The 6th Annual Rendezvous is a fundraiser for the New River Alliance of Climbers (NRAC) and ran entirely by amazing volunteers. Like most things in Fayetteville, the Rendezvous is a community effort, from start to finish. The crowds keep coming back year after year for the homemade cookies that are passed out to the cars filled with climbers packed in like sardines as they drive in and register for the event. The magic of the event lies in the dedication of the community from the climbers, community sponsors and park service who have believed in the Rendezvous for the past 6 years.
2008 brought forward “Step Up or Stay Home!” a Zero-Waste initiative that grew from the MASSIVE amounts of rubbish collected after the 2007 Rendezvous. No disposable plates, utensils, napkins or cups were given out during the duration of the event. Osprey and Patagonia provided snazzy snap-together bowls, Mammut and Petzl gave out their signature pint glasses and coffee mugs that never seemed to be empty. Everyone in the food lines had their own Tupperware, makeshift bowls from orange juice cartons, camping plates and forks and spoons. With a wash station located onsite, everyone was able to keep everything spic and span. Limited parking passes encouraged carpooling. The 2008 New River Rendezvous has set a precedent with this years event in an effort to be more eco-friendly by implementing this new environmentally conscious strategy. With everyones participation they'll work toward creating an even cleaner event next year.
Hawk's Nest boulderers, dogs, and kids were serenaded by the rush of the water coming from the dam and an electric guitar in the background. The crowd trickled in at the end of the day just in time to see Kris “Odub” Hampton and the NRAC kids perform a rap that let all of us know who was pretty “darn tough”. Then the kegs were popped, the wine kept coming and the party started. Sumo pad wrestling brought the crowd to their feet and the competitors to the ground. The dyno comp — set by Project Holds went on into the night as the rain began to pour. The rain didn’t stop as the climbers partied on — What happens in the New — Stays in the New.
Sunday brought more rain as Malcolm Daly and the crew served up pancakes and coffee and Brad Dorough dished out some tasty grits as stragglers ventured out of their wet tents. There is an Ark being built somewhere along the highway between West Virginia and Maryland- but as long as there are some kegs and some rock (not necessarily in that order) — Ark or no Ark, rain or shine — New River Gorge Climbers will climb (and party) on!
The lady who makes the NRR all possible. Give it up for Water Stone Outdoors' Maura Kistler. Photo by Devaki Murch.
The Tooth Fairy? Photo by Devaki Murch.
Why stand in the rain? Dessert-a-palooza of course. Photo by Devaki Murch.