielson, both students at the University of Utah, took first place honors in the men’s and women’s divisions beating out more than 30 other students.Celebration to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The NoseWednesday, November the 12th marked the day Warren Harding, Wayne Merry and George Whitmore topped out on the now iconic El Capitan climb 50 years ago. This past weekend [November 15-16, 2008], at an event organized by Ken Yager and the Yosemite Climbing Association, climbers gathered to honor the first ascent team …Training Clinics by Timy Fairfield at Vertical World – November 2008Timy Fairfield will be offering a series of 5 climbing/training workshops at Seattle and Redmond Vertical World facilities November 18-20, 2008. Timy will be sharing training methods and insights gained from his experiences as a veteran professional rock climber of 18 years and foreign-trained world cup competitor.The North Face and Black Diamond present the First Annual 2008 Yangshuo, China Climbing Festival More than 350 climbers from 15 countries and more than half the provinces in China came together the First Annual The North Face/Black Diamond Yangshuo Climbing Festival was held from October 31 through November 2 in and around the town of Yangshuo in Southeast China’s Guangxi Province.Bolivia Rock Star FestivalOn November 1st, 2008 at the Amor de Dios Neighborhood in the Aramjuez area of La Paz, the First Rock Star Festival took place. The Vertigo Climbing Club, who organized this event, created a competition based on a triathlon theme where competitors would do a 4 kilometer run, a 60 meter zip line and climb ten routes. See a photo gallery from the event.John Bachar Southeast Tour – November 2008In every sport there are men, myths and legends. In the world of rock climbing and free soloing, there is only one name that fits all three: John Bachar. One of America’s most daring rock climbers is visiting the Southeast (Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina) in November, 2008. While here, he will be giving several slideshows and Acopa Shoe Demos.IX Festival de Boulder 2008The IX Festival de Boulder, November 8-9, 2008, is a two day bouldering event held on natural rock (not indoor), in it’s the 9th edition (2000-2008). This is the most important climbing event in Argentina held at the coastal boulders near Mar del Plata, several hours south of Buenos Aires.2008 Boulder Adventure Film Festival – Inspiring World Class Film, Art and Environmental ActivismCONTINUING TONIGHT! The 4th Annual Boulder Adventure Film Festival takes place November 6, 7 and 8th in Boulder, Colorado. Surf monster waves in Liberia, climb sheer rock in the Alps, swim with sharks! Get ready to feel the power of nature through film, lectures and hands-on participation.
Chris Sharma Signature Slide Show Tour – Southeast 2008Meet Chris Sharma, the most recognized, skilled, inviting and friendly figure in rock climbing. Here are five chances to catch him in the SE this fall: Saturday Oct 25th at the New River Gorge, WV; Wednesday Oct 29th at the Great Outdoor Provision Co., Raleigh, NC; Thursday Oct 30th on the ASU Campus, Boone, NC; Monday Nov 3rd at Alabama Outdoors, Birmingham, AL; Wednesday Nov 5th at Rock/Creek in Chattanooga, TN.The International Climbers’ Meet RecapStory and photos by Jim Donini / AmericanAlpineClub.org – We were pleasantly surprised that 49 climbers from 23 countries signed up for our inaugural event. Europe was well represented but it was gratifying to see climbers from Russia, China, Japan, Turkey, South Africa, Brazil and Australia there as well. The 24th country, America, was represented by 30 host climbers from a dozen different States. See a photo gallery by Anna Piunova from The International Climbers’ Meet HERE2008 Climb SmartFriends of Joshua Tree will host the 11th annual Climb Smart gathering at Indian Cove group campgrounds from October 24 through October 26, 2008. This is the largest gathering of Southern California’s climbing community, featuring intensive clinics, gear raffles, food and top notch entertainment over the weekend.Warriors Way SPORT Camp 2008This training is specifically targeted to those climbers who want to learn or refine sport climbing skills, improve safety awareness, and gain a heightened degree of mental focus through applying the Warrior’s Way program. New River Gorge (3 days) – October 24-26, 2008Castleton Tower Adopt A Crag EventUtah Open Lands, with support from the Access Fund and American Alpine Club, will host the first annual trail maintenance and baselands stewardship event at Castleton Tower on Friday, October 24th, Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th. The event is an official Access Fund Adopt-a-Crag event. It is made possible by Petzl’s sponsorship of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Moab which will celebrate its fifth year anniversary this March.Timy Fairfield Clinics and Training Camps – Fall 2008Timy Fairfield will be offering six clinics and training Camps in October in the Michigan, New Mexico and Arizona areas. Gym Climbing, warm-up techniques, injury prevention, bio-mechanics, fundamentals of sport specific strength training, competition mental tactics, bouldering competition strategy, speed drills, movement techniques & skills, sport-specific power endurance fitness training, Heart Rate training, cross- training, video analysis and more!The AAC’s Craggin’ Classic – RecapThe American Alpine Club and its industry partners pulled out all the stops for the first annual Craggin’ Classic. On October 9th Layton Kor provided the perfect lead-in to the festival, with the AAC and Neptune Mountaineering hosting his first slideshow in many moons. A packed house of 1,200 climbers filled CU Boulder’s Macky Auditorium for the kick-off event, enjoying tales from Kor’s remarkable climbing career.New Paltz Climbing Film FestivalThe 10th Annual New Paltz Climbing Film Festival, featuring the Reel Rock Tour, will be 7:30 PM, Saturday, October 11 (Columbus Day Weekend). Because the Studley Theater has been closed for renovations, we will be back at the Lecture Center, next to the library on the SUNY campus. Reel Rock has opened with sold out crowds in Squamish, Boulder, Durango, and Crested Butte. NBC JEEP WORLD OF ADVENTURE SPORTSDon’t miss Dean Potter as he makes the first “BASE solo” (or FreeBASE) of the Eiger on NBC October 11 @ 2:30-4:00 PM ET. The entire 1.5 hour episode is hosted by Pat Parnell from the Eiger. Dean’s climb was filmed by cinematographer Jim Hurst and photographer/mountain guide Beat Kammerlander. Produced and directed by Sender Films.The Craggin’ ClassicComing to Golden, Colorado October 10-12, 2008 this major new climbing festival is presented by the American Alpine Club, and will feature Layton Kor (Guest of Honor), John Gill (’08 Underhill Award recipient), and Dave Turner (’08 Bates Award recipient). Get more info and register at www.cragginclassic.com.Climber-run nonprofit to hold benefit dance party at the b Side Lounge in Boulder, ColoradoGirls Education International, a nonprofit organization founded by Heidi Wirtz and Lizzy Scully, will be hosting a late-night dance party fundraiser at the hippest new club on the Front Range, the b Side Lounge Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado on Thursday, October 9, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:45 a.m.2008 Neptune Mountaineering Horsetooth Hang – RecapThe 2008 Neptune Mountaineering Horsetooth Hang, held at Rotary Park in Fort