20th Hueco Rock Rodeo: Feb. 15th-17th

posted by dpm on 01/29/2013



20th Hueco Rock Rodeo

2nd Hueco Rock Rodeo Youth Comp

President’s Day Weekend  ~  February 15th-17th 2013

5.10, The American Alpine Club and the community of Hueco Tanks and are proud to announce the 20th Hueco Rock Rodeo! This event began in 1989 bringing climbers together and despite restrictions, Hueco’s strong climbing community has come together again and again to make The Hueco Rock Rodeo one of the world’s longest-running outdoor bouldering competitions!

“We are so happy to have 5.10 back presenting the Hueco Rock Rodeo again! 5.10 is behind this event in a big way with lots of product and the prize money!” Melissa Strong, Hueco Rock Rodeo Event Organizer.  “The American Alpine Club is very happy to be a part of the 20th Hueco Rock Rodeo hosting the event at our newly purchased Hueco Rock Ranch.”  John Bragg, The American Alpine Club. 

The Hueco Rock Rodeo brings climbers of all abilities together for a weekend full of climbing and camaraderie in the world class bouldering destination of Hueco Tanks. Pro climbers and special events scheduled for this year include:

~ Fred Nicole is returning to Hueco!  He will be at the event helping prAna cook breakfast for the competitors Saturday morning!

Watch Daniel Woods tick 76 V-points in a day at the 2012 Hueco Rock Rodeo. Click the image. 

~ Paul Robinson will be returning for the first time since he won the Rodeo in 2009 to see if he can win again in the Mutant Category! On Friday February 15th Paul will also be premiering his new movie, Chasing Winter, which showcases his last year of bouldering in South Africa and Europe and conducting a Rodeo Clinic on Sunday.

~ Paige Claassen and Abbey Smith will be presenting The Incan Odyssey—a movie about their recent bouldering trip to Peru with Pete Takeda, Mick Follari, and Andy Mann—on Friday February, 15th after pre-registration and dinner. 

Read about the Peru bouldering expedition in issue 22. Click the image.

~ Angie Payne will present Discovering and Establishing Boulders in Greenland—a slideshow about her recent trip to Greenland with Ethan Pringle, Keith Ladzinski, and Mike Libecki on Saturday February, 16th after the comp. 

~ The Park Staff of Hueco Tanks has made the available First Rodeo Hueco Tanks Rock Art Tour on Friday, February 15th at 2:00pm—embracing the cultural aspects of Hueco. 

~ 2nd Annual HRR Art Show featuring work from local strong climbers and artists Sam Davis and Vanessa Compton will be on Saturday, February 16th. Selected works will also be available for viewing and purchase throughout the season at the Hueco Rock Rodeo website.

~ 2nd Annual HRR Dyno Comp will be on Saturday, February 16th

~ 2nd Annual HRR Youth Comp will take place on Sunday, February 17th.

~ There will be free Yoga classes by athlete Olivia Hsu offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Sign up at the Hueco Rock Ranch—times will be posted! 

~ Sunday evening the competitors and clinic participants will be welcomed back to the Ranch for the Rock Rodeo Round Up BBQ! There will be a food, drinks, beer, fire, live music, and, back by popular demand, the mechanical bull! 

Registration costs $80 per participant and includes climbing Saturday, goody bags filled with Rodeo t-shirts, hats and more, slideshows, movie premier, Saturday night party, two breakfasts, three dinners, and beer!

Ongoing Clinics

Hueco Rodeo Rock Climbing Clinics are being offered throughout the climbing season to help folks advance their climbing skills and get ready for the Rodeo! Clinic dates are December 29th, January 19th and February, 17th.  Instructors include professional climbers Jason Kehl, Alex Johnson, Paul Robinson, Paige Claassen, Nick Duttle, Matty Hong, Nina Williams and climbing coach Kris Peters. Sign-ups, dates, and more info can be found on the website – www.huecorodeo.com.



2nd Hueco Rock Rodeo Youth Comp


The Youth Comp was added last year to give excited young climbers of all abilities a way to participate in the Rodeo and push themselves outside of the normal gym environment.

Hueco Rock Rodeo Event Organizer Melissa Strong says: “The 2nd Hueco Rock Rodeo Youth Comp is a great way to get all level of kids supporting each other and having fun outside!”

The Youth Comp will take place on Sunday, February 17th. The day kicks off at 8am with the Asana Breakfast and ends with the weekend’s final event, The Rodeo Roundup Bar-B-Que at the Hueco Rock Ranch!

Youth Comp climbing will be conducted entirely on tours in the back country (guided-climbing-only areas) of Hueco Tanks. The athletes will be with certified Hueco Tanks climbing guides at all times and will be escorted from one climb to another.  The climbers will be in groups of up to ten so there will be plenty of pads and a fun group mentality where they can try hard and climb together!  Individuals, groups, and teams of all abilities are welcome.

“The American Alpine Club is very happy to be a part of the 2nd Youth Comp.  We are in the process of revamping the Hueco Rock Ranch making it a great environment for all climbers including families.”  John Bragg, The American Alpine Club. 

Spectators: There are limited spectator spots available per tour. If you are interested in going out to watch the kids please email huecorodeo@gmail.comASAP to secure your spot.


About the Rock Rodeo

The Hueco Rock Rodeo is a tradition that has been handed down through generations of climbers who love Hueco. The Rodeo proudly supports and donates proceeds to Hueco Tanks State Historic Site and Park , The Climbers of Hueco Tanks Coalition and the El Paso Youth Outreach Program. These organizations work to maintain our privilege to climb at this valuable site while preserving Hueco’s delicate natural and cultural resources and giving back to the local community. We are proud to be continuing the tradition of giving back to Hueco Tanks.

About The Hosts

The 20th Hueco Rock Rodeo is being presented by 5.10 and hosted by the American Alpine Club at their newly purchased property, the Hueco Rock Ranch.  


More info and registration at www.huecorodeo.com


Gleatherland Ranch

Hueco Hacienda

Hueco Rock Ranch



Send Climbing

Guided Tours:

Wagon Wheel Coopt

Hueco Tanks State Historical Site


Local Art:

Photography by Sam Davis
Photography by Gustavo Mosier
Photography by Merrick Ales
Photography by Beau Kahler
Vanessa Compton, Artist



American Alpine Club in Hueco Tanks

Access Fund

Climbers of Hueco Tanks Coalition

El Paso City Visitor's Bureau

Hueco Tanks State Historical Site

To register for the comp, click here!