MOAB CRAGGIN' CLASSIC

October 27-29, 2017

The American Alpine Club and CAMP USA are proud to announce the return of the Moab Craggin' Classic! Please come enjoy the clear desert air with us here in Moab, UT for another weekend of amazing climbing clinics, festivities, films, presentations, gear giveaways, and stewardship projects. We have some great presenters this year, including the legendary Jim Donini and local crusher and guidebook author Karl Kelly. Additionally, we have an amazing array of clinics to offer, taught by some of the best and brightest in the industry, along with a few special guests!

This 3-day climbing festival, organized in conjunction with local sponsors and guide services, will be a celebration of the heart of canyon country, highlighting the unique and special nature of our region and our community.

The 2017 Moab Craggin Classic will feature a full lineup of desert-specific climbing clinics taught by professional guides and guest athletes; a climber’s celebration held in downtown Moab, featuring our awesome local food trucks, live music, silent auctions and raffles with incredible deals on top-end gear. Sunday, join us for a free volunteer breakfast provided by the Love Muffin, and a Q & A with our local BLM officials, followed by our local stewardship projects.

This is the desert at its best, and we know you’ll be here already, so please join us for the return of our American Alpine Club Moab Craggin’ Classic!


REGISTRATION:

**Online registration for the Moab Craggin' Classic has now closed. There are still tickets and clinics available for walk-in registration, however. Just come to the event on Friday and we'll get you sorted out!

GENERAL WEEKEND PASS: $30
Includes: AAC trucker hat & pint glass; beer for 21+; entrance to Friday and Saturday evening events and climber party in downtown Moab. Event ticket price does not include clinics!

CLINIC REGISTRATION: $70
Enrich your climbing skill base and awareness with an array of climbing clinics taught by a combination of the pros you know and love, accompanied by long-time local, professional guides. All clinics run Saturday, October 28th from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Please show up 15-20 minutes early, ready to go with all personal gear, at the Center Street Ball Parks in downtown Moab. This will be ground zero/vendor village, etc. See below for clinic descriptions and details.

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


EVENT SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

  • 4:00 - 7:00 PM: Participant Arrival and Registration
    Our weekend headquarters and vendor village will be located at the Center Street Ball Parks in downtown Moab. Meet us here early to register, mingle with the community, chat with reps from our sponsors, and peruse the latest gear.

  • 7:00 PM: Weekend kickoff and slideshow by local climbing legend and author; Karl Kelley
    Meet us Friday night at the Center Street Ball Parks in downtown Moab, ground zero for the event, to see local guidebook author and climbing aficionado Karl Kelley give a slide show of his first ascents and decades of climbing in the area. When he’s not cooking at his world-famous restaurant, the Desert Bistro, Karl has been putting up first ascents voraciously in the Moab area for over a decade. He’s also a fastidious note-taker, and with his new Indian Creek guidebook, Karl will again re-define the standard for the region. Some other local legends are also known to make guest appearances…Sponsors will also be set up with booths of some of the latest and greatest gear on the market!

  • 8:00 PM: Alpinists At Large, film screening
    In 1981 Jack Tackle, Jim Donini, Kim Schmitz, Jim Kanzler, and Greg Thomsen traveled to the newly opened mountains of central China to attempt the South Face of then unclimbed Mt. Siguniang. Retreating from the mountain in defeat, the team engaged in outrageous hijinks that, until recently, were too embarrassing to share publicly. This film gathers the four surviving members to learn about their experiences in China in 1981 and highlight their hilarious account with animated images from the expedition. Funny and hugely entertaining!
     
  • 9:30 PM: After-Party at the Moab Brewery
    Stroll down Main Street to the Moab Brewery (686 S Main St. Moab, UT 84532) and enjoy a beer on the house. Food and additional local craft brews from Moab Brewery available for purchase of course!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

  • 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. Sign up for a climbing clinic taught by the professional climbing athletes and local climbing guides and up your game. Everyone has something to learn. 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 clean aid climbing tactics, off-width climbing, splitter crack technique, esoteric bouldering at Big Bend, self-rescue skills, crag etiquette, fast and light systems, multi-pitch efficiency and management, mental techniques for committed climbing, and more!

    All clinics run Saturday, October 28th from 8:00am-4:00pm. Please show up 15-20 minutes early, ready to go at the Center Street Ball Parks in downtown Moab. This will be ground zero/vendor village, etc. See below for clinic descriptions and details.

    Clinics hosted by Moab Desert Adventures, Moab Cliffs and Canyons, & Desert Highlights.

