RUMNEY CRAGGIN' CLASSIC
September 27-29, 2019
The American Alpine Club is stoked to team up with CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment this September 27-29 to bring the Rumney Craggin’ Classic back to New Hampshire!
This three-day grassroots climbing festival features engaging clinics led by professional climbers and guides on topics ranging from intro to climbing to self-rescue, crushing your next project, and more. Enjoy a presentation from CAMP athlete Ben Rueck, awesome gear deals, inspiring climbing films, dancing, delicious local food, and free beer. Finish the weekend off by making your corner of the earth a little better—give back to your local crag by participating in the stewardship project.
What makes these events truly exceptional is the community of passionate and friendly folks who show up to celebrate our shared love of vertical pursuits. So, Whether you’re new to clipping bolts or have been projecting routes for decades, we want to welcome you to the Rumney Craggin’ Classic!
This Craggin’ Classic has limited space and will sell out—get your tickets while you can!
GENERAL WEEKEND PASS: $55
Includes: event entrance, an AAC trucker hat, event cup, beer tickets for those 21+, VIP access to vendor village, free gear demos, Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast, slideshows and presentations, and of course music! Weekend Pass does not include clinics, parking, food Friday or camping. See below for more details.
WEEKEND CAMPING PASS: $20
Try out our new Rattlesnake Campground and be one of the lucky folks with a sweet place to crash and park your car for the weekend! Space is limited and camping passes will sell out. The camping pass is good for ONE person and all people in your party must have their own camping pass! If you do not have a pass you must make other arrangements. Alternative camping options are listed below. Parking is included.
CLINIC REGISTRATION: $70
Have you been looking to build upon your outdoor skills? We are offering a great lineup of clinics taught by professional athletes and local guides. All clinics run Saturday September 28th from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. We ask that you show up to 15-20 minutes early, please be ready to go with all personal gear. The meeting point for clinics is on the house side of the barn at the Rattlesnake Campground. You cannot beat this price for outdoor education. Note: You cannot make changes to your clinics after September 13th.
*Current AAC members will receive a 10% discount upon registration checkout.
**Please see the Craggin’ Classic FAQ page for info on refunds and exchanges.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM: Participant Check-In at Rumney Rattlesnake Campground Entrance
Participants must check in at 415 Buffalo Rd, Rumney, NH 03266
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Warm up and Wellness brought to you by Wild Heart Yoga Adventures
Let’s take 30 minutes to cool down from the climbs with some light stretching and breathing exercises brought to you by Jennifer Morris.
5:30 PM: Vendor Village Sneak Peek
Get a taste of the fun to come as you peruse the vendor village. You will have the first look at any new gear and exciting giveaways.
5:30 PM: Dinner Time!
We can thank this awesome local community of businesses for coming to us this evening with food! Be prepared to purchase food Friday night but it will be available so you don’t have to plan ahead and can settle in while eating some great grub.
6:00 PM: Weekend Kickoff Party, opening ceremony, raffle, games and evening entertainment!
The official kick off to the 2nd Rumney Craggin' Classic, complete with opening ceremony, raffle, games and more! Don’t worry, we would not dream of doing this without filling your cups and pointing you in the direction of some oversized beer (or beverage of your choice) games. Be a Craggin’ Classic all-star and take home some prizes.
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM: Screening of ADAPTIVE + Q&A Session
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.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Magical Movement with Chi Bang from CLIENTEL3
A morning class focused on natural movement based upon the principles of MovNat. Chi is a level II MovNat instructor and excited to teach and guide you through a full body functional flow to warm up your joints and jump start your day. This will perfectly prime your body for any climb you aim to tackle. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to try this out barefoot!
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Climbing Clinics with Pro Athletes and Local Guides!
Learn from true masters of our sport and gain valuable experience while building critical skills to take you to the next level! Clinics are organized based on experience level so please choose a clinic that fits you! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! We are happy to help guide you to the right clinic offerings. Note: You cannot make changes to your clinics after September 13th.
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Choose Your Own Adventure, Vendor Village Addition!
We will have climbing yard games, prizes, slacklining, and more! Enjoy all the activities while meeting new people, hanging out with those you came with and winding down from the awesome day of climbing and clinics! Word on the street is that there are some awesome prizes and event contests, so bring your game face!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Restorative Yoga with Jennifer Morris brought to you by Wild Heart Yoga Adventures
Jennifer will be back to bring you an awesome restorative and healing yoga flow before you kick off the rest of your adventures this evening. Stay tuned for more exciting details about this class!
