MOAB CRAGGIN' CLASSIC

October 25-27, 2019

The Moab Craggin’ Classic, powered by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment, is a desert climbering festival in the heart of Moab, Utah! This October 25-27, join the AAC and climbers among the sandstone, to learn new skills, meet new climbing partners, give back to our local crags, and celebrate our awesome climbing community. 

Up your game with climbing clinics taught by professional climbers and local climbing guides. Covering a variety of topics, there are clinics for all skill levels. This year we are psyched to be partnering with Moab Trail Mix again for our local stewardship project. Last year we cleaned up and clearly delineated the trails at the Cinema/Theater climbing area, reducing impact to the fragile desert environment. This year, the Abraxas trail will be getting a face lift with improved access to parking and toilets!

This year, we are hosting a variety of entertainment, starting with The REEL ROCK Film Tour on Friday night. REEL ROCK 14 blazes across the planet with a brand new collection of the year’s best climbing films, delivering jaw-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humor. On Saturday, we’re excited to bring you a showing of Sterling Rope’s film “Adaptive”. When only one major obstacle just won’t do Jim Ewing, and Maureen Beck set out to attempt the first all-adaptive ascent of the classic Lotus Flower Tower. Also on the docket for Saturday is Durango outdoor-adventure themed theater group, Theatre of the Wild. Their new show “Lobuje” tells the tale of their trip to the Himalayas, which included an emergency helicopter evacuation. 

Evenings are for celebrating, so we’ll have beer from the Moab Brewery, a dance party, gear giveaways, a silent auction, a festive costume contest (with prizes!), and more! Throughout the festival you can enjoy perusing the vendor village, competitions, games, and gear demos. Local food trucks, including Moab Kitchen (100% plant-based) and Moab BBQ Spitfire Smokehouse (pit fired NC BBQ) will be onsite to feed the hungry climbers. 

So grab a buddy and rally to the desert for the Moab Craggin’ Classic!


REGISTRATION:

**Registration opens August 27 at 9am MST. Information and prices are subject to change until then. Tickets are limited and will sell out! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop on event details and updates.

GENERAL WEEKEND PASS: $40
Includes: Entrance to festival and vendor village, AAC cup and trucker hat, REEL ROCK 14 viewing, Sterling Rope’s “Adaptive” viewing, Theatre of the Wild’s “Lobuje” performance, two beer tickets for those age 21+, gear demos, morning coffee, and much more! Clinics and camping NOT included.

CLINIC REGISTRATION: $70
Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by pro climbers and guides. All clinics run Saturday, October 27th from 8:00am-4:00pm. Please show up 15 minutes early for breakfast (included!) and to get organized. See below for clinic details.

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

CAMPING PASS—TENT: $15 per night per tent
We’re excited to offer onsite camping at this year’s Craggin’ Classic venue! Please note this is not per person, but per tent.

CAMPING PASS—RV: $25 per night
We’re excited to offer onsite camping at this year’s Craggin’ Classic venue! Please note this is not per person, but per RV.


EVENT SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th

  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Event & Camping Check In is Open
    Our weekend headquarters and vendor village will be located at the pavilion at the Old Spanish Trail Arena (3641 South Highway 191, Moab, UT 84532), just a ten minute drive south of town. Meet us here check in for the weekend and set up camp.

  • 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM: Weekend kickoff party, bar opens, raffle, games and evening entertainment!
    Join us for an evening of fun! Enjoy some tasty Moab Brewery beer, good music, raffle and gear giveaways, climbing games, and general shenanigans at Vendor Village. Be a Craggin’ Classic all-star and take home some prizes.

  • 5:00 PM: Dinner Time - Food Truck Onsite!
    Dinner available for purchase from Moab Kitchen, your favorite 100% plant based food truck, featuring Chef Lal, cooking authentic Sri Lankan curries!

  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: REEL ROCK 14 Film Tour
    The REEL ROCK Film Tour, one of climbing's greatest celebrations, returns this fall with four new world premieres. In a battle for El Cap’s coveted Nose speed record, rock legends Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold go head to head with Yosemite dirtbags Jim Reynolds and Brad Gobright. Highball bouldering ace Nina Williams flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone. In rural Utah, conservative Mormon coal miners collide with an influx of out-of-town climbers - with surprising results. And two adventurous Brits, Hazel Findlay and Maddy Cope, pursue first ascents in wild and remote Mongolia.

