New River Gorge craggin' classic

September 22-24, 2017

Rally to the New River Gorge! Join the American Alpine Club and CAMP USA in Fayetteville, West Virginia on September 22th- 24th for the 6th annual Craggin' Classic in the New River Gorge!

This 3-day grassroots climbing festival celebrates the climbers and climbing of the Southeast. The weekend features climbing clinics taught by professional athletes and guides, stewardship and conservation efforts, glow-stick dance parties, gear demos, food, films, music, free beer and whiskey (21+), games, free swag, bonfires, raffles, silent auctions and good times with great people!

We're proud to host live music all weekend long with this years event featuring the Long Point String Band and That High Country Revival. And if that wasn't enough, back by popular demand this year, our annual PIG ROAST! The festivities will take place at the AAC's campground with clinics taught at nearby crags in the Gorge.

World class climbing combined with Southern hospitality, live music, dead pigs, and an after-party that will have you howling at the moon. It's better than good. It's supremely-awesome. See you at the New.


*Registration is currently closed, but will open on 7/31/17. Tickets are limited (more so than last year) and will sell out. Please check back later for more information. All details listed below are subject to change until registration is officially open.

Includes: Event entrance Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including access to all entertainment; AAC trucker hat and event cup; beer for those 21+; Saturday night PIG ROAST; and Saturday and Sunday local breakfasts and coffee. Event ticket price does not include clinics or camping at the AAC's NRG Campground. See below for more details.

There is a additional pass for camping at the AAC NRG Campground. Space is limited so first come first serve for up to 250 individual spaces. There is additional camping and lodging options at other grounds within the area. See below under "Additional Details" for more information. Best to book early. 

Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by professional climbing athletes and local guides. All clinics run Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00am to 4:00pm. See below for clinic descriptions and details.

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



  • 7:00 AM: Yoga at First Hump in the NRG Campground
  • 9:00 AM: Stewardship Project with the New River Alliance of Climbers and Blue Ridge Outdoors. 
    Please join the New River Alliance of Climbers and Blue Ridge Outdoors 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. This project runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, September 29th, only. Location TBA.
  • 4:30 PM: Yoga at First Hump in the NRG Campground
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Long Point String Band
    Get down and dirty with local rockers, the Long Point String Band. They're an Old-Time acoustic outfit from southern West Virginia who blends the authenticity of Old-Time Mountain Music with the flare of bluegrass. The group consists of the virtuosic stylings of Hunter Walker, Brian Bell, Lewis Prichard, Lars Swanson , and on occasion, Barbara Rosner. More information here.
  • 6:30 PM: Just Dessert Potluck at the NRG Campground
    Bring, share and get what you deserve with a dessert potluck. Bring a dish with an ingredients card and be entered into Friday night’s raffle! **Dinner is not provided Friday night--please plan on supporting local restaurants or cooking at your site.
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Games, Raffles…
  • 8:00 PM: 25th Apollo Reed Anniversary Film followed by TBA film / slideshow at the NRG Campground
    We're still working out the details here.. stand by for more.
  • 9:30 PM - 10:00 PM: Games, Raffles…
    Our kick-off night continues! Grab a beer and take the party into the night sky!


  • 7:00 AM: Yoga at First Hump in the NRG Campground
  • 8:00 AM: Climber Coffee + Breakfast at the NRG Campground
    Locally roasted Stone Tower Joe Coffee and a TBA breakfast. 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
    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.

    Please show up 15-20 minutes early, ready to go. You will need to sign a clinic-specific waiver beforehand. 
    See below for clinic descriptions and details.
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Bouldering Comp at the NRG Campground
    Sign up at check-in for $20. Boulder hard, win prizes. Simple as that. Prizes will be awesome but are currently TBA. 
  • 4:00 PM: NRG Climber Celebration Party and Hoedown-Throw-Down
    Beers? Check. Southern hospitality? Check. Attitude of reckless abandon? Check. Join the tribe 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+); live music; a vendor village, games; and more! 
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Games, Raffles…
    Let the games begin..
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM: That High Country Revival
    That High Country Revival plays everything from old-time string band and jug band music, to country blues, and rock n' roll. The band's sound features authentic old-timey vocals & guitar from Chris Lovejoy, rollicking mando and fiddle playing by Matt Spade and Stan Bumgardner, and driving rhythms from R. D. Dean on the stand-up bass. They are often joined by good friends John Nelson on everything from the banjo to harmonica and Goose Sizemore, who loves percussion so much he invented his own instruments. More information here.
  • 7:00 PM: Annual Pig Roast Dinner!
    Back by popular demand, the world-famous NRG Craggin' Classic Pig Roast! This meal (and all meals provided) are part of a no-waste initiative please bring a plate, fork, etc. lest you eat with your hands like a savage.
  • 8:00 PM:  Dyno Competition
    Jumping is hard. Doing it under the bright lights under the gaze of drunken strangers? Maybe harder? We don't really know. Show us how good you are and win some cool stuff.
  • 10:00 PM: Games, Raffles..
    And the games continue.
  • 10:30 PM: Tuggin' Shack Dance Party
    Dance till the stars come down from the rafters. BYO-Glowsticks! An annual favorite.


  • 8:00 AM: Yoga at First Hump in the NRG Campground
  • 8:30 AM: Climber Coffee + Breakfast at the NRG Campground
    Feeling rough from a night of gettin' after it? Start your day right with locally roasted Stone Tower Joe Coffee and a TBA breakfast. This meal (and all meals provided) are part of a no-waste initiative 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 climb, too (or lounge around at the crag nursing hangovers).


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.

Clinics for the New River Gorge Craggin’ Classic will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00am to 4:00pm, weather permitting. Clinics will begin promptly at 9:00am. Please arrive 15 minutes early, prepared to learn from the best.

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.

*Clinic details are currently TBA. Please check back later for more information.


97 Pudds Rd.
Lansing, WV 25862

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.

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

2017 New River Gorge Craggin' Classic is presented by: