Every year, the American Alpine Club hosts Regional Craggin' Classic climbing festivals in iconic climbing destinations across the country. Each event features fascinating presentations from climbers that have inspired us over the generations, camping, food, music, camaraderie, and of course climbing on some amazing stone! Join climbers in your area or travel to a Craggin' Classic on your next road trip.
Northwest Region Craggin' Classic: Crimpfest - Smith Rock, OR
Featuring the CAMP USA 10 Hour Crushfest
Register for the Northwest Craggin' Classic
(AAC members get special pricing)
Join the American Alpine Club at our first Craggin' Classic at Smith Rock, co-hosted with our friends at Redpoint Climbers Supply and CAMP USA. We'll be premiering the 2012 Reel Rock Film and enjoying meals sponsored by SRCFC and the Mazamas. Join us for the registration happy hour on Friday evening at The Depot.
Join the American Alpine Club at our first Craggin’ Classic at Smith Rock, co-hosted with our friends at Redpoint Climbers Supply. We’ll be premiering the 2012 Reel Rock Film and enjoying meals sponsored by SRCFC and the Mazamas. Join us for the registration happy hour sponsored by Boreal on Friday evening. We’ll have shoe demos from Evolv and Boreal and huge prizes can be won on Saturday night’s raffle.
Logan Carr and Boreal will give climbers a tour of some of the most historically significant climbs in the park on Saturday. Festival participants can try Evolv and Boreal’s new shoes and Logan will be leaving the rope up for you to give it a shot. You’ve seen the beta, so it should be easy…right?
CAMP USA equipment is also presenting the Ten Hour Crushfest The 2012 Smith Rock Crimpfest Comp. Compete with your partner in one of six categories (elite and rec men’s, women’s and co-ed) for prizes up to $700 in cash/$200 in gear! Sign up that weekend, but start looking for your partner now.
Climbing Areas: Smith Rock State Park
Event Headquarters: Smith Rock State Park
Camping: Smith Rock Bivy Area and Skull Hollow Campground
Friday, September 14
5:00 p.m.— Registration and Happy Hour at the Depot
Saturday, September 15
7:00 a.m. — Morning Coffee/Breakfast in the Welcome Yurt
8:00 a.m. — Saturday morning stewardship project. Meet at the Yurt
8:00 a.m. — Clinics meet for a day in the park with athletes and First Ascent Guides. Meet at the Yurt.
- Rob on Crack: Trad Techniques and Training with The Piz
- Paige Claassen: Sport Climbing Techniques and Strategy
- Glenn Griscom: Aid Climbing technique and Self-Rescue
8:30 a.m. — Tour of Smith Classics Shoe Demo and Climbing with Logan Carr, Boreal, Petzl and Evolv
- Cinnamon Slab 5.6 (8:30 am)
- The Headless Horseman 5.10d (9:30 am)
- Karate Crack/Powerline 5.12c (11:30 am)
- Chain Reaction 5.12c (1:30 am)
- Rudeboys 5:13b (3:00 pm)
5:00 p.m. — Happy Hour at the Depot
6:00 p.m. — Dinner and Beverages at The Depot
8:00 p.m. — Reel Rock Film Premiere (thanks to Redpoint!)
9:30 p.m. — Afterparty!
Sunday, September 16
5 a.m. - 3 p.m. — CAMP USA Crushfest Comp begins! Rules and Format
7:00 a.m. — Coffee and Breakfast from the Mazamas
8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. — Stewardship Project
3:30 p.m. — CAMP USA Crushfest Awards Ceremony
Northwest Craggin' Classic Partners
Bishop, CA: November 9-10
REGISTER FOR THE FALL HIGHBALL CRAGGIN' CLASSIC
Registration Opens 9/17/12 at 12:00 AM
Bouldering, Stewardship, Bluegrass, n' Beer! Join the American Alpine Club for the Western Region’s Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic to be held in Bishop, CA on November 9-10, 2012.
This will be a very special Eastside event kicking off on the evening of Friday, November 9th with the REEL Rock Film Tour at Mill Creek Station. On the morning of Saturday, November 10th join us for a free local breakfast from Great Basin Bakery provided by Wilson's Eastside Sports and coffee provided by Black Sheep Coffee Roasters followed by a Buttermilk Stewardship project hosted by Friends of the Inyo, the USFS, and the Access Fund. Pro-climber Matt Wilder will be present and bouldering around with folks before we reconvene at Mill Creek Station for an evening reception hosted by New Belgium Brewing Co. and a silent auction benefiting the Western Region’s Live Your Dream Grant. Matt Wilder will give us a rad slideshow and we'll cap it off with a bluegrass performance by our musical guest, The Trespassers! Don’t miss the Eastside’s climbing event of the year!
Space is limited! The first 90 tickets will be available online in advance, the remaining spaces will be sold at the door on a first come, first served basis. Get your tickets today!