  • 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM: After Party
    Enjoy Moab Brewery beers and fun around the vendor village. Then rest up to be on your A-game for Saturday’s climbing clinics! (Or continue the party back at the campground)

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th

  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Coffee with Bivoac Coffee, the official coffee of the AAC
    No day should start without coffee! Bring your mug (so we can keep the event green) and we’ll fill it up with some tasty bean water.

  • 7:30 AM: Gear Demos Begin
    Your weekend pass includes access to gear demos (additional collateral required). Try out the latest and greatest gear at the crag Saturday, during your clinic or on your own. Demos are arranged with our fantastic sponsors at the Vendor Village.

  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Climbing Clinics with the Pros
    Learning from those that are masters at their craft can seriously benefit your climbing. Take your climbing to a new level by signing up for a climbing clinic taught by professional climbers and local guides! Climbers of all abilities are welcome, though basic climbing knowledge and proficiency is expected. Learn the skills you need to climb more comfortably and efficiently in the desert and beyond. Clinics will include topics such as gym to crag, mental training, bouldering, projecting: tactics and strategies, climbing movement, Rope 101, and more! More clinic details coming soon.

  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Event & Camping Check-in Open
    Our weekend headquarters and vendor village will be located at the pavilion at the Old Spanish Trail Arena (3641 South Highway 191, Moab, UT 84532), just a ten minute drive south of town. Meet us here check in for the weekend and set up camp.

  • 4:00 PM onwards: Costume Party with Moab Brewery and Vendor Village
    It’s never too early to throw on your costume! If you do, you just might take home a rad prize. Gather with the crew and enjoy some tasty Moab Brewery beer, music, silent auction and raffle, climbing games, and general shenanigans at Vendor Village area. Be ready for anything from pull up contests to a crash pad rodeo, because we’ll have some fun games and rad prizes!

  • 5:00 PM: Dinner Time - Food Trucks Onsite!
    Food truck dinner available for purchase, choose between Carnivore and Vegan! Moab Kitchen (100% plant based) and Moab BBQ Spitfire Smokehouse (Pit fired NC bbq) on site to feed the hungry climbers.

  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Screening of ADAPTIVE
    We are excited to be partnered with Sterling Rope and bringing you the screening of Adaptive. When only one major obstacle just won’t do Jim Ewing, and Maureen Beck set out to attempt the first all-adaptive ascent of the classic Lotus Flower Tower. Jim is a Sterling Rope Engineer and below-the-knee amputee. Maureen Beck, was born without her left hand, and they are both professional athletes. As their adventure unfolds, we see that the ability to adapt is a universal and common thread that unites us.

  • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM: “Lobuje” Performance by Theatre of the Wild
    This special live performance show tells the tale of the performers’ trip to the Himalayas, which included an emergency helicopter evacuation. From the creator: “On stage, we’re owning our stories, so that we’re not defined by them.”

  • 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM: Nighttime Shenanigans
    Need we say more?! The party continues with good beer, good music and plenty of booty shakin’! Winners of the Costume Contest are going home with rad prizes, so be sure to bring your A game!

  • 10:00 PM onwards:
    Continue the party at the campground, just a short walk away.

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27th

  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Coffee with Bivoac Coffee, the official coffee of the AAC
    You’ll need this after the shenanigans from the night before! Bring your mug (so we can keep the event green) and we’ll fill it up with some tasty bean water.

  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Breakfast for Stewardship Event Volunteers
    Get fed and caffeinated before this year’s crag stewardship project! Enjoy a tasty breakfast before heading out to the crag to do some good.

  • 9:00 AM: Crag Stewardship Project
    Come out to give back to our local crag. We are psyched to be partnering with Moab Trail Mix again for our local Craggin Classic stewardship project. The Abraxas trail will be getting a face lift with improved access to parking and toilets! More details to come, space is limited. 

    *The first 20 people to register online for the stewardship project AND show up will receive a special Yeti Tumbler as a thank you gift.

