New River Gorge craggin' classic

September 20-22, 2019

Join the American Alpine Club and CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment in Fayetteville, West Virginia on September 20-22 for the 8th Annual New River Gorge Craggin' Classic!

The New River Gorge Craggin' Classic is about community. It’s about learning new skills, climbing, and connecting with folks to fuel the stoke! Whether you’re new to climbing or have been roping up for years, there’s something for everyone in the New.

This 3-day grassroots climbing festival celebrates the climbers and climbing of the Southeast... and we're pulling out all the stops. The weekend features climbing clinics taught by pro athletes and guides, stewardship and conservation efforts, gear demos, pig roast, films, music, free beer and whiskey (21+), games, free swag, bonfires, raffles, silent auctions, and of course the infamous Glowstick Dance Party!

The festivities will take place at the AAC's campground with clinics taught at nearby crags in the Gorge. In order to cut down on over crowding (and protect the crag) we've limited the number of tickets and camping sites available for purchase, so act fast as this event always sells out.

World class climbing combined with Southern hospitality, live music, and an after-party that will have you howling at the moon? See you there!


Includes event entrance; AAC trucker hat & pint glass; beer for 21+; all film showings, slideshow presentations, music, and included food. Pass does not include clinics or camping.

Camp at the gorgeous AAC NRG campground! Space is limited so first come first serve. The camping pass is good for only ONE PERSON. Friday and Saturday nights included. If you do not have a camping pass you need to make other arrangements. Please see campground list below.

Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by pro climbers and guides. All clinics run Saturday, September 21st from 9:00am-4:00pm. Please show up 20-30 minutes early. See below for details.

*Current AAC members will receive a 10% discount upon registration checkout.



  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Check In is Open
    Check in at the AAC New River Gorge Campground. Registration will be set up near the campground entrance at 97 Pudds Road, Lansing, WV 25862

  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Not Work Day Stewardship Project
    Please join the New River Alliance of Climbers for our local crag stewardship and conservation project. Roll up your sleeves, take ownership of this amazing climbing landscape and help keep it clean and maintained. Please sign up online to participate. LOCATION - TBD

  • 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Check In Is Open
    Check in at the AAC New River Gorge Campground. Registration will be set up near the campground entrance at 97 Pudds Road, Lansing, WV 25862

  • 4:00 PM: Beginner Texas Hold’em Poker Lessons
    A crash course in how to play Texas Hold’em Poker. The lessons do not teach ‘how to win’ but designed to teach the general rules, proper protocols, poker etiquette and provide a little experience at table play. You will get chips and cards at a poker table and get practice dealing, rotating the blinds, playing and betting your hands. Please meet under the pavilion.

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Climber Yoga with Gretchen Horinger
    Join us in the vendor village at the NRG Campground for some afternoon yoga. Please bring your own mat.

ABOUT GRETCHEN: Gretchen is not your everyday teacher! As a yoga teacher, climber and constantly curious student of life she has built a following by teaching directly from her heart. No fronts. No facades. Through laughter or tears she delivers fantastic experiences focused on functional mobility, sharpening mental focus, building active strength, + providing passive release your tired sore muscles.

  • 5:00 PM: Kegs Tapped

  • 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM: Long Point String Band

  • 5:30 PM: Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament
    Start with 7,000 in chips. Stages are 15 minute long until only one player is left. Prizes will be awarded to top winners! Please meet under the pavilion.

  • 6:30 PM: Just Dessert Potluck at the NRG Campground
    Bring a dish with an ingredients card and be entered into Friday night’s raffle! **Dinner is not provided Friday night, so please plan on supporting local restaurants or cooking at your site.

  • 7:30 PM: First Annual NRG Glow Run
    Run, chug, and collect the glow in the dark cans. Easy as that! The person with the most empties wins a badass prize! Meet at the vendor village for instructions and route guide.  Free to enter, BYO-Glowsticks!

  • 9:30 PM: Pinata!


  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Climber Yoga with Gretchen Horinger
    Join us in the vendor village at the NRG Campground for some morning yoga. Please bring your own mat.

