posted by dpm on 02/18/2013
There are quite a few events coming up soon so mark your calendars.
Mike Libecki "First Ascents in the Year of the Dragon" Slideshow
This coming Friday, Feb. 22, the American Alpine Club is offering a free slideshow in the Bay Area, California.
When: February 22, 6:30pm
Where: Mountain Hardwear Headquarters/1414 Harbour Way South #1005/Richmond, CA
What: "Mike Libecki: First Ascents in the Year of the Dragon" The American Alpine Club presents a very special evening presentation hosted by Mountain Hardwear and Clif Bar and featuring Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Free Slideshow, Free Food, Free Beer.
This event is the lead in to our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Americans on Everest, which is happening at the Craneway Pavilion on the 23rd.
Rock and Rave: Atlanta, Georgia
This coming Saturday, Feb. 23, there is also a huge fundraising event in the Southeast. Stone Summit climbing gym in Atlanta, Georgia is hosting Rock and Rave. Billed as the largest fund raiser ever, all proceeds will be split between the Access Fund and local Southeastern advocacy groups. There will be many events, tons of swag, and headlining guests include Chris Sharma and Hans Florine. Read all about it here.
Largest Adaptive Climbing Clinic in the Southeast
On March 23, also at Stone Summit climbing gym in Atlanta, Georgia, Catalyst Sports will be holding an event for the disabled. From their press release:
[Atlanta, Georgia] Catalyst Sports will be hosting a climbing clinic for people with physical disabilities on March 23, 2013 from 8:30am-12:30pm. This event will be held at one of the largest indoor climbing gyms in the country (Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness Gym).
Individuals of all physical disabilities are invited to participate, including but not limited to those living with amputation, visual impairment and cerebral palsy. Those with a non-ambulatory physical disabilities such as spinal cord injury are also welcome to attend.
There will be one on one instruction provided by USA Paraclimbing Athlete, Ronnie Dickson, along with other highly qualified volunteers.
This event will serve not only to introduce participants to climbing, but to also help build camaraderie in the adaptive sports community and foster the notion that the only limits that exist are those that we place on ourselves.
Catalyst Sports was launched in September 2012 with a successful summit of the Grand Teton on 9/11 with three combat injured veterans. It is the goal of the organization to make more adaptive sports opportunities such as climbing available to people across the country.
About Catalyst Sports:
Mission Statement: “To empower people by providing the highest level of adaptive sports to the disabled community.” Visit Catalyst Sports website for more information at www.gocatalystsports.org
Free National Park Days
The National Park Service recently announced its “Fee Free Days” for 2013 (dates here), offering access to all the outdoor adventure, the best climbing spots and majestic beauty of our national parks to guests for FREE (normal entrance fees can be upwards of $25). If you're planning a trip to climb in a National Park like Yosemite, Zion, Grand Teton, or any of the others, get in for free on the dates found here.
Idaho Mountain Festival
It may be 7 months until the Idaho Mountain Festival - Powered by Asana, but it isn’t too early to save the date for the newest climbing festival to hit Idaho on September 27-30, 2012 at Castle Rock State Park and City of Rocks National Reserve.
The Idaho Mountain Festival will be joining similar festivals, such as the International Climbers Festival, Red Rock Rendezvous, and New River Rendezvous, to offer a four-day event where climbers, as well as trail-runners, can gather to enjoy endless climbing, trail races, activities, giveaways, music, meals, and workshops. Visit www.IdahoMountainFest.com for complete details.
The festival will be held near Almo, ID in Castle Rocks State Park and City of Rocks National Reserve, home of the grand collection of granite domes for multi and single-pitch climbing, trad-climbing, sport-climbing, and bouldering. With the location being no more than a 3.5 hour drive from Boise, ID and Salt Lake City, UT, The Idaho Mountain Festival is the perfect convenient climbing event for friends and families to gather as a closing social for the 2012 climbing season.
On September 27-30, 2012, festival attendees will enjoy a slew of free amenities including tent-camping, dinners and breakfasts, and entertainment. Festival tickets will go on sale starting in March. Ticket options include an all-inclusive ticket for $45 that includes almost everything and a daily-pass ticket for $25 that excludes the free tent-camping.
The Idaho Mountain Festival has teamed up with Asana (www.asanaclimbing.com) to make this event possible. Asana is an Idaho based company that specializes in bouldering specific climbing gear. With much excitement, Jamey Sproull (the founder of Asana) said, “Asana Climbing is proud to present the 1st Idaho Mountain Festival. What a great opportunity to lure climbers from all over to see the beauty and grandeur of the granite in Castle Rocks and the famed City of Rocks! With Asana being based in Boise, we feel like we are welcoming the community into our backyard for a 4-day party of climbing, clinics, music, and fun. We look forward to this being the first in a long tradition of a yearly event that highlights what Idaho has to offer our ever-growing climbing family.”
As of now, the Access Fund and Solid Rock – Climbers for Christ have also jumped on the bandwagon as sponsors for the festival. The Access Fund will be sending their new Conservation Team to manage an Adopt-a-Crag day that will allow the climbers to give back to the parks and nature by cleaning up climbing areas and trails. Solid Rock – Climbers for Christ will be providing a Sunday Morning Breakfast as well as sending one of their athletes to host a bouldering clinic.
The Idaho Parks and Rec has been great supporters of the Idaho Mountain Festival. They have welcomed the event with open arms and are anxiously waiting to welcome and assist all the gathering climbers.
Park Superintendent, Wallace Keck, made the following statement when asked to share his excitement about the festival, “As one of the country's premier granite face-climbing destinations Castle Rocks State Park and City of Rocks create the ideal location to host the Idaho Mountain Festival. Park staff is excited to showcase the facilities, exceptional climbing resources, and grand scenery to this year's attendees. We strive to offer exceptional recreational opportunities and experiences, and providing a home here for the Idaho Mountain Festival is sure to accomplish this and more.”
Start making plans to attend the Idaho Mountain Festival with your family and friends. More announcements and information will be provided in the future.
More info and great pics from last year's event can be found here.