  • 5:00 PM: Climber Celebration Party on the River with the Moab Brewery
    Join us for our party and community gathering at the Center Street Ball Parks in downtown Moab! The evening will feature our local food trucks the Quesadilla Mobilla and Yummy Town; signature trivia game and gear giveaway; free beer provided by the Moab Brewery (21+); a generous silent auction and raffle featuring amazing deals on top end gear; vendor village and games; local food; and more! Enjoy an October evening in one of America’s greatest small towns.

  • 7:30 PM: Jim Donini presents, "The Holy Grail of Alpinism - The North Ridge of Latok I"
    Join climbing legend Jim Donini as he spins a tale of alpine adventures that's sure to knock you sideways! Michael Kennedy’s classic essay on this is a must read and can be found on the Rock & Ice website!

    The scene: 1978 in the mythic Karakoram Mountains; Choktoi Glacier region.  Jim, along with cousins George and Jeff Lowe, and Michael Kennedy, undertook what was to become one of the most legendary expeditions in history on the North Ridge of Latok I. After more than 20 days on the route, and barely a rope-length from the summit, they had to turn back due to bad weather, lack of food, and teammate Jeff Lowe’s worsening condition. The success of their retreat has been immortalized as one of the greatest “failures” in mountaineering history. This is Jim’s inaugural run of this slide show, so we’re all in for something special.

     
    • A few words from Jim: "George Lowe, Thom Englebach and I accompanied Thomas Huber and his German partners last August to the crucible of modern alpinism; the Latok/Ogre Cirque.Three peaks; Latok 1, Ogre 2 and The Ogre lie shoulder to shoulder and present, arguably, the world's most difficult summits to reach. In 1978, George and Jeff Lowe, Michael Kennedy and I attempted the North Ridge of Latok 1. 26 days later, hampered by the unrelenting difficulties and two major storms, we reached the Choktoi Glacier (barely) having turned around 100 vertical meters or so from the summit. In the ensuing 38 years, at least 27 teams of world-class climbers have tried to finish the job and none have gotten closer than 2,000 vertical feet below our high point. What to think? Is some evil mountain goddess casting a spell? George and I went back to Latok with Thomas Huber to find some answers. The show will be about our climb in 1978 and about our return 38 years later. Come and see the most magnificent mountain cirque on the planet, and learn why it has been a black hole for climbers’ hopes."
       
  • Post Show: The Party Continues...
    Keep the party alive in Moab after Jim's epic slideshow!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

  • 8:30 AM: Volunteer Breakfast and BLM Meet & Greet
    Rally the crew back to our event headquarters at the Center Street Ball Parks in downtown Moab, for a free volunteer breakfast hosted by the one-and-only Love Muffin Cafe, one of Moab’s best and most revered breakfast locales. Enjoy delicious grub and coffee while discussing local land management issues with the folks from our local BLM offices.

  • 9:00 AM: Stewardship Projects with the local offices of our federal land management agencies
    Fully caffeinated and with a full stomach, sign up for a stewardship project to do your part in giving back and taking ownership of the great climbing and fragile ecosystem of the Moab Desert, all of which is on your federal lands! This year we’ll have assistance from the HMI Gap program, as well as the Front Range Climbing Stewards. Roll up your sleeves and get involved with our local federal land management agencies in helping to keep our climbing areas clean and sustainable! Meet at the Center Street Ball Parks in downtown Moab.


CLINIC OFFERINGS:

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! All guides taking part in the Moab Craggin' Classic are local folks--desert rats with hard and true knowledge of our diverse canyonlands terrain. Climbers of all abilities are welcome, though basic climbing knowledge and proficiency is expected.

Clinics for the Moab Craggin’ Classic will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 8:00am to 4:00pm, weather permitting. Clinics will begin promptly at 8:00am. Please meet at the Center Street Ball Parks in downtown Moab. This will be ground zero/vendor village, etc. Arrive 15 minutes early, prepared to learn from the best.

Clinics hosted by Moab Desert Adventures, Moab Cliffs and Canyons, & Desert Highlights.

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

  • HUGE DAYS WITH A LIGHT RACK with Rob Pizem, presented by CAMP USA
    There are few things more fascinating or fulfilling than proficiently negotiating technical terrain on huge rock routes. Here, proficiency is the key … when everything we know and all the training we do comes together to create a very particular kind of accomplishment. This clinic is designed to explore the strategies and tactics involved in trying to improve our efficiency on big multi-pitch rock routes so we can ultimately move faster and climb higher. We will be studying the skills, the gear, and our objectives in order to distill this vast subject matter down to a digestible set of strategies and tactics that we can exercise in our regular climbing and training routines. The CAMP athletes teaching these clinics are absolute experts on the subject with bold first ascents around the world and numerous speed records across the United States from the Naked Edge in Eldorado Canyon to the Nose on El Capitan. See the clinic curriculum for more details
    • EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware). Personal items such as food, water, sunscreen, camera, note taking tools. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors).