Climbing Areas: Buttermilks
Schedule of Events:
*thanks to member Brian Russell for use of the Buttermilk Southwest Arete photo
The American Alpine Club operates under permit on the Inyo National Forest
Rockies Region Craggin' Classic: October 19-21
Join the Club and local partners and organizations like the Boulder Climbing Community, Colorado Mountain School, Neptune Mountaineering, and more!
Climbing Areas: Eldorado Canyon, Clear Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon
Event Headquarters: American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO
Schedule of Events
Friday, October 19
7:00pm: Registaration, Reception at the American Mountain Center, Beer from Avery, Raffle with tons of swag from our awesome sponsors including Sterling, La Sportiva, 5.10, REVO, Backpacker's Pantry, and more!
8:00pm: Big Screen Premiere of Louder Than 11's new film THE ABYSS!
9:30pm: Beer and live music from The Lookout Mountain Boys in the American Mountaineering Museum!
Saturday, October 20
9:00am: Morning Coffee at the American Mountaineering Center
10:00am - 4:00pm: Clinics with Colorado Mountain School and Pro's (Eldorado Canyon, Clear Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon)
5:00pm - 7:00pm: Join us for Happy Hour at the AMC after your clinics or day of climbing, beer from Avery, fashion your Craggin' Classic t-shirts for Psychedelia!
8:00: Join us as we head up to The Spot in Boulder for the famous blacklight bouldering competition, Psychedlia in Boulder!
Sunday, October 21
8:00am: Morning coffee at AMC
9:00am - 1:30pm: Stewardship Project with Jefferson County and the Boulder Climbing Community
1:00pm: Snack packs for stewardship volunteers, courtesy of Backpacker's Pantry!
Southeast Region Craggin' Classic: New River Gorge, WV
Join the Southeast Region of the Club for a climbing weekend better than anything you've ever seen! There's a Friday night pig-roast (and, of course, beer) then a Saturday morning breakfast at the new AAC Campground before a whole series of great clinics like Assessment & Risk Management for topropes, Trad Leading, Crack Climbing for Women, Bouldering Training Tips, and more! Five Ten will have stuff to demo all day. Then, on Saturday Night join the crew for a great catered Dinner from Gourmet on the Gorge, live music from Circle, a slideshow from Pat Goodman on sport climbing in China and alpine climbing in India & Pakistan, an auction, and more beer. There'll be lunch on Sunday at the Campground after some stewardship work. And of course, there's FREE primitive camping in the new AAC Campground—walking distance from the gorge.
It'll be the most fun you've had in West Virginia ever!
Climbing Areas: New River Gorge
Event Headquarters: AAC NRG Campground
Camping/Lodging: Free primitive camping at the AAC NRG Campground or camp at Cantrell's for a few more amenities (Call 304-574-2500 to book your own reservation under "AAC Craggin Classic Event" to receive climber rates: $8/night for tent spot, $12/night for bungalow, $24-$27/night for cabin).
Friday, September 14
8:30 a.m. - 4:00p.m. Rafting on the Gauley River with Cantrell's Ultimate Rafting (Call 304-574-2500 to book reservation under "AAC Craggin Classic Event" to receive climber rate: $90/includes river-side lunch)
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. — Pro Rappel Techniques Class with Danny McCracken at the AAC Campground
4:00 p.m. — Vendor Set up at the AAC NRG Campground
6:00 p.m. — Pig Roast Dinner at the AAC NRG Campground
Saturday, September 15
8:00 a.m. — Coffee/Breakfast at AAC NRG Campground
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. — FiveTenGear Demo/vendor set up at AAC NRG Campground
All Day — Climbing
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Climbing Clinic: Crack Climbing for Women with FiveTen Athlete Jessa Goebel (meet at AAC NRG Campground)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Climbing Clinic: Trad Tricks Clinic with Mountain Hardware Athlete Pat Goodman (meet at AAC NRG Campground)
9:00 a.m. - 4: 00 p.m. — Climbing Clinic: Bouldering/Training Clinic with Five Ten Athlete Tim Rose (meet at AAC NRG Campground)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Climbing Clinic: Top Rope Anchors with Danny McCracken of the Appalachian Mountain Institute (meet at AAC NRG Campground)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Climbing Clinic: Trad Leading Clinic with New River Mtn. Guides (meet at AAC NRG Campground)
5:00 p.m. — FiveTen Gear Return at the AAC NRG Campground
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. — Raffle at Cantrell's
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. — African Stew Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. — Slide Show at Cantrell's
9:00 - 11:00 p.m. — Live Music at Cantrell's
Sunday, September 16
8:00 a.m. — Coffee/Breakfast at TBD
9:00 - 12:00 p.m. — Stewardship Activity, meet at the AAC NRG Campground
Cathedral Fest: Northeast Region Craggin' Classic: North Conway, NH
Join the Northeast Region of the Club and local partners and organizations like Mountain Rescue Service, Kismet Rock Foundation, IME, EMS, Synnott Mountain Guides, Winkler Mountain Guides, and more for the best climbers' weekend you've ever seen! Rub elbows with Mark Synnott, Ed Webster, Freddie Wilkinson, and other local heros while you demo La Sportive gear, attend some great clinics, take a discounted guided course, or, of course, go climb! Chip in your time for a Saturday morning Adopt a Crag with the Access Fund and Mountain Rescue Service or get in on the Kismet Rock Foundation's Cliff Run—part of the Eastern New England Trail Running Series. And what climbers' party would be complete without a tug-of-war, cankle competition, dancing, and beer? The famed Doug Scott will be presenting a slideshow Saturday evening.
