Rocktoberfest 2010 Wrap-up

posted by dpm on 10/11/2010

Since 2007, the second weekend in October marks the coming of Rocktoberfest, the Red River Gorge Climber’s Coalition (RRGCC) fundraiser to help pay for the non-profit’s land acquisition of Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP).
 
All photos courtesy of Wes Allen and the RRGCC
 
Earlier this year, the RRGCC refinanced the mortgage on the PMRP through the Access Fund’s Land Conservation Campaign, saving the Coalition over $10,000 in finance changes. Even so, the RRGCC relies heavily upon the Rocktoberfest event to raise the necessary capital for their loan repayment.
 
 
 
All photos courtesy of Wes Allen and the RRGCC
 
This year’s event was alive with raffles, silent auctions and other various fundraising activities going on under the big top tent and in the record number of vendor booths.  Under the big top tent, climbers enjoyed Chuck Fryberger’s film Core, music and fun, as the master of ceremony Timmy O’Neil directed participant’s attention towards the various events. Outside the vendor village, water balloons rocketed across the campground towards sponsor’s “targets”.
 
All photos courtesy of Wes Allen and the RRGCC
 
This water balloon launching fundraiser event drew a line of anxious participants who trained their eyes on distant targets, which sometimes included unsuspecting drivers who carelessly drove their cars through the staging area. “Idiot boy”, a climber who volunteered to walk back and forth aimlessly in the kill zone, provided another moving target for balloon launching contestants. He was struck four times during the event.
 
All photos courtesy of Wes Allen and the RRGCC
 
Another popular event was "leg wrestling" aka "scissor kissing". Although it did not raise any money for the organization, it was interesting to watch.
 
All photos courtesy of Wes Allen and the RRGCC
 
Attendance was high, and event organizers confirmed that this year’s Rocktoberfest was their most successful event to date, drawing in over one thousand participants who helped contribute generously to the RRGCC cause.
 
All photos courtesy of Wes Allen and the RRGCC
 
Dead Point Magazine and the RRGCC would like to thank all the vendors and participants who helped make this year’s event a huge success.
 
The Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition works to ensure open, public access to quality outdoor rock climbing opportunities in and around Red River Gorge, Kentucky. The Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition works to encourage the conservation of the natural environment on publicly managed and privately owned land by protecting, promoting, and ensuring responsible climbing.
 
About the Access Fund
Founded in 1991, the Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. The Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels: climbing management policy, stewardship and conservation, local support and mobilization, land acquisition and protection, and education.