    • PREREQUISITES: These clinics are most appropriate for climbers with a solid base of experience who are looking to expand into more challenging and difficult terrain. Climbers of the 5.10 and above experience level stand to gain the most, but regardless of grade level, participants should be ready to push their boundaries. 

  • ADVANCED TRAD CLIMBING with Jesse Huey, presented by Arc’Teryx
    Join Arc'Teryx athlete and accomplished climbing connoisseur, Jesse Huey, to redevelop your approach to trad climbing and seriously up your game. This clinic is suited for the climber who is already leading comfortably on bolts and has some experience leading on their own trad gear as well. You will learn skills to improve your ability to place gear on more difficult climbs and in more complex situations. Scenarios involving traverses, mid-pitch descents, protecting overhangs, minimizing rope drag, and other situations that require increased problem solving skills in order to protect safely are all covered in this clinic. Climbers on this course should be comfortable leading at a 5.8 level already. This clinic is a part of the Arc'Teryx Climbing Academy.

    • About Jesse: Jesse grew up in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains where adventure and athletics were always at the foreground of his life. Be it rock, ice, or mixed he loves them all. In the last several years he has free climbed El Capitan in a single day, mixed climbed M10, put up first ascents in Asia and Patagonia, repeated one of Alaska's most difficult grade 6 routes, and has also been incredibly injured in the process. Going climbing is always easy, the biggest challenge to him is maintaining the balance of his profession, passion to climb, and his relationships.

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

    • PREREQUISITES: These clinics are most appropriate for climbers with a solid base of experience who are looking to expand into more challenging and difficult terrain. Climbers of the 5.10 and above experience level stand to gain the most, but regardless of grade level, participants should be ready to push their boundaries. 

  • THE ART OF THE PROJECT with Ben Rueck, presented by CAMP USA
    The Art of the Project is an intensive clinic designed to help climbers break into new levels of difficulty within a single pitch environment. 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 our objectives. The clinic covers the emotional, mental, and physical parts of the process from the perspective of athletes who have had to use these very tools to push their climbing to new levels.

    Here is a short introduction from the author and instructor:
    "Two years and over 50 falls had gone into trying to send Gutless Wonder (5.14b), my first climb at that grade.  I can only estimate the falls because after thirty of them, I’d just quit counting.  I wanted to walk away from the 50 degree lime stone wall and sweep the idea of red-pointing this Colorado test piece under the rug.  But I couldn’t and I wouldn’t.  There was an indescribable pull that forced me to grow as a climber and as a person –– as well as plant the seed for this clinic.  It all started with a simple shift in my mental framework, ‘It is not so much the Why, but the How that matters.’

    Easy phrase to speak aloud, but it took ten years for me to grasp and understand …

    I needed to stop asking why I could not climb the sequence and I needed to start asking how I could climb the sequence. Suddenly a map opened before me and I could understand the things that needed to happen if I was going to succeed. That map is what I have tried to put structure behind for clinic attendees."

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

    • PREREQUISITES: These clinics are most appropriate for climbers with a solid base of experience who are looking to expand into more challenging and difficult terrain. Climbers of the 5.10 and above experience level stand to gain the most, but regardless of grade level, participants should be ready to push their boundaries. 

  • KNOWING THE ROPES, presented by the American Alpine Club
    AAC Education has been taking controversial climbing topics head on for the last 6 years. The most controversial topics in climbing tend to generate fervor because misinformation, dogma, and rigid problem-solving often characterize what we think we know about some of the most foundational skills in American climbing. These knowledge gaps often lead to accidents, but it’s not always the novice climber that gets hurt. Intermediate and advanced climbers also fall victim to knowledge gaps.

    The Know the Ropes sampler is a clinic for any climber that wants to get off the Mountain Project forum and have a real hands-on myth-busting, set-the-record-straight, interactive educational session on the following topics: Belaying in single pitch and multipitch; Rappelling; Cleaning an anchor in a single pitch setting; Anchor building.

    • PREREQUISITES: This clinic is appropriate for any climber at any phase in their climbing.  If participants have prior experience with the clinic topics, the clinic can be more hands-on.  If not, the clinic still has informational value for those that might not yet be ready to practice in 5th class terrain.