Basically, you can't have a bad time at this Cathedral Fest!
Climbing Areas: Cathedral Ledge and Whitehorse Ledge
Event Headquarters: Echo Lake State Park
Camping / Lodging:
• Echo Lake State Park: 2-person tent site for weekend ($22.00 Member/$26.00 Non-member; 12 available);
4-person tent site for weekend ($42.00 Member/$48 Non-member; 8 available). Camping at Echo Lake is now sold out.
Friday, September. 21
• Stories from Cathedral Ledge: Mark Synnott and Ed Webster
• Local heroes Mark Synnott and Ed Webster talk about what makes Cathedral Ledge one of the best cliffs in the world.
• Squamish to Cerro Torre: Jason Kruk—Kruk is a young rising-star in rock climbing and alpinism circles. Kruk made headlines last winter with his first "fair means" ascent of the Southeast Ridge of Cerro Torre and removal of the controversial Maestri bolts and this summer with his hilarious television appearance on Tosh.O.
8:00-4:00 — Climbing clinics & guided climbs available at special price for AAC Members and Cathedral Fest attendees via local climbing schools and guide services. Book directly through: Winkler Mountain Guides, Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School, International Mountain Climbing School, or Synnott Mountain Guides
4:00-6:00 — Registration for Campers (pre-registration required): Echo Lake State Park
7:00-8:30 — Kick-off party, raffle, and slide shows: Mark Synnott, Ed Webster, and Jason Kruk at Zip's Pub, Cranmore Mountain Resort
Overnight — Camping at Echo Lake State Park (reservations required)
Saturday, September 22
• Big Wall Climbing Around the World: Doug Scott—Scott is a legendary British climber known for his pioneering high-altitude and big wall ascents.
• Send-tember Dance Party with DJ Mon Voyage Neon—New Paltz, New York DJ returns to North Conway to spin dance tunes after the Doug Scott show
8:00-10:00 — Registration, coffee, beach yoga, and gear demo — Echo Lake State Park
9:00-12:00 — Stewardship project at Cathedral Ledge — meet at Echo Lake at 9:00 am
12:00-1:00 — Lunch for stewardship project participants
12:30-4:00 — Afternoon skills clinics by local guides (Anchors 101, Self Rescue, Rappelling Systems, Multi-pitch Systems) — meet at Echo Lake at 12:30 pm
4:00-6:00 — Slacklining, tug-of-war competition, slab-climbing "cankle" competition, snacks and beverages — Echo Lake State Park
7:00-8:30 — Slide show: Doug Scott from the U.K. -- Zip's Pub, Cranmore Mountain Resort
9:00-10:30 — Dance party (DJ Mon Voyage Neon) -- Zip's Pub, Cranmore Mountain Resort
Overnight — Camping at Echo Lake State Park (reservations required)
Sunday, September. 23
8:00-10:00 — Free coffee and gear demo — Echo Lake State Park
9:00-12:00 — Kismet Cliff Run: http://kismetcliffrun.org/
12:30-4:00 — Afternoon skills clinics by local guides (Anchors 101, Self Rescue, Rappelling Systems, Multi-pitch Systems)— meet at Echo Lake at 12:30 pm
4:00-5:00 — Demo gear return
ABOUT SKILLS CLINICS
Clinic registration is available online through 5:00 PM on Wednesday, September 19. We will run all of our clinics rain or shine. All of our skills clinics are group clinics taught by professional guides. Most skills will be taught in a ground-school format.
Self-Rescue: Do you have the skills to get yourself out of a sticky situation? For climbers of all levels/abilities, learn about belay escape techniques and hazard evaluation.
Anchors 101: Ground course about top-rope and multi-pitch anchors using rock gear and trees.
Rappelling Systems: For climbers of all levels/abilities, learn about safe and efficient systems for transitioning to rappel and backing yourself up.
Multi-Pitch Systems: For multi-pitch climbers, learn about anchor management and belay systems, including belaying and lowering off an anchor. Please note: these systems will be taught in a ground-school or single-pitch setting.