posted by dpm on 03/17/2014
On March 8th at Stone Summit Climbing Gym in Atlanta, Georgia, Rock and Rave did it again, raising nearly $24,000 that will go directly toward benefitting the climbing community. The 2014 event marked the 2nd annual Rock and Rave fundraiser, a party-atmosphere evening of fun and games organized by title-sponsor Outdoor Research rep John Juraschek. This year’s proceeds will be split between the Access Fund, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, the Carolina Climbers Coalition, and Paradox Sports. A significant portion of this year’s proceeds will go toward paying off the SCC’s loan for the purchase of Alabama’s Hospital Boulders, a recently opened boulder field that will soon be climber owned and operated.
The first visitors at Stone Summit Climbing Gym. Photos by DPM unless noted otherwise.
It’s all for a good cause, but the whirlwind evening itself is nothing but fun. At 6:30 pm, doors opened and the gym floor was flooded with climbers that wandered through the sponsor booths bumping shoulders with pro climbers that turned out to support the event. Tommy Caldwell, Dave Graham, Lisa Rands, and Kai Lightner were in attendance this year, as well as Kurt “the General” Smith who DJ’d the first part of the evening. Pro climber Timmy O’Neill emceed the event and brought his characteristic high energy to keep things always moving fast and forward.
Dave Graham auto-belay selfie! Photo: Dave Graham Facebook
Bluewater Ropes kicked off the evening with the speed comp and first up were Tommy Caldwell and Lisa Rands going head to head. They set the bar high with lightning quick ascents but it was the young folks that stepped up to the comp wall later that sprinted up the wall with unbelievable agility and took home some great prizes.
Tommy Caldwell and Lisa Rands go head-to-head on the speed wall.
The highball bouldering competition came shortly after and had a simple format. At the top of each problem were large tickets taped to the wall that read “cash” or “shoes.” Competitors skilled enough to reach the top of the difficult problems grabbed a ticket and claimed their prize.
Highball route setters Ryan Scurfield and Brad Weaver showing off the prize tickets. Photo: Katie Coley
Kai Lightner and Kurt Smith eye up the highballs. Kai topped out, but graciously dropped before grabbing up a prize of free shoes. Evolv already takes care of him. Photo: Travis Wills
Climbers were scattered throughout the venue for the duration of the evening. Many chose to just boulder all night in the bouldering cave, while others could be found upstairs snacking on an enormous spread of desserts provided by Prana or taking their turn at Salewa’s table bouldering competition. Outside, Mellow Mushroom’s food cart offered all-you-can-eat pizza and Red Brick Brewery poured beers for the over-21 crowd.
Red Brick Brewery working the taps. Photo: Stone Summit
Inhibitions loosened late in the evening when MC Timmy O’neill and his helpers began throwing crazy amounts of swag into the audience. “Who’s hungry for it!? Nom, nom, nom, nom, nom…” he shouted, before pitching armfuls of product toward the frenzied crowd.
The swag hungry crowd.
Outdoor Research owner Dan Nordstrom came on stage to give a short speech just before thousands of glow sticks were thrown out and New York’s own DJ Mon Voyage Neon took the reins from Kurt Smith. The gym floor turned into a dance floor and the remainder of the evening was a blur of flashing lights, thumping beats, and smiling faces.
Ravers! Photo by the RVproject that filmed the event. Look for a video recap coming soon.
By the next morning, nothing was left but a bit of a mess to clean up, $24,000 dollars for climbing advocacy groups, and a few hangovers and tired eyes. Without a doubt, Rock and Rave has become the most entertaining and successful way to raise a huge chunk of cash for the cause in a single evening. It couldn’t happen without the perfect venue of Stone Summit Climbing Gym and all their hardworking employees that helped out. Outdoor Research and John Juraschek deserve a shout out for throwing the party with the help of Cody Roney, Will Eccleston, Barry Clement, Corey and Katie Wall and many others that organized the event.
Generous sponsors that provided support were: Prana, Black Diamond, Mellow Mushroom, Red Bull, Arcteryx, Petzl, 5.10, Evolv, Walltopia, Bluewater, Mad Rock, Salewa, Scarpa, Bison Belts, Darn Tough Socks, DPM Climbing, Mountain High Outfitters, La Sportiva, Sterling Rope, Bad Ass Pads, High Country Outfitters, Intova and Red Brick Brewery.
See you next year when Rock and Rave returns bigger and better than ever…as usual!
Timmy O'Neill keeping the table boulderers fired up.
DJ Mon Voyage Neon in a blur of motion.
Photo: Stone Summit