Collins, Colorado, pulled off its annual bouldering festival this past Saturday, September 27 with a Western-themed flourish. Pink cowboy hats (on the guys), pigtails (on the girls), and cowboy boots of all types came together for a day of stewardship, community development, and a little competition.24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell – 2008 Event RecapOn Saturday, September 27th, 200 climbers set off on a unique quest to lead as many routes as possible within a 24 hour time period on the bullet sandstone of Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas. For the third year, this one-of-a-kind climbing event tested endurance, pain tolerance, and mental stamina as each team pushed it to the maximum in Recreational, Intermediate and Advanced classes.The 13th Horsetooth Hang: A “Wild West” Climbing Festival And Trash Clean UpThe Neptune Mountaineering Horsetooth Hang is a non-profit rock climbing festival and trash clean up that will take place at the Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins on Saturday, September 27th, (Rain Date: Oct 4th) 2008. Visit www.horsetoothhang.net for more details, cost and registration.The Nor’easterIt’s not just a concert and it’s way more than rock climbing and camping. The Nor’easter powered by Eastern Mountain Sports is a weekend-long festival of music, sport, and conservation happening September 26-28, 2008 at Tenney Mountain in Plymouth, NH.24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell – 2008The 24HHH Hell hits back harder than ever this year on September 26-28, 2008. This unique climbing event tests endurance, pain tolerance and mental stamina as you log continuous routes in a 24 Hour timeframe on the steep sandstone of Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas.Climb Up Kilimanjaro so Kids Can Grow Up – September 2009How far would you go to give hope and save lives? American Foundation for Children with AIDS invites you to participate in a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa to raise money for our programs in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya.AN EVENING WITH GREG MORTENSON – Wednesday, September 24, 2008 – The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CAPlease join us for a special Rowell Lecture event, a reception and program with the co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and best-selling co-author of Three Cups of Tea as he pays tribute to his friends Galen and Barbara Rowell and discusses his life’s work.Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up FundraiserHikers, Cyclists, Climbers and Runners will “Climb” September 20 and 21, 2008, to Raise Funds for AIDS Medications and Supplies. The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) and the American Alpine Institute are teaming up again to host Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up. 2008 Vedauwoo Bouldering CompetitionOn September 20th, 2008, come on out to the high plains of Wyoming for some bouldering action at Vedauwoo. Competitors should assemble at the central gazebo by 10am. The cost to enter the event is $20. Later there will be a slide show by Jamie Emerson followed by an awards ceremony in Laramie.
Parallel Universes – Climb4Life Slide show at SLC LibraryDon’t miss the Parallel Universes Slide show with Jason Kehl, Heidi Wirtz and Joe kinder at the downtown SLC library on September 19th part of the 2008 7th annual HERA Foundation Climb4Life event. It is $10 at the door and all proceeds go to support the HERA Foundation www.herafoundation.org. Warriors Way TRAD Camp 2008This training is specifically targeted to those climbers who want to learn to lead trad routes, improve safety awareness, and gain a heightened degree of mental focus through applying the Warrior’s Way program. New River Gorge (3 days) – September 19-21, 2008Utah-based Companies and Participants Helped Make the 7th Annual HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation Climb4Life A SuccessThe 7th Annual HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation Climb4Life hosted by Utah-based Black Diamond was held September 18-21, 2008 in Salt Lake City. The event, part of a national series that raises money for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives, roped in more than $100,000 and counting.SLC’s 7th Annual Ovarian Cancer Climb4Life to Support Local WomenThe organization — which strives to save the lives of mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, partners, and girlfriends through ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives — ties climbing with fundraising to bring women and men together to help find a cure on September 18-21.Utah’s High Adventure Mountain Film Festival 2008The first annual Utah’s High Adventure Mountain Film Festival will launch September 18-21, 2008 at the historic Peery’s Egyptian Theater and the David Eccles Conference Center in downtown Ogden, Utah. This four-day festival is comprised of thrilling films, panel discussions and award ceremonies that promote the spirit of high mountain adventure sports in a picturesque, active mountain town.Costa Blanca Deep Water Solo festivalAdventure and expedition specialists Rock and Rapid have announced that this year’s week-long DWS festival in Costa Blanca, Spain will begin on Sunday the 14th of September, 2008. The event will be located around the well-known and climber friendly Orange House near Finestrat.2008 Reel Rock Film Tour Premiere at the Boulder Theatre – Photo GalleryPhotos courtesy of the reelrockfilmtour.com – The thousand-seat Boulder Theater was packed to the gills on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 for the launch of the 2008 REEL ROCK Film Tour and to celebrate the release of the new film, The Sharp End. Huge thanks to all the locals who came out. Windstopper and Gore-tex had their mobile weather machine there, and 99.5 The Mountain radio from Denver was broadcasting live. 2008 REEL ROCK Film TourThe 3rd Annual REEL ROCK FILM TOUR is rolling, with already sold out shows at over 80 locations world wide! To check out the tour schedule and film trailers, go to: www.reelrocktour.com. During September and October, The 2008 REEL ROCK Tour will be thrilling crowds from New Paltz to Cape Town and dozens of points in between with the best climbing and outdoor adventure films of the year.It’s time to vote! Sender Films has recently launched the top films for the first annual REEL ROCK Filmmaking Competition on reelrocktour.com where people can vote for their favorite short films in each category: Humor/Spoof and Action/Inspiration. The 8th Annual TRASH BASHBoulder, Colorado’s 8th Annual Flagstaff Trash Bash will be happening on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008, and you know it will be raining booty. So mark your calendar, recruit/brainwash some friends, and head up to the Summit to pick up trash, eat dinner, drink beverages, and walk away with the goods. As always, there will be food, beverages and a raffle for all the volunteers following the cleanup. Warriors Way Training – NE Tour – Fall 2008By Arno Ilgner – The “Espresso” four-hour clinics, camps and presentations (introductions to mental fitness training) are specifically targeted for climbers who want to learn or refine their climbing skills, improve safety awareness, and gain a heightened degree of mental focus by applying the Warrior’s Way program.REEL ROCK Film Tour World Premiere – Boulder, Colorado – September 10th & 11thWednesday’s REEL ROCK premiere in