RUMNEY CRAGGIN' CLASSIC
October 5-7, 2018
It's time for a true New England style throw down!
This October 5th to 7th, The American Alpine Club is stoked to team up with CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment to bring you the first annual Rumney Craggin’ Classic!
The newest addition to our Craggin’ Classic series, this grassroots festival includes engaging clinics led by professional climbers and guides. Clinic topics range from mentorship on your gym-to-crag transition to advice on going lighter and faster in the alpine, but all share a focus on meeting you where you are and taking your climbing to the next level.
The East coast has been waiting for an event like this! We’re proud to offer a lineup of opportunities for all climbers. Get ready to dance all night, enjoy free beer, snag swag at gear giveaways, watch epic films, and make your corner of the earth a little better by participating in a crag stewardship project. What makes these events truly exceptional is the community of passionate and friendly folks who show up to celebrate our shared vertical pursuits. And we want to welcome you to the party!
Whether you’re new to clipping bolts or have been projecting routes for decades, we want to welcome you to this gathering of the climbing community in true AAC style. So mark your calendars, snag your tickets, and map your route to the AAC's new Rattlesnake Campground for a weekend to remember.
This Craggin’ Classic has limited space and will sell out, so get your tickets now!
GENERAL WEEKEND PASS: $40
Includes: Event entrance Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Your general weekend pass includes entrance to all entertainment; Swag bag with goodies like an AAC trucker hat and Klean Kanteen pint; Beer for those 21+; VIP access to vendor village; gear demos; and of course a local live band! Weekend pass does not include clinics, parking, food or camping. See below for more details.
SATURDAY DINNER: $10
Who's hungry? Join us for dinner served up by an awesome local company Saturday night! Munch on some locally sourced grub so you don’t miss the fun Saturday evening. Food Pass must be purchased in advance of event.
WEEKEND CAMPING PASS: $10
Try out our new Rattlesnake Campground and be one of the lucky folks with a sweet place to crash! Space is limited and camping passes are sure to sell out. The camping pass is per/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
Looking to build you skills? Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by professional climbing athletes and local guides. All clinics run Saturday October 6th from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. See below for clinic descriptions and details.
*Current AAC members will receive a 10% discount upon registration checkout.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th
- 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Participant Check-In at Rumney Rattlesnake Campground Entrance
Participants must check in at 415 Buffalo Rd, Rumney, NH 03266
- 4:00 PM: Vendor Village Sneak Peek
Get a taste of the fun to come as you peruse the vendor village.
- 6:00 PM: Weekend Kickoff Party, opening ceremony, raffle, games and evening entertainment!
The official kick off to the 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.
- 9:00 - 10:00 PM: Adventure Film Festival
Adventure Films is dedicated to World Class Films, Filmmakers, Adventure, and the Environment. Every year the international Adventure Film selection committee chooses just thirty new films out of hundreds of entries from around the world. We are honored to show a lineup of some of the best films, hand selected for NE.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th
- 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Power Flow Yoga with Jennifer Morris, powered by Yoga Studio8
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!
- 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! Climbers of all abilities are welcome - although basic climbing knowledge and proficiency is expected. 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.
- 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Vendor Village
Curious what the outdoor industry has been up to? Do you have a favorite company? Do you love seeing new gear or chatting with the pros and reps and learning more about what they have been up to? Come check out our village of rad vendors and see what's hot off the press!
- 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM: In the field and under the tent.. what event will you choose?
Choose your own adventure! We will have climbing yard games, prizes, slacklining, and more for you to enjoy while hanging with all your new friends, winding down from the day of climbing, and winding UP for the party! Word on the street is there are some awesome contests and prizes, so bring your game face.
- 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).
- 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Grub and Bubs
Let’s tap the keg and sip some bubbly goodness together! We welcome a great selection of local beers representing the East Coast and beyond. If you purchased a food pass for Saturday night then plan to grab your tasty local grub at this time. You must purchase a food pass in advance to grab dinner, but beer is for all to enjoy!
- 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Super Top Secret Athlete Presentation
We love building the suspense—so be sure to check back for the grand unveiling of our super top secret athlete who will wow and thrill you with tales of their climbing adventures!
- 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM: LIVE Music and Dancing
Get your dancing shoes on and turn up the party because it’s time to enjoy LIVE music, shenanigans, s’mores, fire pits and more. Whether you will be showing us your best moves on the dance floor or chilling by the fire you are sure to have a rocking good time!
