October 20-22, 2017

Head on down to the best limestone sport cragging Colorado has to offer, and with the support of the American Alpine Club and CAMP USA, be treated to a weekend of clinics, contests, beer, giveaways, stewardship and fun!

Last year’s event was a blast, complete with a Costume Contest, film showings, great slideshows, and great parties. For 2017, from October 20th to 22nd, come enjoy more of the same awesome entertainment, great clinics taught by professional athletes and local mountain guides, local food and beer, and a crag stewardship project on Sunday morning. Spend time with friends, drink lots of free beer, eat tons of great food from local food vendors and businesses, win top end gear at our raffles and silent auctions, get some free swag, do some fabulous bolt clipping in the sun, and of course, to give back to your crag!


*Registration is currently closed, but will open on 8/21/17. Tickets are limited 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 Camping & Event entrance Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including access to all entertainment (some limited seating may apply); AAC trucker hat and event cup; beer for those 21+; and a Sunday volunteer breakfast. Event ticket price does not include clinics or additional food.

Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by professional climbing athletes and local guides. All clinics run Saturday, October 21st from 9:00am to 4:00pm. See below for clinic descriptions and details.

Being hungry sucks and why bother cooking? For $20 enjoy dinner on Friday, a food truck meal on Saturday night, and Early Bird breakfast Sunday morning.

*All current AAC members will receive a 10% discount upon checkout. Membership will be verified.



  • 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Participant Arrival and Registration
    Located at Vendor Village area, at the base of The Bank road (Corrals area).
  • 7:30 PM: Weekend Kick-Off Party & Evening Entertainment (film or slideshow TBD).
    Location: Vendor Village area under the big tent. Enjoy food and beer from local Canon City businesses at heavily discounted prices!


  • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Climbing Clinics with Pros and Local Guides
    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 fill out a clinic specific waiver. See below for clinic descriptions and details.
  • 4:00 PM: Dirtbag Climber Throwdown Extravaganza Party
    Gather the tribe and howl at the moon! Enjoy our Beer Garden with local brews, Food Trucks, Vendor Village, Silent Auction and raffle, climbing games, and general Shenanigans at Vendor Village area! It's the climber party to end all climber parties. Light the fires. Dress up. Drink beers. Act weird.
  • 7:00 PM: Slideshow Presentations
    Join us under the big tent for a very special TBA slideshow presentation. More details coming soon..
  • 9:00 PM: Nighttime Shenanigans (a.k.a. the Party Continues!)
    Keep on keepin' on as we continue the party into the wee hours with shenanigans including a slackline rodeo, fire rings, and the third annual Halloween Costume Contest! Strut your stuff to warm up for the holiday!


  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Volunteer Breakfast
    Join us for free coffee and an early Bird breakfast at the tent! 
  • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Stewardship Project hosted by the Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance
    Give back to Shelf! The Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance is leading a local stewardship and conservation project targeting high-use areas at Shelf Road. Registration required, and registration opportunities will be available at the PPCA booth at Vendor Village all weekend long! Get involved. Give!


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 Shelf Road Craggin’ Classic will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 9:00am to 4:00pm, weather permitting. Please show up 15-20 minutes early at the white tent. Clinics will begin promptly at 9:00am.

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.

    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
  • 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."

  • 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).


Walk-in camping is included with your event ticket and is located at the base of The Bank road in a large flat area that includes cactus and other desert plants. There is plenty of tent space, however, please consider wearing close-toed shoes, bring a ground cover, and be mindful of freely wandering dogs/children/etc. 

Off-site camping is first come, first served at nearby Sand Gulch CG and The Bank CG ($7). Additionally, there are lodging options including hotels and a KOA campground in nearby Canon City.

There will be a designated area for van/vehicle camping, however, space is limited. If you have the choice, plan to tent camp.

Food trucks will be available on both Friday and Saturday night. Unless you purchase a Weekend Food Pass ($20) when you register, food is not included. Please come prepared to cook meals on your own or purchase a food truck meal separately. Potable water will be available.

    From the North: Take I-25 South through Colorado Springs, to the Tejon/Nevada exit for Highway 115. Go straight through the stoplight (Tejon St) and turn right at the second light, Nevada Ave, which is the same as Highway 115. Follow 115 south to the town of Penrose, about 30 miles. Just south of Penrose is the junction with Highway 50- take this West toward Canon City, another 6 miles. 

    Once you come into Canon City, look for the Wal-Mart on your right. Turn right (north) at Dozier Ave, just after the Wal-Mart. Dozier winds around to the west and changes names to Central Ave. At the first stop sign, turn right (north) onto Field Ave, also called Co Rd 9 or Shelf Rd on various maps. Field heads north for another 9 miles. Just before the pavement ends, you’ll see a brown sign marked Sand Gulch, and another one marked The Bank, both with turns to the left. Take the second left toward The Bank, and look for Craggin Classic signs and/or volunteers! 

    From the South: Take I-25 North to Highway 50 toward Canon City, and follow the above directions from there.


    • There may be limited or no cell service at Shelf depending on your carrier.
    • NO FIRES are allowed at the free camping area- only at the designated campground sites and the fire ring on Saturday night near the main tent. Cooking stoves are ok.
    • Shelf Road is a high desert climate- temperatures can be near freezing at night this time of year, but warm during the day. Please plan and pack accordingly.
    • Dogs are discouraged at Shelf, but not forbidden. The BLM requires that all dogs are leashed at all times.
    • There are pit toilets at each of the campgrounds, and both porta pottys and trash/recycling receptacles will be on site.
    • We encourage you to carpool to save the environment and limited parking space!!!

    Questions ?
    If you have any questions regarding the Shelf Road Craggin' Classic, please Event Coordinator Jes Meiris at [email protected] or (503) 781-8906

    The 2017 Shelf Road Craggin' Classic is presented by:

    Banner photo: AAC member Michael Lim