  • 8:00 AM: Climber Coffee + Breakfast at the NRG Campground
    Start your day right with hot coffee and an oatmeal bar that is both vegan and gluten free. This meal, and all meals provided, are part of a no-waste initiative so please bring a plate, fork, etc.

  • 9:00 AM: Climbing Clinics in the New River Gorge
    Please show up 20-30 minutes early, ready to go. You will need to sign a clinic-specific waiver beforehand. and take a group photo prior to leaving. PLEASE MEET IN MAIN AREA FRONT OF DYNO WALL. Clinics will leave from sponsor booths.

  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Bouldering Comp
    Strut your stuff during the NRG's bouldering comp! All levels welcome to compete. Simply sign up at the hospitality tent for $20. Turn your scorecard into the hospitality tent by 6:30pm to see how you stacked up against the competition.

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Climber Yoga with Gretchen Horinger
    Join us in the vendor village at the NRG Campground for some afternoon yoga. Please bring your own mat.

  • 5:00 PM: NRG Climber Celebration and Hoedown-Throw-Down and Kegs Tapped
    Join your climbing community in the NRG Campground for the biggest and baddest climber hoedown-throw-down in all of the Southeast! The evening will feature free swag and gear handouts, silent auctions and raffles featuring amazing deals on top end gear, free local beer (21+), a vendor village, games, and more!

  • 5:00 PM: TBA Game
    Come prepared for whatever, endless pull-ups, human pyramids, one arm beer chug. It’s free to participate, but you must win to take home a prize. Not everyone gets a trophy here.

  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Ashley Heath and Her Heathens
    Put on your dancing shoes and hit the dance floor!

  • 6:00 PM: Annual Pig Roast Dinner
    The world-famous NRG Craggin' Classic Pig Roast! Vegetarian options available. This meal, and all meals provided, are part of a no-waste initiative so please bring a plate, fork, etc. lest you eat with your hands.

  • 8:00 PM: Second Annual Pie Eating Contest
    We hope you saved some room for pie! It’s free to participate, but you must win to take home a prize.

  • 8:00 PM: Last Call for Silent Auction
    Score some great deals on gear all while supporting the AAC’s important conservation and education work! Head to the Hospitality Tent to collecting your winnings.

  • 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM: King & Queen of the Dyno
    Jumping is hard. Doing it in front of bright lights and stoked strangers? Even harder! Show us how good you are and win some cool stuff. Spots are limited: first 10 men and 10 women will be able to participate. Cost to participate: $20.

  • 10:00 PM: TBA Game
    Come prepared for whatever, endless pull-ups, human pyramids, one arm beer chug. It’s free to participate, but you must win to take home a prize. Not everyone gets a trophy here.

  • 10:00 PM: Tuggin' Shack Dance Party
    Dance till the stars come down from the rafters. BYO-Glowsticks



  • 8:30 AM: Climber Coffee + Breakfast at the NRG Campground
    Enjoy hot coffee and Solid Rock Climbers for Christ pancakes for breakfast! This meal, and all meals provided, are part of a no-waste initiative so please bring a plate, fork, etc.

  • 10:00 AM: Campground Clean Up
    Please join the New River Alliance of Climbers for a quick clean up of the campground so we can all get out and climb! If you had fun this weekend, then help us out so we can leave the campground spotless and get out climbing too.


All clinics are taught by professional climbing guides and/or professional climbing athletes. Clinics are $70, AAC members get 10% off. All clinics run Saturday, September 21st from 9:00am-4:00pm, except for the WFA/WFR Re-cert course which runs Thursday, Sep 19 - Friday, Sep 20 (see below for details). Please show up 20-30 minutes early, ready to go. Be sure you have filled out a clinic specific waiver, provided upon registration. PLEASE MEET IN FRONT OF DYNO WALL

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware). Personal Items such as food, water, sunscreen, bug spray, camera, note taking tools. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors).