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

  • IMPROVISED SELF-RESCUE, presented by the American Alpine Club
    Self-Rescue curricula rarely focus on the scenarios that actually routinely happen. Our clinic will spend less time focusing on unlikely scenarios like incapacitated climbers or leader-rescue and more time focusing on the awkward scenarios that every climber eventually experiences: Rope gets stuck when you try to pull it; Rope Drag is so severe the leader can’t move; I dropped my belay device; My rope doesn’t make it to the next rap station.

    • PREREQUISITES: This clinic has value for any climber at any phase in their climbing.  If participants to do not have traditional lead climbing experience or multi pitch climbing experience, the hands-on portions of the clinics will likely be limited to ground school.

    • EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Specific rescue tools (2 5mm nylon prussic loops or Sterling Hollowblocks, 2 48" slings, 2 7mm nylon cordellette, a mechanical assisted braking device, a tube style belay device with plaquette function like an ATC Guide or Reverso, 4 extra HMS style locking carabiners). Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware, lead climbing and anchor building tools). Personal Items such as food, water, sunscreen, bugspray, camera, note taking tools, etc. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors).

  • SPLITTER CRACK CLIMBING with Jim Donini and Jay Smith
    Two masters, one clinic; Jay Smith and Jim Donini have unimaginable lists of first ascents all over the world, and Jay in particular is one of the most prolific crack climbers in the canyonlands region. Just like Fred Beckey and Layton Kor, if you’ve climbed enough, and whether you know it or not, you’ve likely climbed one of Jay’s routes. Join these two legends at the amazing Maverick Buttress in Long Canyon 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.

    • EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware). Roll of tape to protect those mitts! Personal items such as food, water, sunscreen, camera, note taking tools. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors). Desire to suffer!

    • PREREQUISITES: Clinic participants should have at least a baseline of strength and fitness up to 5.10/5.11, trad or sport. However, there is a lot of technique to learn without even leaving the ground, so don't be discouraged. Warm-ups start at 5.10 for these clinics though, so be ready for battle! 

  • OFF-WIDTHS ARE BEAUTIFUL with Jay Anderson and Pamela Shanti Pack
    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. 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. And not much needs to be said about Pam; she is the off-width diva of our age, and has almost single-handedly resurrected this somewhat-obscure art of crack combat! With many first ascents and hard repeats in the desert, not to mention her vast resumé in other areas, there is no one better than Pam to 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.

    • EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware). Roll of tape to protect those mitts! Personal items such as food, water, sunscreen, camera, note taking tools. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors). Desire to suffer!

    • PREREQUISITES: Clinic participants should have at least a baseline of strength and fitness up to 5.10/5.11, trad or sport. However, there is a lot of technique to learn without even leaving the ground, so don't be discouraged. Warm-ups start at 5.10 for these clinics though, so be ready for battle! 

  • SLABANEERING 101 with Shingo Ohkawa, presented by SCARPA
    One of climbing’s most eery sub-disciplines, and a favorite of last year’s event - slab climbing! Learn how to step it up, high step it up that is! Around here, we call is smanding; the sometimes-scary art of smearing on sand. Learn this esoteric practice while enjoying a grand tour of some of Wall Streets best slab climbs. Though we’ll start on 5.8, we’ll spend a good deal of our time right around 5.10. These climbs, done ground-up on the first ascents, are a hallmark of the famous Wall Street climbing area.

    However, the skills you’ll develop will help you everywhere; from obscure desert towers with that one dreaded face pitch, to Yosemite and Joshua Tree, Eldorado Canyon, and beyond. Learning to use your feet is an essential tool in a well-rounded climber’s quiver. Speaking of well-rounded, did someone say smanding?!

    • Shingo on Shingo: "The two things I loathe writing about most are of me and of my climbing. Let's just say, that I'm a lifer, a prodigal dirt-bag who barely manages even to stand on the shoulders of those giants who'd preceded him…much less, summit anything of any major significance… I am, however, completely obsessed with exploring the high places of the world; if traditional climbing is my ascent-craft, then I am a journeyman-alpine rock climber…and, a hack ski-mountaineer…who's still paying his dues, trying to open new routes in ranges near and far, from the Wasatch to the Karakoram. No place is too far, for the world's still a big place and I've got no time to lose!"

    • EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware). Personal Items such as food, water, sunscreen, camera, note taking tools. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors). Cool head, dancing shoes and calves of steel! 

    • PREREQUISITES: This clinic is appropriate for most experience levels, but the majority of the climbing will be in the 5.8 - 5.10 level, so come prepared to step it up, so to speak!

