Las Vegas, Nev. With 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. Presented by Mountain Gear and sponsored by The North Face, Red Rock Rendezvous has earned a reputation for having some of the world’s best climbers as instructors in the unique surroundings of Red Rock Canyon.
“Red Rock Rendezvous continues to be a world-class event for climbers of all skill levels,” said Paul Fish, president of Mountain Gear. “Although many recreation events have struggled thus far in 2009 due to the current economic conditions, we were able to maintain our attendance and remain a premier event for climbers throughout the county. We have worked hard to further the sport of rock climbing and share it with as many people as possible and we are thankful to all of the participants, athletes, sponsors and clinic guides for making this event a success. We are also pleased that the event benefits many local and national non-profit outdoor organizations as well as including an annual community service project during the festival to help preserve Red Rock Canyon.”
The 2009 climbing festival raised approximately $15,000 for non-profit organizations including: The Access Fund, a national non-profit organization dedicated to keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment; American Safe Climbing Association; American Alpine Club; Friends of Red Rock; and the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council. The event also garnered 100 more memberships for the Access Fund.
Since its inception six years ago, Red Rock Rendezvous has offered clinics for advanced, intermediate and beginning climbers. The festival also includes: an opening night celebration; a dinner buffet; demos, comps and mini-seminars by event sponsors; a beginners climbing package that includes registration to the festival as well as climbing gear; a blow-out party and slide show; pancake breakfast; and service projects to assist in the environmental conservation of Red Rock Canyon.
For more information about this year's event on March 20-22, 2009 and to find out about next year visit: RedRockRendezvous.com