- 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM: Giant Bonfire
What's better than a bonfire? A GIANT ONE! Get your s'more sticks, campfire stories and friends ready for a giant bonfire in the back field. The fire will burn as the band slows down. For those night owls we can enjoy the fire but keep it quiet after 10:30 pm for the neighbors.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7th
- 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Power Flow Yoga with Jennifer Morris, powered by Yoga Studio8
Did you miss yoga Saturday?... or love the class so much you want more! Join us for 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.
- 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Stewardship and Volunteer Breakfast
If you signed up for the steward project let us fill your bellies before you head out for some work.
- 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Stewardship Project with the RCA
It is our turn to give back. We've partnered with The Rumney Climbers Association (RCA), 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.
Participate in a trail maintenance day at Rumney’s newly acquired Final Frontier. Volunteer efforts will be led by the Rumney first ascensionists Chris and Ward Smith and Mark Sprague, members of the legendary Team Tough crew, plus Rumney Climbers’ Association board members.
Volunteers will be provided with a free breakfast, and then they’ll get to work on Rumney’s climbing trails. 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 as the first 15 people to sign up online AND show up Sunday morning get a gift from Klean Kanteen!
- 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 your nursing a hangover take in the beautiful air and muster up a little energy to help us pick up, so we can all enjoy the rest of the day too!
Clinics are taught by professional athletes and local guides. Clinics are $70; AAC Members get 10% off. All clinics run Saturday October 6th from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 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.
- ART OF THE PROJECT with Dan Mirsky, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
The 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 Dan Mirsky 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
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware, and any anchor building equipment). 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).
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!
- KNOW 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 fundamental skills in 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 participate 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, bug spray, 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 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 (2X 5mm nylon prussic loops or Sterling Hollowblocks, 2X 48" slings, 2X 7mm nylon cordelette, 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, bug spray, camera, note taking tools, etc. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors).
- LET’S CLIMB! an Introduction to Climbing with Cody Scarpella, presented by Scarpa
An introduction to climbing. 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 great personality and a thirst for adventure.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Bring any climbing gear your own. The necessary safety equipment will be provided for anyone in need.
About Cody: Most of my life has been spent dreaming about or committing to a physical challenge of some sort. My favorite daydreams have always been those that are set in the mountains. It was not until I found climbing however that I had a direction ... a true passion worth fashioning a life around. I was nineteen and living in Central Oregon when climbing took over my life. Early on I was lucky enough to find mentors that helped teach me the value in travel and a good adventure. Now I live with my girlfriend in Denver, Colorado and run a small cabinet shop to pay the bills. My passions remain the same and my daydreams have only grown grander. I look forward to being an old man with lots of stories to tell my listeners and my favorite stories are those of travel and adventure.
- ADVANCED SPORT CLIMBING SKILLS
Do you lead climb sport routes? Awesome! Join this clinic to refine your current skills and learn a few new techniques to apply to your red points. Some topics we may cover: efficient stick clipping, "doggin" a route, better boinking, red point strategies.
PREREQUISITES: Previous experience lead climbing outside
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Standard sport climbing gear, stick clip, rope
- GYM TO CRAG CLINIC, 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 outdoors. The 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.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware). 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).
***STAY TUNED MORE CLINICS WILL BE UNVEILED SOON!***
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. CAMPERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO STAY OVERNIGHT OR PARK ON THE FACILITIES IF A PASS HAS NOT BEEN PURCHASED.
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! There will be incentives of raffle tickets for those who show up in a car with 4 or more who have purchased the weekend camping passes. Plan to leave your car at the grounds while out climbing. The cliffs are located directly across the street!
We are offering some extra bear tickets for whoever can show up with the most ridiculous number of chairs at the event. We all want a seat so bring some for you and friends! If you have extra chairs bring those too! If you bring the most ridiculous number of chairs then plan to win some beer tickets!
Food is not included Friday night. Saturday’s dinner is included ONLY with purchase of the Saturday Dinner Pass. The Pass must be purchased in advance. All other grub food is on you to provide. Portable water will be available at the campsite.
The Common Cafe and Tavern, Plain Jane's Diner, Rumney Rocks Bistro, The Last Chair, Georges Seafood & BBQ, Fugaky.
*It is a holiday weekend and the area will be busy. It is also the last camping weekend for most, so be prepared for busy restaurants or bring food to grill up on the open fire.
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 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]