Boulder is SOLD OUT! So we’ve added a second show the following day: Thurs, Sept 11, 7:00 at the Boulder Theater. Tickets available in advance at the Boulder Theater only. $12 Advance, $14 at the door. After Boulder, REEL ROCK continues on for over 80 shows across the U.S and world. CLICK HERE To Watch the Reel Rock Film Tour Trailer2008 Rifle Clean Up RecapThe organizers of the 2008 Rifle Clean Up that took place Saturday, September 6th would like to say THANK YOU! to our sponsors, supporters, and helpers. With everyone’s help we were able to make this the most productive clean-up event ever.2008 Rifle Clean-UpThe 2008 Rifle Mountain Park Clean-Up will take place Saturday, September 6th in the canyon followed by a BBQ and party at the Community House (that’s up canyon past the campground). There will three kegs of Avery Beer and tons of food! $5 gets you food, beer, and raffle tickets! EVEREST – CBC’s New Two-Part MiniseriesA new two-part miniseries, Everest, set to air on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (www.cbc.ca) on August 31 and September 1, recreates one such fateful expedition. The four-hour series by Screen Door Productions (screendoor.org) tells the bittersweet tale of the 1982 Canadian expedition.Bear Valley Adventure Sports Festival – August 16, 2008Come celebrate the thrill of human powered recreation in the beautiful High Sierra village of Bear Valley located at 7,000 feet along scenic Highway 4 between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. A variety of outdoor activities including rock climbing, road cycling, mountain biking, flatwater kayaking and hiking will blend into an exciting weekend of adventure, education, competition and fun.Mammut Bouldering Championships – August 9th in Salt Lake City, UtahThe 3rd annual Mammut Bouldering Championships Season Finale will be on Saturday, August 9th, from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Shilo Inn, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Held during the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Trade Show, the Pro Finals will draw the world’s biggest names in rock climbing to compete for a $10,000 cash purse, the largest purse in U.S. climbing.THE SAD SMOKY MOUNTAINS & skyscrapers – A CIVIL ACTION AND A WORK OF ARTDuring the final part of this action of ours the Sad Smoky Mountains will be meeting the Cities. The Urban Climbers, “city mountaineers” moment has come! In togetherness with mountains, in togetherness with the hills we will be kindling the hearts of our cities and their inhabitants employing the same red color used afore by returning to the origin of those columns of smoke chosen to be used as a symbol, an invariable symbol of this work of art.Bloqueando Bouldering Competition – Challcupuncu, Bolivia 2008By Daniel Aramayo – Photos by Juan Gabriel Estellano – On July 19 and 20, we celebrated the second edition of “Bloqueando”, a bouldering event. It’s more of a gathering of participants rather than a competition with mostly Bolivian’s but also some French, English, German and Mexican climbers who measured their skills and strengths over the weekend on some magic volcanic boulders.Trad/Mental 3-Day Camp – Vedauwoo, WY – 2008This climbing training camp is specifically targeted to those climbers who want to learn traditional climbing and gain a heightened degree of mental focus through applying the Warrior’s Way program in a trad setting. August 4-6, Vedauwoo, WY
Tout A Blocs – 2008On July 30 – August 2, 2008 the biggest bouldering event in France the Tout A Blocs (TAB) will be kicking off in the town of l’Argentière la bessée and on the beautiful granite boulders of Ailefroide, France. The competion includes an outdoor international bouldering contest where three hundred climbers competed last year.Extremity Games 2008 RecapThe place looks like a bomb went off. Legs and arms are strewn all over the floor. Sounds grim, but in all actuality, it’s really cool. I’m standing in the middle of the 2008 Extremity Games climbing competition, hosted at Planet Rock in Pontiac, Michigan on Friday July 25th, and things are looking good.Zillertal Petzl RocTrip – July 23-27th 2008The Tyrolean area known as Zillertal is the alpine jewel of Austria. The new development of this climbing area provides routes of all grades on perfect red, white, and gray granite that rests below the über-historic classic mountaineering of the Tyrolean Alps the perfect spot for a climbing festival and this years Petzl Roc Trip!Buildering at at Diespeker Wharf – London Festival of Architecture – July 20, 2008Pollard Thomas Edwards architects will be hosting an ambitious interactive installation organized and implemented by The Castle Climbing Centre to explore a hidden London and provide exclusive access to the London skyline.USA Climbing Level 1 Routesetting Clinic – So Cal Style!On July 19th and 20th in Riverside, California, Pro Setter Chris Danielson will instruct a USA Climbing Level 1 Routesetting Clinic at an incredible new gym in So Cal – Hangar 18 Riverside!2008 Squamish Mountain FestivalThe SQUMF is getting ready to thrill locals and visitors again this summer with an exciting mix of films, clinics, competitions and guest speakers: Dave MacLeod, Ed Cooper, Matt Maddaloni, Majka Burhardt, Sonnie Trotter, Micah Dash and Cedar Wright. The festival takes place at various locations around Squamish, BC from July 16 to 20. REEL ROCK FILMMAKING COMPETITION – DEADLINE IS JULY 15!The annual Reel Rock Film Tour is gearing up for it’s third season, with 100 or more screenings of the world’s best climbing films coming to a city near you this fall. And if you have a camera, a computer, and a fresh idea, one of the featured films could be yours!East Coast Premier DOSAGE V – July 10thThe East Coast Premiere of Dosage V from Big Up Productions is being held at The Rock Club on Thursday July 10 at 8pm. It will be the only screening of the movie on the east coast, so this will be your one chance to catch it on a big screen. The Fifteenth Annual International Climbers’ FestivalThe ICF is an annual event that began 15 years ago with the mission of promoting and celebrating the sport of rock climbing. The 2008 Festival will be held this July 9th – 13th in Lander, Wyoming.Céüse, France Climber Clean-upUPDATE – 7/08/08 – Céüse is clean! A climber clean up weekend has been planned July 5 and 6, 2008 to maintain a good relationship between the Céüse locals and climbers. Céüse is one of the most well know cliffs for sport climbing in the world but due to it’s popularity there are new problems to solve.Environmental Stewardship Adventure DaysClean trails at local crags Crescent Rock July 5 and Elizabeth’s Furnace on September 6 in the morning then go rock climbing in the afternoon on us! The programs are open to all adventurers over 8 years old and we encourage families to come together and volunteer. Tour Schedule: Perfecto – Rock Climbing Above the SeaThe Perfecto Tour stops in Salt Lake City, Dan Diego, San Francisco and Boulder throughout the month of July, 2008. Among Mallorca’s fragrant almond groves, famed nightclubs and speedo-sporting Eurotourists, limestone cliffs rise from the sea like sentinels, their steep pockets beckoning to climbers the world over. Watch the Perfecto – Rock Climbing Above the Sea TrailerGirls Education International’s Fundraiser at the Hangar Restaurant in Estes ParkOn Thursday, June 26, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hangar Restaurant in Estes Park is hosting a benefit for Girls Education International, a nonprofit organization founded by North Face athlete Heidi Wirtz and writer Lizzy Scully. The fundraiser will feature tunes by local musician Justin Faye and a slide show by author and mountaineer Pete Takeda.Hong Kong Climbing Competition RecapThe very best of Hong Kong’s homegrown climbers showed up to battle it out at the 51st Festival of Sport Hong Kong Youth Sport Climbing Championship & Open Ranking Competition on June 8th 2008. Foul weather conditions halted the championships in the morning, but it cleared quickly allowing climbers and spectators alike to enjoy the fantastic display of climbing prowess.Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum Hosts “Views of the Himalaya” EventMountain to Mountain, a Breckenridge-based organization dedicated to promoting education and community development in remote mountain communities, along with the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, will open the “Views of the Himalaya” event on June 11, 2008.Beth Rodden, Tommy Caldwell and Chris McNamara on Jeep’s World of Adventure SportsThis Saturday (June 14, 2008 @ 2:00-3:00 PM ET) on NBC follow Beth Rodden, Tommy Caldwell and Chris McNamara on a 3-week Grand Canyon climbing exploration where the team discovers spectacular bouldering and trad first ascents in a short film shot and edited by Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer, and photographed by Corey Rich.Award Winning Blindsight Documentary Premieres in Boulder June 10-11Join Global Explorers, Erik Weihenmayer and other cast members for the Boulder Theater premiere of the award-winning documentary film called Blindsight. The two night showing begins at 8PM on June 10th and June 11th. Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to summit Mt. Everest, will introduce the film on the 10th following a red carpet VIP event at Q’s Restaurant from 5-8PM.IFSC Bouldering World Cup Coming to the 2008 Teva Mountain GamesThe seventh annual Teva Mountain Games® will host the first IFSC Bouldering World Cup event on United States’ soil in close to twenty years, June 5-8, 2008 in Vail, Colorado. In partnership with USA Climbing and the Town of Vail, the Teva Mountain Games® was successfully awarded this World Cup climbing competition by sport climbing’s governing body, the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC).Dosage Volume V World Premiere – Boulder Theater, Wed, June 4, 8:00PMDosage V, the latest climbing film from Big UP Productions, features non-stop action with breathtaking visuals and an unmatched roster of the world’s top climbers, including: Beth Rodden, Tommy Caldwell, Dave Graham, Chris Sharma, Daniel Woods, Paul Robinson, Dani Andrada, Patxi Usobiaga, Daila Ojeda, Ty Landman, Jason Kehl, Randy Puro, Matt Bosley, Michael Fuselier, and more.A Waste-Free New River Rendezvous? No Problem.By Mary Caperton Morton – For the past six years, the New River Alliance of Climbers (NRAC) has sponsored an annual three-day festival to kick off the spring climbing season at the spectacular New River Gorge in southern West Virginia. Determined to stick to “Leave No Trace” principles, even when hosting a big event, Rendezvous organizers challenged this year’s climbers to “Step Up or Stay Home!” Sure enough, all 800 participants stepped up. SEE A GALLERY BY MARY MORTON
2008 MOUNTAINFILM IN TELLURIDEAmerica’s premier event of adventure, culture, and mountain lifestyle, Mountainfilm in Telluride will celebrate its 30th festival this May 23-26, 2008. What began as an ode to climbing and mountain living, has evolved into a four-day experience that draws athletes, artists and activists from around the world.The 2008 New River Rendezvous RecapStory and Photos By Devaki Murch – There is no denying the New River Rendezvous is the best climbing event all year. Why? Because only in West Virginia will people drive 4, 8 or even 12 hours non-stop despite the bleak weather reports in excited anticipation of seeing great friends, good times and stellar climbing in the New River Gorge. SEE THE GALLERY BY DEVAKI MURCHAnnual Kismet Jubilee Scheduled for May 17An evening of food, fun and entertainment to benefit Kismet Rock Foundation – The Fourth Annual Kismet Jubilee is coming to Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway on May 17, 2008. Sponsored this year by RE/MAX Presidential-Drummond & Drummond and Badger Realty, the Jubilee is a celebration of community, climbing and Kismet.2008 New River RendezvousThe word is out rock climbers know how to throw a great party! May 16-18 the New River Rendezvous Festival kicks off the climbing season at the New River Gorge in Fayetteville, West Virginia. For years it was pretty low key, until 2007 when 1,200 climbers crashed the three-day event.May 16-18, 2008 NEW RIVER RENDEZVOUS MAKES BIG CHANGES!Last year the 5th Annual New River Rendezvous exploded. Attendance jumped 50% to around 1200 participants. “Everyone was great, patient with the lines and all, but we got dangerously close to blowing out the venue so it was time to reel it in,” stated event organizer Kenny Parker.Jason Kehl Multimedia ShowJoin Professional Rock Climber, Artist and full time Vagabond Jason Kehl this Tuesday Night (5/13/08) at Thresh Hold Climbing Gym in Riverside, CA as he recalls chilling tales of highball bouldering from around the world. $5 Admission includes climbing day pass for non members! This is not your average slideshow, but a spectacle of sight and sound that will tingle your senses and stimulate your instinctual urge to get out and connect to the world. www.climbthreshhold.com5Point Film Festival Debuts May 8-10, 2008 in Carbondale, ColoradoUnscripted and intimate in nature, the 5Point Film Festival debuts May 8-10, 2008 in Carbondale, Colorado, featuring a five-star roster of adventure films, special guests and programs to engage audiences and build passion with a conscience through the power of the moving image.High Country Outfitters Spring SlideshowsHigh Country Outfitters, in cooperation with the Atlanta Climbing Club and Sweetwater Brewery, is presenting three outstanding climbers in a series of fund raising slide shows. Rock climbing pioneer Henry Barber on May 1st and Exum Guide Brenton Reagan on May 14th.Jason Kehl Multimedia ShowJoin Professional Rock Climber, Artist and full time Vagabond Jason Kehl this Thursday Night (4/2408) at Neptune’s in Boulder as he recalls chilling tales of highball bouldering from around the world. This is not your average slideshow, but a spectacle of sight and sound that will tingle your senses and stimulate your instinctual urge to get out and connect to the world.Cassar Jewelers ClimbFest 2008: Recap and Award RecipientsOgden, Utah, April 3-19, 2008 Ogden Climbing Parks is proud to announce the recipients of the Cassar Jewelers ClimbFest 2008 of the Mountain Adventure literature and art awards. The annual ClimbFest event brings together artists and authors to share their passion for the mountains through art and literature with the local Ogden Community. CLICK HERE to see a photo gallery from the eventGalen and Barbara Rowell Lecture Series and Award in San FranciscoPlease join us for the fourth annual Rowell Lecture with featured speaker and celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz as she shows and discusses her work Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at the Hotel Nikko, in San Francisco, CA.2008 Colorado College Bouldering Series FinalOn May 5th the Sport Climbing Center in Colorado Springs is hosting the 