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Silent Auction - Open Bidding
Support American Alpine Club's grant programs, educational opportunities, climbing library, policy and advocacy efforts by bidding on one or more of our awesome auction items. Cash or credit / debit. (You must be present for your winning bid to apply).
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM: Ropes 101 with Jim Ewing, presented by Sterling Rope
Learn everything you need to know about using and caring for your ropes in this free workshop with professional climber and Sterling Rope engineer, Jim Ewing!
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Tap the Kegs with Mystery Ranch Happy Hour!
Join us and let’s tap the kegs in style with Backpacks and Brews! Mystery Ranch has some fun activities in store for this happy hour. Word on the street is that there are some awesome prizes…
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Dinner Time
New this year dinner is included with your Weekend Pass, so prepare your tastebuds for some delicious local grub! This, and all meals, are part of a no-waste initiative so please bring your own plates, silverware, etc.
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: The Shenanigans of First Ascents with Ben Rueck, presented by CAMP
Ben Rueck a native Coloradans, discovered climbing at the prime age of 17. From this point on it has become a life passion that has evolved into a dream career. Over the last 16 years he has been tackling first ascent all over the world, from Africa to the great mountains of China!
During his presentation he will be going into the nitty gritty of what it is like to take on a first ascent and how very little ever goes according to plan. Join us in hearing all the wild tails Ben has to share of mishaps, the unknown and the adventures of attacking a first ascent!
9:00 PM: Raffle
We have some amazing prizes for you to win, so support American Alpine Club by purchasing raffle tickets on site - 1 @ $2, 3 @ $5 or 10 for $10. Cash or credit / debit. (Must be present to win.)
End of Raffle - 11:00 PM: DJ Dance Party and Bonfire
Get your dancing shoes on and turn up the party because it’s time to enjoy music, awesome remixes, s’mores, fire pits, shenanigans and more. Whether you will be showing us your best moves on the dance floor or just chilling by the fire you are sure to be rocking out! For those night owls we can enjoy the fire but keep it quiet after 11pm for the neighbors.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Let’s Wake Up with a Movement Mix!
Part 1 Yoga Flow with Jennifer Morris brought to you by Wild Heart Yoga Aventures: Get your morning started with 45 minutes of a strength-building, energetic form of vinyasa flow yoga with a climbing twist. Students connect conscious breath, moving continuously and mindfully from one pose to the next cultivating balance, focus, and endurance. Class will begin with a brief meditation and grounding, and end with savasana. BYOYM - Bring your own yoga matt!
Part 2 Magical Movement with Chi Bang from CLIENTEL3: Follow this with a focus on natural movement based upon the principles of MovNat. Chi is a level II MovNat instructor and excited to teach and guide you through a full body functional flow to warm up your joints and jump start your day. This will perfectly prime your body for any climb you aim to tackle or get limber for the steward project. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to try this out barefoot! Not an early riser? Feel free to come late and jump into Part 2 at 8:15 am!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Breakfast Cooked up by White Mountain Retreat Center
New this year we are excited for this hearty and delicious breakfast brought to you by White Mountain Retreat Center. Stewards & Volunteers will get first right to jump ahead in line so they can be ready for the adventures with the RCA but all our welcome to this wonderful and hearty breakfast!
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Stewardship Project with the RCA
The Rumney Climbers Association (RCA) is a local nonprofit that is largely responsible for access to these cliffs. The awesome climbers and local representatives who make up the RCA constantly give back to the area by maintaining trails, replacing climbing hardware, putting up new routes and more. It is our turn to give back
Participate in a trail maintenance and construction day at Rumney. Volunteer efforts will be led by the Rumney first ascensionist Chris Smith, a member of the legendary Team Tough crew, and now a Rumney Climbers’ Association board member.
Participants are encouraged to bring sturdy shoes/boots, gloves, work clothes, their own food and water, and gardening tools such as shovels, rakes, and pruning shears. Sign up now to reserve your spot!
10:00 AM: Campground Clean Up
Please help us do a quick cleanup of the campground, so we can all get out and climb! Even if you’re sleepy, muster up a little energy to help us pick up, so we can keep this beautiful campground looking good.
We have a full line up of clinics for any level climber. All clinics are taught by professional athletes and co-hosted by local guides. AAC members get 10% discount; $70.00 for non-members. All clinics run Saturday September 28th from 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM, except for Wilderness First Aid which is being offered Thursday and Friday (see details below). Please show up 15 minutes early, ready to go. Be sure you have filled out a clinic specific waiver, provided at registration. PLEASE MEET AT THE BARN ON THE ENTRANCE CLOSEST TO THE HOUSE
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware, and any anchor building equipment you may own). 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).
Advanced Sport Climbing with Dan Mirsky, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
This clinic is suited for the climber who already is leading comfortably on bolts and is looking to tackle the next grade through technique and strategy. You will learn skills from a professional climber to improve your sport climbing technique on more difficult climbs and in more complex situations. Footwork, technique and mid climb resting to recuperate on longer pumpier routes will be some of the topics of discussion.
SKILL LEVEL: Previous experience lead climbing outside: best suited for a 5.10 & above skill level
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!
ART OF THE PROJECT with Ben Rueck, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
Art of the Project is a clinic for all levels of rock climbers designed to help them pursue harder routes. 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 The 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 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.
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 farm lands of Western Colorado, rock climbing was the furthest thing from his mind. At the age of 17 Ben was introduced to climbing and his life hasn’t been the same since. Ben’s climbing career has taken him all over the word, from Africa to Brazil. He has overcome his fear of heights and challenged his mind to become one of the best climbers the world has seen putting up FA boulder problems ranging to V12 to 5.14 sport routes.
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.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Bring your GriGri if you have one, plus 4’ nylon sling or cordellette, prussic loop, 2 or 3 locking carabiners.
TRAD IS RAD…FOR EVERYBODY with Wade Spiner, presented by Adidas and 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. Rumney has some great hidden areas to learn to place gear!
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: Ropes and Trad Racks will be helpful but not required.
LET’S CLIMB! AN INTRO TO CLIMBING with Becky Switzer presented by Mystery Ranch
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
About Becky: Becky, grew up playing all the sports, sometimes going from one practice to the next on a school night. Many times I was the only girl on the team.Eventually she found herself in Bozeman and while dabbling in many outdoor activities, nothing fulfilled her like climbing. “I enjoy climbing for the same reason most people enjoy climbing—the strength and precision it demands, the problem solving component, the lifelong friends you develop very quickly due to the amount of trust involved. For these reasons, I can comfortably call climbing my passion and obsession, and I’m completely at ease with this relationship”.
GYM TO CRAG 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 great outdoors. Skills covered in this clinic will be an introduction into top rope anchors, building anchors, knots and hitches, belaying and lowering and rappelling.
PREREQUISITES: This clinic is appropriate for any climber at any phase in their climbing. 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.
(SOULD 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.
WOMEN’S INTRO TO SPORT CLIMBING with Colette McInerney, presented by Black Diamond
At this lead climbing clinic, we will teach the knowledge and skills required to lead sport climbing routes. We will begin our day with a thorough introduction to lead climbing before we begin climbing. In a full hour of on the ground instruction we will cover aspects like gear, safety, clipping, rope management, etc. At the crag we will set up top-ropes on routes from 5.7-5.10 and provide everyone the opportunity to mock-lead a climb. This allows each climber the opportunity to practice clipping the quickdraws and managing the rope from the security of a top rope. This clinic is limited to those who identify as female. Our goal is to create and hold a safe and welcoming learning environment.
PREREQUISITES: Some climbing experience
TOP ROPE, BELAY, & ANCHOR SYSTEMS with Jesse Huey, presented by Arc’teryx
There is a lot of complicated information out there about anchor systems. Learn to spot the good from the bad and see what is important in your system. In this clinic, you will learn basic anchors system, what really matters in building anchors and keeping a team secure on climbs. Content will include basic top rope setup, basic sport climbing anchors, protecting the climber, protecting fixed anchors, anchoring the team to the wall and loads on the anchor.
PREREQUISITES: Some climbing experience
ADVANCED SELF-RESCUE TECHNIQUES
Climbing remote routes in the mountains or on big walls can and (eventually) will lead to some dicey situations. Learn the strategies and techniques of self-rescue so that when the shit hits the fan you can react appropriately and efficiently and get down safely. This clinic will teach you the skills to turn the complex problem of self-rescue into a manageable task. You will learn how to escape the belay, tandem rappel, create improvised ascending and rappelling systems, and make the right decision when there are 'no good options'.