  • TRAD IS RAD! An Intro to Traditional Climbing with Dawn Glanc, presented by Black Diamond
    Sport climbing is great fun, but with few exceptions, the greatest climbs in the world—the most classic, historic lines—follow lines of natural weakness that require specific gear and specific techniques. Transitioning into traditional climbing can be a difficult affair without the proper mentorship, because of all the extra components involved. Logistically speaking, traditional climbing is more complex and involved than sport climbing, with a lot more to know about technique, gear placements, anchors, etc. If you are interested in expanding your skills beyond bolted sport climbs, this clinic is for you. This traditional climbing clinic will prepare you to place solid protection and build bombproof anchors to keep you feeling confident about climbing on your gear. All of this will allow you to venture further into the rich field of amazing American traditional climbing venues.

    • About Dawn: Dawn Glanc, pronounced "Glance", was born and raised in Brunswick Ohio. At the age of 21, she moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota where she learned to rock and ice climb. After 8 years in the hills, Dawn wanted to explore bigger mountains and more complex terrain so, in 2004, she moved to Bellingham Washington to begin a career as a Mountain Guide. Dawn is certified by the American Mountain Guide Association as well as a Co-owner of Chicks Climbing and Skiing. Whenever possible, she spends her time travelingto different climbing destinations--Dawn has climbed all over the western United States, as well as Canada, France, Norway, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Sardinia and Iceland. Dawn has also competed in the Ouray Ice Festival Competition, winning the women’s division in 2009 and 2011. She also won first place at the 2012 Teva Winter Games. She is currently based out of Ouray, Colorado where, in her free time, she serves as a Ouray City Councilor.

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

    • PREREQUISITES: This clinic is appropriate for any climber at any phase in their climbing.  If participants have prior experience with the clinic topics, the clinic can be more hands-on.  If not, the clinic still has informational value for those that might not yet be ready to practice in 5th class terrain.

  • ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Clean Aid Tactics with Marcus Garcia, presented by Sterling Ropes
    One of the key characteristics to climbing towers in the greater Moab area is clean aid. From the Fisher Towers to Arches National Park, some of the most classic routes will require a very desert-specific bag of tricks. Join our local master aid climbers to learn the tools of the trade. This is one of the more specific clinics, so attendees will be expected to bring their personal aid climbing gear to facilitate a more efficient learning environment. Bring your Aliens and Tri-cams, and get ready to top-step!

    • About Marcus: “Marcus Garcia might be the best climber you’ve never heard of.”  — Rock and Ice Magazine, issue 238. Marcus is an all-around climber, and has established over 200 new routes, including everything from traditional, sport, and mixed climbing to big walls and desert towers. However, his biggest accomplishment and legacy is not how hard he can push himself, but what he passes on to the next generation of climbers as a coach and mentor. As lead coach for youth Team USA Ice Climbing, Marcus is helping develop the next generation of Olympic calibre climbing.

    • EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware, anchor materials). Personal aid climbing equipment (ascenders, daisy chains (adjustable daisies are best), extra lockers). Personal items such as food, water, sunscreen, camera, note taking tools. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors).

    • PREREQUISITES: This clinic is appropriate for any climber at any phase in their climbing.  If participants have prior experience with the clinic topics, the clinic can be more hands-on.  If not, the clinic still has informational value for those that might not yet be ready to practice in 5th class terrain.

  • GETTING TO THE GOODS: The Gym to Crag Transition
    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.

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

    • PREREQUISITES: This clinic is appropriate for any climber at any phase in their climbing.  If participants have prior experience with the clinic topics, the clinic can be more hands-on.  If not, the clinic still has informational value for those that might not yet be ready to practice in 5th class terrain.


ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

CAMPING:
Because the Moab Craggin Classic is held (most awesomely) in downtown Moab, camping is neither included nor provided. There is free dispersed camping on the Manti LaSal National Forest up the LaSal Loop Road and/or BLM land surrounding Moab to the North, South, and West. There are also numerous BLM campgrounds along the Colorado River corridor and other areas around Moab that are beautiful and convenient. Lastly, there are numerous lodging options within the city of Moab. We encourage you to stay in town, support Moab's local economy, and have the freedom to drink and hang out late without the worry of finding someone to drive you back to your tent

FOOD:
Sunday breakfast is included for those participating in the volunteer stewardship projects. Food trucks will be available on Saturday night. Any other grubbing is on you to provide.


Questions ?
If you have any questions regarding the Moab Craggin' Classic, please contact Event Coordinator Nate Sydnor at [email protected] or at (804) 814-3872


The 2017 Moab Craggin' Classic is presented by:

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Banner photo: AAC staff member Adam Peters