2008 Colorado College Bouldering Series Final. Come on down and check it out. The facility has 13,000 sq. ft. of sculpted climbing surface for leading, toproping or bouldering and there are routes for all ages and abilities.Girls Education International’s Spring MasqueraveThis Saturday, April 12, Girls Education International, co-founded by North Face athlete and rock climber Heidi Wirtz and writer/climber Lizzy Scully, are holding a “Spring Masquerave” fundraiser at Café Babu in Boulder, Colo.YOGA and Climbing At Joshua TreeJoin Deep Yoga and climb in Joshua Tree, Friday evening, April 11 and Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2008. Join Bhava and Laura Plumb for a special retreat of yoga, rock climbing, hiking, nature, meditation and star-gazing in sacred Joshua Tree National Monument outside of Palm Springs.Party to Help Shoe Nepalese ChildrenPut your party shoes on and roll down to Trilogy Wine Bar on Thursday, April 10th to help put shoes on the feet of children and adults in the Kingdom of Lo, Nepal. Boulder resident Katie Homes, founding partner of Little Yoga Warriors, LLC, will be traveling to the Dolpo and Mustang regions of Nepal to deliver footwear to children and adults in need.A DUEL TO THE DEATH – The Spot Bouldering Series Season III FinalsIn a competition fit for the Coliseum, The Spot Bouldering Gym hosted the final bouldering comp of the season: The Gladiator Season Finals. The series, with previous events Psychedelia, Night of the Rising Sun, and The Gun Show, wrapped up on March 15, 2008. Click Here for PHOTOS OF THE EVENTMemorial Service for Steve DieckhoffSteve Dieckhoff, the Boulder, Colorado, climber, artist, carpenter, and friend to many passed away on Saturday, March 15. Before he went, he had some time to mull over his final requests. A Memorial Service will be held at Eldorado Springs Canyon, Boulder, Colorado, at 5 p.m., Sunday April 6. All are welcome.2008 Gravity Brawl Wrap UpBy Megan Parks – Photos by Tim Kemple and Dave Toth – On March 28 and 29, the 2008 Gravity Brawl had Isaac Newton turning in his grave. The season opener of the Mammut Bouldering Championships Pro Tour had 270+ participants who pushed the gravitational limits.Jeff Lowe and OGDEN CLIMBING PARKS announce Cassar Jewelers ClimbFest – Ogden, Utah 2008A Literary and Arts Festival where attendees can get up close and personal with climbers, authors and artists April 3-19. More than one hundred works of art and photographs will be displayed in a number of the restaurants and businesses located along Historic 25th Street and around the city of Ogden for two weeks before the festival.Triangle Rock Club 2008 Trad-athlonA fund-raising benefit for The Access Fund, Trad-athlon 2008, will be hosted by the Triangle Rock Club in Morrisville, NC, on March 29, 2008. Two-person teams will compete against the clock in four individual and team events. These events will address the essential traditional (trad) climbing skills of rappel setting and descent, ascending ropes using friction knots, escaping a belay …
MOUNTAIN GEAR PRESENTS: RED ROCK RENDEZVOUSThe fifth annual “Mountain Gear Presents: Red Rock Rendezvous” rock climbing festival coming March 28-30, announced its initial list of expert climbing guides to lead the event’s scheduled clinics. Clinic guides include internationally renown athletes such as: Mijka Burhardt, Tommy Caldwell, Olivai Cussen, Malcolm Daly, Mica Dash, Brittany Griffith, Arno Ilgner, Dean Lords, Dale Remsberg, Beth Rodden, Matt Segal, Pablo Stein and Don Welsh.The 2008 Dirtbag ClassicA weekend of golf, beer, food, laughs and as much climbing as you can handle.The Dirtbag Classic is an event put on every year in Bishop California. It is a weekend comprised of a golf tournament, lots of beer and climbing. We are putting on the 4th Annual Dirtbag Classic on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.Gimps on Ice 2008 – RecapStory and photos by Devaki A. Murch – Paradox Sports brought together 9 gimps, amputees and paraplegics for a stellar weekend in the Uncompahgre Gorge in Ouray, Colorado for the inaugural Gimps on Ice. Climbers came in from San Antonio, British Columbia, Maine, Vermont, Utah and Colorado. See a Photo Gallery by Devaki A. MurchRedpoint’s March Madness Boulder CompRedpoint Indoor Climbing in Fayetteville NC is hosting a March Madness Bouldering Competion, March 15, 2008. There is cash money for the winners in advanced and awesome prizes for intermediate, recreational, and youth. Pre-registration cost is $40. It’s five dollars more at the door, the day of … so hurry now!Blindsight Movie PremierGlobal Explorers and world renowned blind climber Erik Weihenmayer would like to invite you to an exclusive premiere of the award-winning documentary Blindsight in Denver on March 13th, 2008 at 7PM at the Mayan Theatre (110 Broadway). The film has won Audience Awards for Best Film at many major film festivals worldwide and was nominated for Best Documentary Film in Britain.Everest Summiteer Tonya Riggs To Speak About Upcoming Annapurna Expedition at Outdoor DivasOutdoor Divas presents “Everest and Beyond,” March 12th in Boulder, Colorado, an inspirational evening with speaker and 2006 Everest summiteer Tonya Riggs. The event will help raise awareness for ovarian cancer and the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation.Marko Prezelj SlideshowMarko Prezelj, UIAGM Mountain Guide, will present a show of climbs in Patagonia, Alaska, Himalaya, Tibet and Pakistan’s Karakoram to benefit the AMGA. Tuesday March 11th, 2008 – 8pm at Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder CO. A $5 minimum – all proceeds will go to benefit the AMGA.Gimps On IceAfter dreaming about “Gimps” for almost a year it’s finally going to happen. On March 7, 8, and 9 of 2008 a gathering of amputees, paraplegics and normals -Team Paradox – will spend the weekend learning about “disabled” ice climbing.Journey to The Soul – Henry Barber Lecture SeriesDon’t miss this rare opportunity to see Henry Barber: Thursday, March 6th in Jackson, Wyoming at the Snow King Lodge; Wednesday, March 12th in Golden, Colorado at the American Mountaineering Center; and Thursday, March 13th at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.Horse Pens 40 – SLOPERFEST 2008Saturday, March 1, the Schultz family will be hosting the Southern SloperFest Bouldering Competition and Music Festival charity event at Horse Pens 40, in Steele, Alabama – benefiting the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, Chandler Mountain Volunteer Fire & Rescue, and Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital.HERA Climb4Life – DC MetroThe third annual HERA REI Black Diamond Ovarian Cancer Climb4Life with DC Metro climbing gyms Earth Treks and Sportrock takes place February 29- March 29,2008. This month-long event includes climbing, yoga, fund-raising benefits, and speakers, for both climbers and non-climbers, and aims to raise funding for ovarian cancer research.Grand Opening: Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering MuseumThe Museum is finally ready to open its doors to the public. And so we would like to extend an invitation for everyone to join us for our weekend-long opening celebration February 16-17, 2008No Holds Barred 2008 – Warrenville, ILOn March 1st Vertical Endeavors Warrenville (Chicago area) will host its 7th Annual No Holds Barred 2008 climbing competition.Passion for Flashin’ 2008 The St. Paul, MN Vertical Endeavors Climbing Gym will be kickin’ off its 15th Annual climbing