  • (SOLD OUT!) MOVEMENT EFFICIENCY with Jon Cardwell, presented by Adidas Terrex
    Climbing efficiently begins from the moment you pull onto the wall. Whether it’s steep, slab, bouldering, sport or traditional, breaking down each individual movement from the beginning will drastically improve your performance. Climbing, a mostly skill based activity, takes years to develop and refine your abilities. However, with a few simple steps Jon Cardwell will describe specific techniques he uses to progress. 

    The focus of this clinic will be to finetune movement, learn pacing & resting techniques, and the importance of activating the minute muscles required to take your climbing to the next level.  

SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels

ABOUT JON: Jon Cardwell is a professional climber, climbing coach and route setter based in Colorado. He’s been climbing for nearly 20 years and his travels have taken him all over the world in pursuit of challenging, historic and aesthetic climbs. He has made it a priority to become a well rounded climber, with ascents up to 5.15, V15 and 5.13 big wall. Beyond the climbing he enjoys the adventurous aspect of traveling and documenting that through photography.

  • ART OF THE PROJECT with Ben Rueck, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
    Projecting is a key skill in rock climbing—one needed by all levels of climbers. The Art of the Project is a clinic designed to help you achieve your climbing goals, what ever they might be. To develop the curriculum, we worked with CAMP athlete Ben Rueck who credits his growth as a climber to learning and understanding the art of project. The curriculum is designed to put a structure behind projecting that can be used to dissect and accomplish your objectives. The clinic covers the physical and mental parts of the process from the perspective of athletes who have had to use these very tools to push their climbing to new levels, just like you will be able to do after you take this clinic!

SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels. It is advised that participants have prior experience in the gym but it is not necessary.

ABOUT BEN: Ben grew up in the rural countryside of western Colorado. His connection to the open spaces of the Colorado National Monument's deserts and plateaus instilled a genuine curiosity for the great outdoors. At age 17 he found his passion in climbing. After obtaining his bachelor's degree, Ben focused all of his energies on bouldering, putting up FA boulder problems ranging to V12. By age 25 he shifted his focus to ropes, climbing 5.13+ trad., 5.14 sport, and 5.13 big wall. He now travels the world searching for the most aesthetic lines to challenge him and pursue his passion. He now resides part time in Grand Junction, CO working as a substitute teacher and growing the climbing community.

  • (SOLD OUT!) TRAD IS RAD…FOR EVERYBODY, presented by The American Alpine Club
    Everybody should love trad. It’s not as scary as it everyone makes it seem. The biggest reason to learn trad is that trad climbs can be found at all difficulties. Try to find a 5.1 sport climb anywhere, but there are hundreds of 5.1 trad climbs. Trad climbs outnumber sport climbs on the lower half of the Yosemite Decimal System, so trad climbs are great places to learn to lead. In this clinic, we’ll teach real world skills to climb real world trad, but we’ll focus on grades that help you learn to place sound protection, manage a rope line, and route-find.

SKILL LEVEL: Beginners and new sport climbers will get the most out of this clinic. More experienced traditional lead climbers might enjoy a refresher and feedback from the instructor, but this clinic focuses on introducing trad climbing to a newer audience.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Basic climbing gear. Ropes and Trad Racks will be helpful but not required.

  • (SOLD OUT!) SELF-RESCUE: GRIGRI SAVES THE DAY, presented by The American Alpine Club
    In this clinic you’ll learn self-rescue skills every climber should know. Many improvised rescue curricula spend a large amount of time teaching complex improvisation skills: improvised ascension, improvised raising systems, improvised rappels. Instead, our Craggin Classic clinic will propose the GriGri as the centerpiece tool for small teams rescue. Meet the Grigri as pulley and progress capture. Meet the GriGri as an ascension tool. Meet the Grigri as a tandem rappelling tool. Meet the GriGri for leader rescue. It’s the one magical tool that you didn’t know you couldn’t live without.

SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels. All climbers are welcomed to participate, and there will be something valuable for any student. Students more experienced with Multipitch climbing will have more context for the skills presented. Students who are already familiar with the use of GriGri for belaying a toprope and a leader will get to the rescue components more quickly. However, students who have never seen a GriGri before can still have a valuable experience in this clinic.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Bring your GriGri if you have one, plus 4’ nylon sling or cordellette, prussic loop, 2 or 3 locking carabiners.

  • (SOLD OUT!) GYM TO CRAG CLINIC with Devo Derby, presented by Adidas Terrex
    Sign up for this clinic if you have spent time in the gym but are looking to learn the fundamentals of taking that knowledge to the outdoors. The skills covered in this clinic will be an introduction into top rope anchors, building anchors, knots and hitches, belaying and lowering and rappelling.

SKILL LEVEL: Any skill level. It is advised that participants have prior experience in the gym but it is not necessary.

ABOUT DEVO: Devo began climbing in 2009 after his college roommate introduced him to the sport. From there Devo attempted to excel in everything as quick as possible so he could then turn around and teach what he learned and knew. Devo is currently pursuing IFMGA status and intends on teaching as much as possible once it’s achieved. Devo’s passions are climbing, water sports, skiing and mentoring.

  • LET’S CLIMB: AN INTRODUCTION TO CLIMBING with Wade Spiner, presented by Adidas Terrex
    Sign-up for this clinic if you are new to climbing and are looking to have fun! The skills covered in this clinic will be the fundamental skills every climber should understand to be a safe and confident rock climber. The list of skills being covered include and not limited to: Proper top rope belay, tying in, universal commands, and climbing technique.

PREREQUISITES: A thirst for adventure! No climbing experience required.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Bring any climbing gear your own. The necessary safety equipment will be provided for anyone in need.

ABOUT WADE: A New York City native, Wade started climbing while earning a degree in Video Arts and Technology at BMCC. After numerous courses, AMGA Certifications, and varied climbing experiences in 19 states and 5 countries (and 1 US territory.) His experiences vary from the climbing gym and single pitch environments to big wall free ascents in-a-day and 45-day continuous technical mountaineering expeditions. At home on rock, ice or snow, Wade has developed his skills in short order by immersing himself in the culture of outdoor life in the North East, Patagonia, Yosemite, the Bugaboos, the Front Range and now calls the Tetons home.

    Crack climbing can be incredibly daunting, particularly without proper technique. Take your crack climbing to the next level by learning effective jam skills, crack techniques/strategies, and hard-won tips from a true crack wizard.

PREREQUISITES: Endless psyche and previous climbing experience outside.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Trad gear, draws, and rope if you own them.

About Pat: Pat developed his obsessive appetite for vertical adventure at age 12 while growing up in Farmington, New Mexico. Since then he has sampled the vertical wilds of China, India, Pakistan, Venezuela, Canada, Mexico and Europe. He owns a hardwood flooring business in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

  • ROCK YOUR RACK with Jessa Goebel, presented by Petzl *WOMEN ONLY*
    This women's crack climbing clinic will go over basic crack climbing skills and technique, everything from thin to wide cracks. You’ll also learn to place gear efficiently along with a few handy gear tricks. This clinic is limited to those who identify as female. Our goal is to create and hold a safe and welcoming learning environment.

PREREQUISITES: Must be able to climb 5.9 and be proficient with belaying.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Bring your personal climbing gear, trad gear, draws, and rope if you own them.

ABOUT JESSA: Raised in North Carolina, Jessa started climbing in the gym at the age of 9. Soon after, she was competing on a national and international level, and spent all other free time climbing outside. As time went on, Jessa spent more of here time outside climbing southeast boulders and Red pointing intimidating line in the New River Gorge. With 20+ years of skill and experience Jessa has become a well rounded climber, knowledgeable in all disciplines. At the moment she resides in Fayetteville, West Virginia, within walking distance of the New River Gorge.

    An amazing clinic covering various topics, including but not limited to: how to climb tall when you're short, how to belay tiny climbers and how to be belayed by them, techniques to use small size to your advantage, identifying alternative beta, and finding the dyno within. This clinic is limited to those who identify as female. Our goal is to create and hold a safe and welcoming learning environment.