  • 2:00 PM: Casual Social Craggin’ Meet up
    After the stewardship project is wrapped up you’re invited to stick around with your new friends and new skills to enjoy the crag you just gave love to. Bring your own gear and explore some of the best splitters and accessible tower Moab has to offer. *This is an unguided meetup experience not facilitated by the AAC or it’s partners* enjoy the climbing!


CLINIC OFFERINGS:

Clinics for the Moab Craggin’ Classic will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 8:00am to 4:00pm, weather permitting. Clinics will begin promptly at 8:00. Please meet at Old Spanish Trail Arena outdoor pavilion; grand central for the weekend’s events. Arrive 15 minutes early, prepared to learn from the best. Clinics are $70; current AAC members receive 10% off.

Clinic offerings will include local-specific topics, as well as universally applicable climbing techniques. Clinics will be conducted with pro athletes and local professional guides. All guides taking part are local Moab folks; desert rats with hard and true knowledge of our diverse canyonlands terrain, and the sensitivities required to climb in the desert safely, respectfully, and at full throttle!  Space is limited for all clinics and have a minimum participant number. We’ll do the best to accommodate everyone’s first choice but some rearranging may be necessary. 

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate clothing for climbing.

  • INTRO TO CRACK CLIMBING with Rob Pizem, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
    Cracks running up a cliff face present obvious and aesthetic lines to follow while climbing. In the desert they’re often the only weakness, splitting an otherwise blank wall. However, figuring out how to climb a crack can be challenging, especially if you’re new to splitters. Fundamental to all crack climbing is jamming, which can be difficult and sometimes painful. But with practice and a little coaching from crack guru “Piz”, your technique will improve, as will the fun factor.

  • ART OF THE PROJECT with Jeff Snyder, 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!

  • 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 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.

    Additional Equipment: Basic climbing gear, including GriGri, 4’ nylong sling or cordellette, prussic loop, 2 or 3 locking carabiners. GriGri if you have one.

  • 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.

    Pre-requisites: Some initial climbing and belaying experience is important.  It’s hard to learn to lead anything without some basic toproping experience.

    Additional Equipment: Ropes and Trad Racks will be helpful but not required.

  • SPLITTER CRACK CLIMBING with Jesse Huey, presented by Arc’Teryx
    Jesse has established an omnivorous appetite for all climbing styles. Adored by his partners, Jesse is sometimes called Shrek and often asked 'how do you fit those sausage fingers in those tiny cracks', a comment he takes as a compliment. Join this ogre to learn better technique for splitter cracks. As possibly the best crack-climbing crag in Moab, Maverick’s cracks are amazing Wingate Sandstone, just like Indian Creek, so this is a perfect clinic for those hoping to take their desert splitter technique to the next level. Just like The Creek though, the warm-ups are 5.10, so be ready for some physical climbing.

  • OFF-WIDTHS ARE BEAUTIFUL with Pamela Shanti Pack and Jay Anderson
    To the initiated, off-width climbing is known as one of the most technical styles of climbing there is. To the uninitiated, it’s little more than an instrument of torture. Pamela Shanti Pack specializes in off-width crack climbing. She has made "close to 80 first ascents", many around the Moab area.  Her partner in crime, a little-known legend, and endeared to all who know him, Jay is one of the all-time greatest off-width climbers in the world. He was the author of what was at the time the world’s first 5.13 off-width, Lucille, in Vedauwoo, Wyoming, and has been quietly crushing hard off-widths, some of which are still unrepeated, for decades. Jay is the trusted advisor to many of our modern off-width idols, acting as a sensei of sorts with his quick wit and excellent technique. All these folks will help you ascend that next wide crack, inch by inch.

    If you are a glutton for punishment, or simply want to climb that one damn off-width pitch on the tower route of your choice, this clinic is for you. At Off-width City in Long Canyon, you’ll have the chance to work on the subtle art of off-width war.

  • BETTER BOULDERING, with Chris Schulte presented by Black Diamond
    Big Bend is Moab’s famous bouldering zone for Sandstone Bloc’s. The place is all about delicacy. Sandstone is fragile, and here especially so. Tiptoe through the crypto. Mind the trails. Be real low impact. Holds are few and far between. The style is powerful and balancy. There are many slabs, arêtes, slopers and other shapes. Holds are usually far apart. The rock can be very sandy or hard as sharpening stones. Join Chris to get pointers from one of the desert’s most prolific boulderers.