PREREQUISITES: This clinic has value for any climber at any phase in their climbing but participants are strongly encouraged to 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: ATC Guide or Petzl Reverso Belay Device, a personal prussic (1.5 meter x 7mm), a longer cordelette (5 meter x 7mm), double length sling (120cm), all personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, chalk, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, appropriate climbing wear.
WILDERNESS FIRST AID AND WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER RE-CERT*
DATES: Thursday, Sep 26 - Friday Sep 27, COURSE FEE = $175
This 16 hour highly interactive course gives you the skills to perform and document a bomber patient exam, learn treatment and prevention of medical and trauma related problems in climbing environments. Expect lots of fun, laughs, practice, and learning. This course will re-certify you as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or certify you with Wilderness First Aid (WFA). See the course schedule HERE.
*Weekend Pass NOT included and NOT necessary to attend this course. Weekend Pass must be purchased in order to attend all other Craggin' Classic festivities.
Join us at the Event and Camping grounds, located at 415 Buffalo Rd, Rumney, NH 03266.
Camping is NOT included unless you purchases a Weekend Camping Pass. Camping Passes must be purchased in advance of the event in order to stay overnight at the festival grounds.
Parking at the Rattlesnake Campground is included only for those who purchase a Camping Pass.
We all care about the outdoors and are looking to decrease our impact on the campground. Please make an effort to carpool to reduce our impact! Show up in a car with 4 or more Craggin’ attendees and you’ll be rewarded with some extra raffle tickets. Plan to leave your car at the grounds while out climbing. The cliffs are located directly across the street!
Friday dinner is not included, but we will have vendors onsite with tasty food available for purchase. Saturday’s dinner and Sunday’s breakfast are included with your Weekend Pass! All other grub food is on you to provide. Potable water will be available at the barn.
Please bring a yoga matt if you plan to do yoga!
Dogs are welcomed but strongly 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!
We would love your help to make this event a success! If you would like to volunteer to help with setup the day before, parking and check-in the day of, and/or clean up and breakdown the day after, we'll have something special to offer you in thanks! Please contact Event Coordinator Jennifer Brine at [email protected]
ADDITIONAL LODGING OPTIONS:
The Notch Hostel
324 Lost River Rd, North Woodstock, NH 03262
Whether you're hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, or kayaking, make the Notch Hostel your White Mountains basecamp.
The Little House Inn and Hostel
404 Main Street, Rumney, NH 03266
If you would like to stay at a quaint little Airbnb situated very close the the crag check out The Little House Inn and Hostel.
Pine Haven Campground
Pinehaven Campground Rd, Wentworth, NH 03282
If you are looking for a campground with 3000 feet of river front,age this is the place for you. This is a great option. Although, there will be other seasonal campers about, the campground is large and has plenty of space for you!
Mountain Pines Campground
2759 NH-25, Rumney, NH 03266
This is not a dog friendly campground but don’t worry. This campground is situated along the lazy river and it is very climber friendly. They have plenty of sites and no reservations needed! If free WiFi and a hot shower sound good, then head on over here.
River Brook RV Camping and Resorts
1120 Rumney Route 25, Rumney, NH 03266
This is not a residential campground so you won’t find your seasonal campers here. They do have great views and are situated close to the main road with lots of amenities.
Baker River Campground
56 Campground Road, Rumney, NH 03266
Looking to explore a beautiful camping area? Call Baker River Campground for reservations. They boast themselves as a climber friendly campground, free hot showers, and even cell phone coverage in most areas.
Backwoods Family Campground
470 Rumney Route 25, Rumney, NH 03266
If you are looking for a campsite you can easily book online then check out Backwoods Family Campground. Contrary to the name, the website boasts a very progressive approach to camping reservations.
Plymouth Sands Camping Area
3 Quincy Road, Plymouth NH 03264
A quaint campground situated on the Baker River with a nearly half mile beach, This is a family owned campground and great place to stay for the weekend!
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If you have any questions regarding the Rumney Craggin' Classic, please contact Event Coordinator Jennifer Brine at [email protected]