PREREQUISITES: Must be shorter than 5'5" or climb with someone who is

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Standard sport climbing gear...rope, shoes, chalk, draws; oh and bring your "ups"

  • MULTI-PITCH EFFICIENCIES AND TECHNIQUES with Jordan Cannon, presented by Arc’teryx
    The Multi-pitch Efficiencies Clinic will go over techniques and systems to help reduce the time needed for rope management, rappel transitions and gear transfers so more time is spent climbing and less time keeping things straight.

PREREQUISITES: Participants should already have been climbing multi-pitch for at least one season. This clinic should be helpful to seconds but leaders will get the most out of it.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Participants should bring helmet, harness, belay/rappel device, anchoring material and a rope.

ABOUT JORDAN: In the modern world of sport climbing and bouldering, Jordan stands out as a staunch traditionalist committed to the pursuit of adventure. With unending psych and an insatiable appetite for climbing, Jordan is constantly thinking of ways to "Go Big" and push his limits. Even though he specializes in long free-routes and big link-ups in Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra, Jordan still enjoys all styles of climbing... even pebble wrestling! (occasionally) ;)

  • ADVANCED SPORTS CLIMBING SKILLS with Dan Mirsky, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
    Do you lead climb sport routes? Awesome! Join this clinic to refine your current skills and learn a few new techniques to apply to your red points. Some topics we may cover: efficient stick clipping, "doggin" a route, better boinking, red point strategies.

PREREQUISITES: Previous experience lead climbing outside

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Standard sport climbing gear, stick clip, rope

ABOUT DAN: Dan grew up in a climbing town (New Paltz, NY) with a mom who was a climber; yet he had to move all the way to Colorado to discover climbing. Since then he has been organizing his life around hard rock climbs and keeping life simple. His mantra is simple—try hard, have fun, and create new experiences with friends from El Paso to Sardinia. It's unlikely he's going to "complicate" his life anytime soon!

  • ANCHOR BUILDING with Kate Rutherford, Presented By Black Diamond
    Knowing how to build climbing anchors is a fundamental skill for all types of climbing (top rope, lead, multipitch). And it is of the utmost importance that climbers build really secure anchors because everybody's life depends on it. To make things even more daunting, there is a virtual universe full of information available to climbers about anchors. Join this clinic and wade through this information to learn the most valuable principles and techniques.


    EQUIPMENT: All your standard climbing equipment, static rope (optional)

  • BOULDERING: TACTICS AND STRATEGIES with Chris Schulte, Presented By Black Diamond
    Y’all know bouldering is hard. So why not “stack the pads” in your favor? Learn what it takes to boulder like a Pro and what to expect throughout the process. There will be time to talk and discuss various topics like training techniques, project strategies, staying psyched, diminishing injury, etc. So bring a pen/paper and be prepared to take notes!


EQUIPMENT: All your standard bouldering equipment if you have it


Please keep in mind that with more vehicles there is more soil compaction, more negative impact on the forest, and more deterioration of this place we love. When parking please park efficiently, park only on gravel surfaces & CARPOOL.

If you need ideas...

  • Park and walk from Adventures on the Gorge.

  • Park, walk & carpool from the shoulders of the intersection of HWY19 & Lansing Rd. You can park on the south and north side.

  • Park in town and carpool.

  • Park at Walmart and carpool.

  • Park at the NPS visitor's center and carpool.

Thank you for helping to keep the New River Gorge a beautiful place for all to enjoy!


97 Pudds Rd.
Lansing, WV 25862

We've partnered with Rerouted Co-Op to give your used adventure gear a second life! Bring your used gear to the drop-off site at the Craggin' Classic. Rerouted Co-Op will re-sell it and proceeds go right back to the AAC to support conservation, education, and community. All adventure gear is accepted. You can donate your gear so more money goes back to the AAC or Rerouted will buy it off of you, and donate a portion of the proceeds back to the AAC. The choice is yours, but either way everyone's a winner!

