posted by dpm on 05/10/2011
Now in its ninth year, the New River Rendezvous is the biggest, baddest, climber festival in the country! The three day party kicks off on Friday, May 20th, at one of the country’s best climbing venues, the New River Gorge, West Virginia. As with every year so far, this year will be the best yet with a jam-packed schedule of events that will have you driving home with a wealth of memories and burning forearms.
The schedule of events this year is packed to the gills and there’s too much going on to list here. A few highlights include:
Climbing! Everyone comes to climb and it’s the heart of the event. Do your own thing or have more fun by entering one of the climbing comps. The comps happen out in the gorge and participants say the extra motivation creates one of their best days ever. When’s the last time you pushed yourself to climb ten or more hard pitches? There are different divisions for top-roping, sport climbing, bouldering and trad climbing and tons of prizes including cash money for the winners. Register for the comp here.
The bouldering comp will be held at Hawk's Nest this year. Be there and help put down some projects.
Clinics: Scarpa sponsors the clinics and once again they are free for participants! Sign up for trad-leading, Fall-safe, self-rescue, crank-like-a-girl, and many more. All clinics are headed up by professional guides and/or pro-climbers from across the country. More on the clinics here.
Pro-Athletes: Chris Sharma will be there, need we say more? Did Michael Jordan ever come to your high-school basketball game? Mingle with the pros like Lynn Hill, Brittany Griffith, Pete Kamitses, Matt Wilder, Matt Segal, Dean Lords, Regan Kennedy, Eric Horst, and more!
Free stuff and contests: There is ample opportunity to come away with new gear. Some contests include Mt. Khakis’ Wheel of Pants, Scarpas ‘busted rock shoe contest,’ silent auction, DPM balloon launch, The Dyno Comp, Sumo Pad wrestling, a Thunderdome-esque aerial battle between Clowny and Ticklemonster, and more.
Dessertapalooza: A spread of desserts larger than any you’ve seen before. This year will be especially sweet as we celebrate the Access Fund’s 20th birthday!
Freekbass rules. Click the image for video of them jamming last year.
Party: Free beer! Three bands including non-stop dancing Friday night with DJ Mon Voyage Neon and Saturday with Freekbass!
The event is held at the cliff's edge of sanity! Photo: Harrison Shull/Rendezvous Facebook page
Don’t forget it’s for a good cause! The New River Rendezvous is a fund-raising event for the New River Alliance of Climbers. If you’ve ever climbed at the New River Gorge…You’re a member! All proceeds from the event benefit the gorge. Past projects completed that were funded by the ‘Vous include: the Bubba City parking lots, stone steps at Bridge Buttress, trail work across the Gorge including the mega-stairs at Junkyard, and new bolts for hundreds of routes! Future projects include: more bolt replacement, securing access at the Meadow and Summersville Lake (imagine a world without climbing at the Lake), the new AAC campground, and saving the base of the crag at Butcher’s Branch. Simply attending the event provides funding. Click here for more info on NRAC.
You must pre-register for the event! Availability runs out quick and you can’t get in ‘at the door.’ Visit the New River Rendezvous website here for more info and to register.