competition, Passion for Flashin’, on Saturday, February 9th, 2008.Spray Trailer and Tour ScheduleSpray from BS Productions, attempts to capture the true spirit of climbing, to explore the treasures of California’s northern coastline. Follow Joe Kinder and Chris Lindner on their most recent journey through the delicate beaches of Arcata, the stunning limestone of the Trinity Aretes, the historical shores of Mickey’s Beach, and the alpine stone of Donner Summit.The 1st Annual Niobrara Ice Jam FestOn January 25th–27th the 1st Annual Niobrara Ice Jam will kick off at the Niobrara River Ranch, a working ranch and hospitality operation about 20 miles East of Valentine, Nebraska.Welcome to The Gun ShowBy Megan Parks – A Round Up of the Spot Gym’s Bouldering (and Paintball Comp), January 19, 2008 – Born and raised in Alabama, I’m all too familiar with gun shows. I’ve never actually attended one, but I have been caught in the crossfire …AAC Members Only Pre-Opening Museum ReceptionFebruary 7, 2008 – Members of the AAC, CMC and National Geographic Society are gearing up for the opening of the Bradford Washburn Mountaineering Museum in Golden, CO.Fun, Fundraising Party for the American Mountaineering Center Museum January 18, 2008 from 7:00-11:00 pm – In a final push to raise funds to support the building of the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum we are having a party!The Spot Bouldering Series Season 3, Event 2A good comp like this one, with no finals and no prizes (only giveaways and raffles), is a great time: there’s no pressure; your only prerogative is to climb new routes until pumpitude grounds you, hang out, and then enjoy the provided food and booze. VIEW THE EVENT GALLERY
Benefit Art Show: “The Art of Climbing”The Art of Climbing: Art Show with Slide Show by Mark Synnott is coming to the Salyards Center for the Arts on November 9, 2007.Seneca Rocks Memorial EventFamily and friends of Pete Absolon, Howard Doyle, Charlie Fowler and Greg Smith, are gathering at Seneca Rocks 4 pm Saturday November 10, 2007 to celebrate their lives and place in the Seneca rock climbing community.2007 All Access TourFrom Hueco Tanks to the Trango Towers. A Multimedia Presentation and Access Fund Membeship Drive, October 25-December 10, presented by Micah Dash and Matt Segal2007 Sandstone Ice FestivalHelp welcome in the Winter with the third annual Sandstone Ice Festival December 7th-9th. It’s happening again; ice climbing, winter camping, fireworks and a sponsors party at The Gas Light Bar.HERA C4L SLC – 2007 – RecapIt was a six-digit weekend for climbers in Salt Lake City September 13 – 16, 2007 as women, men and kids from around the U.S. gathered for the 6th Annual HERA Ovarian Cancer Climb4Life. SEE THE EVENT GALLERY BY JOHN EVANS24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell Recap“Welcome to Hell” was the greeting one partner gave to another as he rolled out of his sleeping bag the morning of the competition. Why would anyone want to subject themselves to sleep deprivation, exhaustion, malnourishment, dehydration, prolonged pump and bloody fingers? CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF THE EVENTThe 9th Annual New Paltz Climbing Film FestivalSaturday, October 6, 2007 – Julien J. Studley Theater – 7:30 pm – SUNY – State College of New York at New Paltz. Featuring the Reel Rock Tour. REEL ROCK 2007 will feature Chris Sharma’s King Lines, the groundbreaking new movie from Sender Films and BigUp Productions.HERA Salt Lake City – RecapThank you to all who participated and volunteered in the 6th Annual SLC C4L hosted by Black Diamond. This event would not have happened without all of you: partcipants, volunteers and sponsors alike. Together we can make a difference and stop the loss of mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, partners and girlfriends from ovarian cancer. CLICK HERE To see a gallery from the eventCLIMB SMART – Joshua TreeKick off the Joshua Tree climbing season, October 26-28, with clinics for all abilities lead by Patagonia ambassadors Mark Wilford and Brittany Griffith, and Black Diamond athlete Chris Schulte, as well as AMGA guides from Wilderness Outings.24 Hours of Horseshoe HellSeptember 28th-30th at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch near Jasper, Arkansas, hundreds of climbers, from all over the country, will come to particpate in a one-of-a-kind, 24-hour-long outdoor climbing competion. Teams of two will endure severe fatigue, dehydration, bloody tips, and an unforgettable climbing experience.Sheclimbs Boulder GatheringAre you looking for a fun weekend of climbing on some of the best rock in the country? Join other women climbers of ALL ABILITIES in Boulder, CO over October 5-7th for climbing, guest speaker Beth Bennett, a group dinner, workshops, gear raffle, a magician and more as you raise money to fight ovarian cancer and lung disease.Petzl Roc Trip join’s RocktoberfestThis year, Petzl Roc Trip will present Rocktoberfest, to be held October 12th – 14th, 2007, drawing an international crowd of climbers gathering for a weekend of clinics, competitions, and celebration, while raising awareness and funds for the RRGCC.Sportiva “Solution” Team TourThe 1-month/20 event tour, scheduled October 12 – November 5, will visit the SE region of the US. Timy Fairfield, Jason Kehl, Ivan Green, Abbey Smith will be offering a series of free multi-media shows, shoe demos, gear raffles and poster signings.12th Annual Horsetooth HangOn Saturday, September 29th, the 2007 Neptune Mountaineering Horsetooth Hang Bouldering Festival, just outside Ft. Collins Colorado, will have a packed line-up of exciting elements that you won’t want to miss!Climb Up so Kids can Grow Up September 22 and 23 – Climb, boulder, run, ride, hike, walk, or anything to benefit the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. Together with our sponsors, we invite “climbers” everywhere to bring awareness to the pediatric AIDS pandemic.The REEL ROCK Film TourREEL ROCK 2007 will feature KING LINES, the new movie and first-timecollaboration by Sender Films and Big UP Productions. Sharma will makeappearances at several major REEL ROCK shows in 2007Squamish Mountain Festival RecapA week of wet and unstable weather did nothing to deter the enthusiasm of audiences and speakers at the Squamish Mountain Festival on July 13th – 21st , presented by ARC’TERYX, which wrapped up 10 days of presentations, films, competitions and clinics.Squamish Mountain Festival RecapWhat an event!!! Everything aligned for the 2nd annual Squamish Mountain Festival. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, bluebird and nary a cloud. Our speakers and films were unique and both inspiring and entertaining to the participants who came from near and far to enjoy the Squamish Climbing vibe. Thanks so much to all who made this such a great event. Click here to view a photo gallery from the 2008 Squamish Mountain Festival2007 Mantle WarfareREDPOINT INDOOR CLIMBING presents the 2007 Mantle Warfare Bouldering Competiton in Fayetteville, North Carolina In Honor of Gerry Wilson September 8th, 2007 – 11am to 5pm – Pre-registration is $35$45 at the door – register now! Registration begins at 11am, climbing starts at noon! Awards at 5pmSquamish Mountain Festival 2007Arc’teryx Equipment is proud to present the Squamish Mountain Festival, a grass roots gathering to celebrate the magic of Squamish climbing, bouldering and mountain culture. The event will take place July 13 – 21 in Squamish, British Columbia.