Dogs are welcomed but discouraged. This is a loud and busy event. If you bring your dog they MUST be leashed AT ALL TIMES. We can't risk losing our dog allowance!

Pies and Pints, Secret Sandwich Society, Burrito Bar, The Station, Gumbos, Vandals, Cathedral Cafe


    286 Rifrafters Campground Dr
    Fayetteville, WV
    (304) 574-1065
    This is a great little campground located 5 minutes from downtown Fayetteville on Laurel Creek Rd. They have recently remodeled their bathhouse facilities and do a great job at keeping the place clean. They have tent camping and RV campsites available, as well as a covered pavilion area with a refrigerator for your use. Last we checked it was $12/night/adult.

    Lansing, WV
    (304) 574-3136
    Minutes from Fayetteville and the Gorge, nice secluded sites, modern bathroom facilities, campstore. The quirky owner will be on you like white on rice to make sure you abide to all the rules. This tight run ship means you'll get a good nights sleep.Rate: $8-10/night.

    Mount Nebo/Summersville, WV
    (888) 872-5580
    They've got a nice set-up complete with campsites, RV-Hook-ups, A-Frame Chalets, AND new in 2011 they've built some really nice big cabins if you're not into roughing it. They also do Boat Rentals (Pontoon, Paddle, and Fishing Boats). Owner's Steve and Donna are more than happy to point out the hot deep water soloing spots around Summersville Lake.

    (888) 488-4836
    These guys are no strangers to rock climbers and they know how to pamper you. If you're not into roughing it and want to live like a king this is a killer spot with friendly folks to take care of you. Minutes from Fayetteville and the Gorge, cabins of all sizes, fully furnished, hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning, nestled in the woods, nature trails, a great escape from the ordinary.

    Hico, WV
    (304) 640-7333
    Don't want to sleep in the dirt but you're on a budget? This is one of the best deals around. Located just 4 miles from the Gorge, these guys have 8 cabins that are price competitive with the hotels listed below. Each cabin sleeps 8 and is fully furnished with kitchenettes and bathrooms, satellite TV, air conditioning and heat, and they are pet friendly. Newly built in 2009 it's a great bargain at $120/night for 4 people. Check them out and tell them we sent you.

    Oak Hill, WV
    (866) 725.1600
    Built in 2006, very similar to your Super 8 type hotel with free high-speed internet, complimentary breakfast, cable TV, heated outdoor pool, hair dryer, microwave & fridge in every room, located a short 5 minute drive from the New River Gorge. Clean and comfortable rooms with grocery store and restaurants within walking distance. Summer In-Season Rate approx: $89.00/night

    Oak Hill, WV
    (304) 465-0571
    Formerly a Holiday Inn this place is located right on Route 19 and is loaded with amenities. Wireless internet, bar in the lobby featuring live music in season, and an indoor swimming pool.

    Fayetteville, WV 25840
    (304) 574-1902
    Circa 1902 this Victorian style home will take you back to last century. Located in downtown Fayetteville walking distance to our headquarters in Water Stone Outdoors, the Cathedral Cafe and other local shops. Rates run $89.00-$100.00/night. Tell Bernie we sent you.

  • COUNTRY RIVER INN Gatewood Rd.
    Fayetteville, WV 25840
    (304) 574-0055
    Country River Inn is located in a building previously occupied by the Fayetteville Consolidated School. Completing a four year renovation in 2005, the schoolhouse built in 1929, is the new home to our B&B. Each of our six non smoking guest rooms include a private bath, two queen size beds, air conditioning, microwave, refrigerator, and color TV.

    171 North Court Street
    Fayetteville, WV 25840
    (304) 900-3301
    Located just across the street from the NRMG office and on the upper floors of a beautiful historic main street building. Originally built to house a bank, these four units will be home away from home for people seeking a modern and hip alternative to the motels, cabins or large vacation homes that are currently the only available lodgings in the area.


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If you have any questions regarding the New River Gorge Craggin' Classic, please contact Event Coordinator Kate Tierney at [email protected]