  • MOVEMENT EFFICIENCY with Marcus Garcia, presented by Adidas
    From the moment the first hold is felt and the first step is taken, there are many minute muscle that are triggered to keep you stable on the route. Marcus Garcia will break down the individual moves in isolation that help you make one move in the most efficient manner. Over the course of the route you can find yourself less pumped and able to move with more ease. Focus will be on fingers placement, grip relax technique, shoulder driving movement. Leg driven movement. Hip position. Foot placement. These components should be considered when making a single move. When the moves are broken down in its simplicity, efficiency takes over.

  • KEEPING A COOL HEAD ON THE SHARP END with Hazel Findlay, presented by Black Diamond
    Improve your climbing performance and enjoyment with this introduction to mental-training skills workshop. Hazel will teach: right mindset, right motivation, focusing techniques and tools for managing: fear of falling/stress/unknowns/performance pressure. This workshop is for anyone who would like to enjoy their climbing more than they already do or for anyone who wants to improve their climbing.

  • GETTING TO THE GOODS—GYM TO CRAG with Devo Derby, presented by Adidas Terrex
    If your climbing has thus far been relegated to the indoors and you are looking to transition to outdoor climbing, this clinic is a great offering to get you started. This course is appropriate for top rope climbers and for those who are newly lead- certified or working towards certification in your local gym. Under the watchful eye of our expert local guides, we will help you make the transition to outdoor climbing and learn the necessary skills such as proper lead and top-rope belay technique, principles of lead climbing, anchor building, top-rope anchor cleaning, proper crag etiquette, etc.

  • LET’S CLIMB! AN INTRODUCTION TO CLIMBING with Molly Mitchell, presented by Adidas Terrex *WOMEN ONLY*
    An introduction to climbing for women looking to learn the basics of climbing and 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.

  • GIMPS NOT WIMPS: INTERMEDIATE ADAPTIVE CLIMBING with Maureen Beck presented by Sterling Ropes
    For adaptive climbers who have been climbing outside a few times or more and are ready to learn skills needed to build and clean their own anchors, manage a safe site, and other tools to take yourself and friends out for a day of climbing. Clinic will cover single pitch sport and trad principles and, depending on interest and level of participants, cover introduction to lead and gear placements. Participants must be independently mobile, or be able to make approach to climbing area with minimal assistance.


ADDITIONAL INFO:

Event Headquarters:
We will be located an easy 5 miles south of town at the pavilion at the Old Spanish Trail Arena (3641 South Highway 191, Moab, UT 84532).

Directions:
If traveling from the north, follow Main Street, aka highway 191, south through town for about 5 miles. Turn left when you see the brown “Old Spanish Trail Arena” signs. Once within the facility, turn right towards the pavilion to check in for the event and grab your camping pass. Parking is limited next to the pavilion so those not parking in the camping area can park by the large brick building.

Flights:
There are direct flights from Denver to Moab starting at just $79!  Several shuttle services can take you from the airport to the shindig.

Camping:
Camp onsite this year in the Old Spanish Trail Arena’s camping area. Check-in begins at 4pm on Friday, check-out by 11am on Sunday. $15/night for tents, $25/night for RV’s. Register online when you purchase your weekend event pass! Camping will be walk-in with parking nearby.

Other Lodging Options:
Moab has many options lodging options including hostels, hotels, motels, condo's, guest houses, B&B's resorts etc.  The best lodging planning  info is available at discovermoab.com

Accessibility for People with Disabilities:

  • The festival venue is ADA accessible with nearby ADA parking and restrooms

  • The camping is in a dirt field, which while level has lumps and bumps

  • Not all clinics are accessible. We are working to provide more information for specific clinics but in the meantime don’t hesitate to reach out to clinic coordinator Evan Clapper at [email protected]

Dogs:
Dogs are allowed but strongly discouraged. This is a loud and busy event. If you bring your dog they MUST be leashed at all times, both at the campground and at the pavilion. Dogs are not allowed at clinics without prior permission from the instructor. We love those furry guys!

DONATE GEAR TO SUPPORT THE AAC:
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!


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Questions ?
If you have any questions regarding the Moab Craggin' Classic, please contact Event Coordinator Elly Brophy at [email protected]


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Banner photo: AAC staff member Adam Peters