New River Rendezvous Event RecapThis year’s Rendezvous was the fifth and by far largest event. Over 1,200 people showed up from across the eastern half of the country, pitched more than 350 tents at the massive, bowl shaped National Park Service (NPS) campground known as Burnwood, and enjoyed the West “By God” Virginia hospitality that infused every bit of the Rendezvous from top to bottom.2007 New River RendezvousMay 18th – 21st — The event gods smiled down on the 5th annual New River Rendezvous providing splitter weather and a large crowd of over 1000 happy, relaxed climbers who enjoyed the three day schedule of comps, clinics, parties and general hanging out and goofing off, all for the benefit of New River Alliance of Climbers.The 2007 International Climbers’ FestivalThe 14th Annual International Climbers’ Festival will be held July 11th through the 15th in Lander, Wyoming featuring slideshows, clinics, a trade fair, parties and of course world-class climbing.Rime and PunishmentRead Dougald MacDonald’s 5 day report from the International Winter Meet in Scotland. More than 75 climbers from 24 countries meet in the Cairngorms for a week of wind-blasted mixed routes. AAC Mountain Fest and Annual MeetingThe year’s greatest collection of climbing talent will be the American Alpine Club’s Mountain Fest and Annual Meeting. The three-day weekend event (March 30-April 1, 2007), will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend clinics taught by some of the hottest climbers of today at Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park.2007 Festiglace du QuebecJoin us Feb 16th-18th in Pont-Rouge (just outside Quebec City) to celebrate Festiglace’s 10th anniversary! Featuring international competition, open speed competition, clinics, slide shows and the 10 year party you don’t want to miss it!Climb Smart 2006 in Joshua Tree brings climbers and NPS together12/08/06 – Over 170 participants, partiers and volunteers showed up at this year’s Climb Smart event in Joshua Tree National Park, where they were treated to an all-star lineup of instructors, multimedia presentations, camping and 5 renovation and planting projects over the October 27 weekend.CLIMBING WALL ASSOCIATION, INC. ANNOUNCES CLIMBING WALL SUMMIT AND MANAGERS’ SYMPOSIUM12/08/06 – Boulder, Colorado – The Climbing Wall Association, Inc. (CWA), Leahy & Associates Inc. and Focus Communications, LLC announced the schedule for the first Climbing Wall Summit, April 12-14, 2007 to be held in Boulder, Colorado.Triple Crown 2006 Stone Fort RecapThe enthusiastic rock-fondling horde was efficiently whisked up the mountain to the Montlake Golf Course in a line of Big Yellow Buses, and the competition started the moment everyone stepped off. A line of pads with legs strolled the 100 yards down the hill to branch out and wander among the melted marshmallows of grey stone, each offering its own intriguing arrangement of shapes and angles.HP40 – Triple Crown 2006 RecapWhat makes a good comp? Is it the climbing? Is it the crowd? The prizes? The after-party? In other words, what attracted 400+ competitors to the second round of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series at Horsepens 40, Alabama, a legal and climber-friendly boulderfield?Houndears Recap – 2006 Triple Crown Bouldering SeriesThe Hound Ears Bouldering Competition is staged annually in Boone, NC, deep in Blue Ridge Mountains. This outdoor event, the first in the Triple Crown Bouldering Series (www.triplecrownbouldering.org) has the unique quality of being held in a boulderfield at the top of a gated community, accessible only on this one day every year.2006 Rifle Clean-up RecapSeptember 30, 2006 – It is a long-standing tradition here at Climbing to aid in keeping Rifle Mountain Park clean for climbers and our combined public perception. Every year at the end of September we host the annual Rifle clean-up, during which climbers are invited to help clean the park and later enjoy a BBQ and party courtesy of Climbing. In the past the clean-up has consisted of picking up trash and pulling weeds. This year we had bigger plans! View the Gallery by Devaki MurchTriple Crown Bouldering Series 2006Triple Crown is a series of bouldering events at three of the premier boulderfields in the Southeast: Hound Ears in Boone, NC on October 7th, Horse Pens-40 in Steele, AL on November 4th, and The Stone Fort (formerly known as Little Rock City) in Chattanooga, TN on December 2nd.2006 Neptune Mountaineering Horsetooth HangOctober 14th, 2006—Fort Collins, Co: The 2006 Neptune Mountaineering Horsetooth Hang is going to be the best festival so far. For those unfamiliar with the event, the “Hang” as it is commonly known is a non-profit bouldering festival and trash clean-up that takes place at the world famous boulders of Horsetooth Reservoir.Bouldering by the Wildflowers – 2006 Crested Butte Bouldering Bonanza RecapCrested Butte, Colorado (8,885 feet) is a small ski town, National Historic District, and wildflower capital. When the ski lifts shut down for the season and the ski tourists go home, a population of 1,550 artists, cowboys, and adventurers who see the Butte as a recreational paradise remain.The 2006 Rifle Clean-up8/28/06 – It is a long-standing tradition here at Climbing Magazine to help in keeping Rifle Mountain Park clean for climbers and our combined public perception. Every year at the end of September we host the annual Rifle clean-up, during which climbers are invited to help clean the park and later enjoy a BBQ and party courtesy of Climbing.2007 Red Rock RendezvousLas Vegas, NV – The fourth annual “Mountain Gear Presents: Red Rock Rendezvous” rock climbing festival will return to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas on March 23-25, 2007 to benefit The Access Fund and other local and national non profit organizations.The Reel Rock Film Tour Spins in Carbondale ColoradoCarbondale, CO – August 21, 2006 –ClimbingMagazine presents the Reel Rock Film Tour as a benefit for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a volunteer organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for ovarian cancer research and awareness programs.2006 Crested Butte Boldering Bonanza7/28/06- 7/30/06 – The Butte Bouldering Bonanza. Have you heard of it? Are you interested in checking it out? Well let me try and paint a mental picture of what I think it might be like There’s still some snow in the mountains here, but its only a memory at the Skyland Boulders where the Bonanza’s competition is held.2006 Climb SmartJune 15, 2006 – Joshua Tree, CA: Environmental group, Friends of Joshua Tree, will host the 10th annual Climb Smart event at Indian Cove group campground, October 27-29, 2006 in Joshua Tree National Park.
