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Red Rock Canyon Climbing Event to Benefit The Access Fund

Las Vegas, Nev. – The sixth annual “Mountain Gear Presents: Red Rock Rendezvous” rock climbing festival has again improved its annual event to cater to outdoors enthusiasts and climbers of all skill levels. The festival will return to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas on March 20-22, 2009, to benefit The Access Fund, a climbing and environmentally focus organization, 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. Registration is now open at www.RedRockRendezvous.com and interested climbers are urged to sign up quickly.

For less experienced climbers and those who have never attempted the difficulty levels of the Red Rock Canyon, the festival will offer a Friday “Intro to Climbing at the Red Rocks” clinic day. The “Intro” day is hosted by UClimb, an organization designed to teach all ages how to rock climb in comfortable, small-group settings with other amateur climbers. The full-day introduction clinics will teach climbing fundamentals to succeed at the Red Rocks and other outdoor settings.

The clinics will take place in an intimate clinic setting by professional guides who are also some of the world’s most accomplished climbers. “Intro” participants will then be able to enjoy one full day and one half day throughout the weekend. There will also be an optional gear package that will include harness, helmet, shoes, belay device, carabineer, chalk bag and a membership to the Access Fund. The gear package with the “Intro” day and the weekend climbing clinics is $349.

The festival will also offer clinics for advanced and intermediate on Saturday and Sunday. Registration is $89 per person for the Saturday and Sunday events, and $179 per person for the Friday “Intro” day and Saturday and Sunday clinic combo (without the gear package). Registration includes the Friday night opening celebration, a dinner buffet on Saturday night, demos, comps and mini-seminars by event sponsors, slideshow and movie on Friday night, a blow-out party on Saturday night, pancake breakfast Sunday morning and service projects to assist in the environmental conservation of the Red Rock Canyon and Spring Mountain.

All of the festival activities, outside of the climbing clinics, will take place at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park located approximately 10 minutes from the entrance to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This year’s Red Rock Rendezvous participant camping will be at Bonnie Springs, one mile south of Spring Mountain Ranch. The festival will be running a shuttle bus between the campground and the festival locations throughout the event.Event proceeds will benefit The Access Fund, a national non-profit organization dedicated to keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment. Other benefiting organizations include the American Safe Climbing Association, the American Alpine Club, Friends of Red Rocks and the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council.

To register for the event or for additional information, call 800.829.2009 or visit www.RedRockRendezvous.com.