New River Rendezvous DispatchThe Burnwood (not Burning Man, dude) tent city has sprung to life once again, on therim of the East’s most dramatic river gorge, for the 4th annual New River Rendezvous. Weather is breezy and cool, with continuing chance of uncertainty forecast for festival weekend.The 13th Annual International Climbers’ FestivalThe 13th Annual International Climbers’ Festival will be held July 5th through the 9th featuring slideshows, clinics, trade fair, parties and of course world-class climbing. This year we are very excited to host Patagonia Ambassador SonnieTrotter as our keynote presenter. 3rd annual Butte Bouldering Bonanza The Butte Bouldering Bonanza will be back once again this year with good energy, new events, and a challenge for every climber that visits. Held at the Skyland boulders in the friendly little village of Crested Butte this event is grassroots, organized by climbers who love to see the climbing community come together.Crack Yourself Up at Splitter CampThis climbing season, join renowned instructors and hone your skills at Splitter Camp: three-day intensive crack climbing seminars offered this spring and fall in Indian Creek, Utah. Splitter Camp offers six sessions, with three spring and three fall seminars. Success of last years’ events has lead to an increased number of camps this year; sign-ups are already filling, so register early.HERA Ovarian Cancer Climb for LifeLooking for a Challenge?Help fight ovarian cancer by registering for the HERA (Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness) Climb For Life Celebration and enjoy a weekend of climbing fun! Whether you’re a beginner or just returned from Mount Everest, everyone is welcome to participate. For a $50 donation, you’ll get a weekend of climbing, parties,giveaways, live music and our thanks because your gift goes directly to fund ovarian cancer research and to help women.2006 Teva Mountain GamesVail, CO, May 31 – June 4, 2006- TMG represents the nation’s largest venue for a bouldering competition, with 28,000 spectators expected throughout the weekend.The largest prize purse for any climbing competition in the US with a combined cash purse of $16,000 distributed to winners of the difficulty bouldering, speed bouldering, and freestyle dyno divisions.2006 Hueco Rock RodeoThe Hueco Rock Rodeo, Februrary 25, is the by far the loudest, sickest, and most raging outdoor bouldering competition in the nation. It’s the one day a year where large groups are allowed to roam almost unchecked in the best boulder fields of North America: Hueco Tanks State Historical Site, Texas.Festiglace 2006February 17-19, 2006 – The ninth-annual Festiglace du Québec ice-climbing festival presented by The North Face. This year, Canada’s largest ice festival includes exciting competitions, product demos, and guest speakers. Climbing’s Jeff Achey is providing Live updates from Festiglace.Festiglace Report by Jeff Achey2/17/06 – As ice climbers converge from around the world on the famed Festiglace, held just south of Quebec city, Mother Nature has prepared an alpine welcome. Blizzards and other weather obstacles clog many of the Midwestern and Northeastern travel hubs, and here, outside our traveling headquarters at the Gite a Emilie in Neuville, snow is blowing sideways across the ice-choked St. Laurence River … which is a welcome change from this morning’s sleet. Triple Crown Bouldering SeriesJim Horton and Chad Wykle once again have brought to the Southeast the biggest and badest outdoor bouldering competitions, the Triple Crown Bouldering Series. Hound Ears – October 1st, 2005, Horse Pens 40th – November 5th, 2005, and Little Rock City – January 7th, 2006. These extremely intense competitions provide climbers with anywhere from six to eight hours to climb the 10 hardest problems their body will allow.Houndears Triple Crown Bouldering Series 10/01/05 – Houndears, the first of the Southeastern Bouldering Series Triple Crown, took place above the million-dollar gated community of the Houndears Golf Club outside Boone, North Carolina.2005 Horsetooth Hang Bouldering Festival10/23/05 – After four long years, the Neptune Mountaineering Horsetooth Hang Bouldering Festival is back and here to stay. On October 23rd, 160 climbers and volunteers from all over Colorado came together for a spectacular day of festivities and fun at Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins.2nd Annual Butte Bouldering Bonanza8/1/05 – This past weekend the 2nd Annual Butte Bouldering Bonanza took place in Crested Butte, Colorado. While still a young event, there was no lack of enthusiasm and we had a blast checking it out.Roc Trip – 2005 – Squamish, BC6/24/05 – 6/26/05 – This gathering, the third event of its kind in North America, brings some of world’s best climbers and the climbing public together to celebrate climbing in a fun, laid-back atmosphere while raising money for local climbing area conservation efforts.ICF Live Update 37/10/05 – In certain parts of the world the winds are so unique, predictable, or a part of life that they have been named: the Sirocco of Italy, the Nor’easters of New England, and the Mistral of France.ICF Live Update 2 7/9/05 – Lander is officially the hottest place on earth, because of the awesome climbing scene and the fact that it is about the same temperature as the surface of the sun.ICF – Live Update 17/08/05 – The outlook for Lander, Wyoming is scorchio. In Spain, the word describes broiling days in the Iberian Peninsula, but this weekend it could be applied to the high desert of southern Wyoming.RocTrip 2005 Update 6Once again, we’d like to express our sincere thanks to all the people of Squamish, all of the athletes that travel here from around the world and all of the spectators that who made this event so special.RocTrip 2005 Update 5We couldn’t get enough of DJ LaFouche’s music on Saturday night! With the help of Sahid Belhaj on Flute/Triangle/Bongos, Timmy O’Neill on Bongos and Guillaume Broust on the video deck, LaFouche kept people in rhythm and on the floor until we closed The Howe Sound Brewery & Inn down about 2AM.RocTrip 2005 Update 4After we last left you, only a few hours were remained until Roc Trip Squamish 05 was set to kick off.
International Climbers’ Festival 2005 – Lander, WY7/07/05 – 7/10/05 – The 12th Annual International Climbers’ Festival! For those of you who have never been here before, the ICF is a non-competitive event where climbers get together, hit the crag, have some fun and celebrate our favorite sport. Lander is a world-class sport-climbing destination, home of the legendary Wild Iris and the ever-popular Sinks Canyon. RocTrip 2005 Update 3Conditions were gloomy for our third Petzl/Arc’Teryx RocTrip update as rainy weather controlled Tuesday night and persisted through Wednesday morning.RocTrip 2005 Update 2Our second report from Petzl/Arc’Teryx’s RocTrip Squamish, and lets establish something right now. Right here, right now. “Right here, right now.” Squamish is the spot!RocTrip 2005 Update 1First Bishop, then the Gunks, and now the mighty Chief. Roc Trip goes to Squamish! Petzl, along with Arc’Teryx, is getting ready to host 2005’s biggest climbing event…Rifle Mountain Park Climber Clean Up and Party10/15/05 – At 6:30 p.m., at the community house above the campground, the keg donated by Avery Brewing Company will get tapped, the barbecue furnished by Climbing Magazine will commence and music provided by the legendary DJ, Underground Chuck, will begin.