SHELF ROAD CRAGGIN' CLASSIC

October 18-20, 2019

**2019 event info and schedule coming soon!

Bringing you the finest dirtbagging-grassroots-climber-gathering in Southern Colorado!

This October 18-20, head on down to the best limestone sport cragging Colorado has to offer, and with the American Alpine Club and CAMP USA, and be treated to a weekend of climbing, community, clinics, contests, beer, slideshows, films, giveaways, stewardship and fun.

For 2019 we have an incredible weekend in store: up your game with stellar clinics taught by professional climbers and local mountain guides, presented in part by Pikes Peak Alpine School; local food and Soulcraft beer will abound; and a crag stewardship project on Sunday morning will give you a quick opportunity to roll up your sleeves and give back to help keep our climbing areas clean and well maintained.

New this year, is a Horseshoe Hell-style competition at the cliffs on Saturday sponsored by City Rock Climbing Center, live music, DJ and dancing, and local food trucks. Spend time with friends, drink lots of free beer, win top end gear at our raffles and silent auctions, do some fabulous bolt clipping in the sun, and give some love to your crag, that’s the Shelf Road Craggin’ Classic in a nutshell.


REGISTRATION:

**Registration opens August 20. Information and prices are subject to change until then.

GENERAL WEEKEND PASS: $35
Includes: Event Camping & Event entrance Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including access to all entertainment (some limited seating may apply); AAC trucker hat and artsy Klean Kanteen pint cup; beer for those 21+. Event ticket price does not include clinics, competition, or food.

WEEKEND FOOD PASS: $30 ***
Being hungry sucks and why bother cooking? For $30 receive a ticket for dinner at event check-in and enjoy a food truck meal on Friday and Saturday nights. VORE food truck is confirmed for both nights, and one other truck will be available each night for some variety (Fiesta Grill for Friday and Bison Brothers for Saturday). Plus… Gold Star Pies as a bonus on Friday! Yes, you get a slice of delicious pie, too! Food trucks may have a limited menu from what’s on the website.

***NOTE: If you do not get a food pass, you WILL NOT be able to purchase a food truck meal. Our event permit does NOT allow the food trucks to sell food to participants outside of the Weekend Food Pass!!! ***

CLINIC REGISTRATION: $70
Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by professional climbing athletes and local guides. All clinics run Saturday, October 20th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. See below for clinic descriptions and details.

CLIMBING COMPETITION: $60 per team
New this year, CityROCK in Colorado Springs and theCrag.com are hosting a friendly climbing competition on the glorious limestone cliffs! Grab a partner (no singles or teams of 3) and join in on the fun. All proceeds go toward the American Alpine Club. This is a twelve-hour, lead-only redpoint competition concentrated in the Gallery/Sand Gulch area on a variety of designated grades, all happening on Saturday, October 20 from 7am-7pm. Rack up some draws and a few thousand points while supporting your Club. Cost is only $60 per team. Space is limited. Details and rules to follow for registered participants. There will be great prizes in a variety of categories, including best climbing costume! Registration for the comp will be available at the event.

CRAGGIN' WAGON: $20
All aboard the Craggin' Wagon! Meet us at the Golden or Englewood Earth Treks for a ride to the Shelf Road Craggin' Classic. The $20 fare includes roundtrip travel, drinks, snacks, swag and some new friends before you even get to the event!  Registration for the bus is done separately from the Craggin' Classic.

 


SCHEDULE:

**2019 event info and schedule coming soon!

Friday, October 19

  • 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Participant Arrival and Registration
    Location: Vendor Village area, at the base of The Bank road (Corrals area).

  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Vibram Sole Factor Resoling Shoes
    Vibram Sole Factor will be onsite upgrading & resoling your shoes! Bring an extra pair of your approach shoes, hiking boots, Chacos, sandals or sneakers to the Sole Factor van & Vibram will resole your shoes for a donation fee of $25. All donations benefits The American Alpine Club. Sole Factor is first come first serve so try to get there early!

    •  Shoes we can resole: Approach shoes, hiking boots, trail running shoes, Chacos, sneakers, dress shoes, etc.

    • Shoes we can’t resole: anything w/ a stitched sole such as cowboy boots or anything that is too far gone!

  • 7:00 PM – Onward: Weekend Kickoff Party, Raffle, and Evening Entertainment
    Stop by Vendor Village for fun contests, drink great beer from Soulcraft Brewing in Salida, and win stuff! The purchase of raffle tickets helps to fund the Live Your Dream grant program, sending climbers like you all over the world! Buy tickets and win rad stuff!

  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Adventure Film Fest
    Adventure Film Fest 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 stoked to show a lineup of some of the best films, hand selected for the highest possible level of stoke!

  • 9:00 PM: Giveaways and Raffle

 

Saturday, October 20

  • 7:30 AM: Coffee at the Tent, presented by Alpine Start
    Grab some of the best coffee in town before heading out to climb. Have shoes that need to be resoled? Bring them to the Vibram Shoe Resole station at the Vendor Village! Just $25 per pair and all proceeds benefit AAC. First come, first serve.

  • 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. Clinics are organized based on experience level. Presented in part by Pikes Peak Alpine School.

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.

  • 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM: Climbing Comp!
    Climb for prizes at Sand Gulch and The Gallery! See registration details (above schedule) for more information. Rules will be emailed to registered participants.

  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Vibram Sole Factor Resoling Shoes
    Vibram Sole Factor will be onsite upgrading & resoling your shoes! Bring an extra pair of your approach shoes, hiking boots, Chacos, sandals or sneakers to the Sole Factor van & Vibram will resole your shoes for a donation fee of $25. All donations benefits The American Alpine Club. Sole Factor is first come first serve so try to get there early!

    •  Shoes we can resole: Approach shoes, hiking boots, trail running shoes, Chacos, sneakers, dress shoes, etc.

    • Shoes we can’t resole: anything w/ a stitched sole such as cowboy boots or anything that is too far gone!

  • 5:00 PM - Onward: Dirtbag Climber Throwdown Extravaganza Party
    Gather the crew and howl at the moon! Enjoy our Beer Garden with local brews, Vendor Village, Silent Auction and raffle, climbing games, and the fourth annual Costume Contest at Vendor Village area! It's the climber party to end all climber parties. Light the fires. Dress up. Drink beers. Act weird.

  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Open Mic Live Music and Games
    Got musical skills? Grab your instrument, head on stage, and wow your friends with your musical prowess.

  • 7:30 pm: Slackline Competition
    Come show off your balance to win prizes in this slackline comp presented by UberGrippen Climbing in Denver! FREE to compete.

  • 8:30 pm: Costume Contest
    The Fourth Annual Halloween Costume Contest! Strut your stuff to warm up for the holiday and win prizes!

  • 9:00 PM: Climbing Comp Awards
    Cheer on the winners of the first ever Shelf Craggin' Climbing Comp!

  • 9:30 PM: DJ and Dance Party
    The party continues including fire rings, s'mores, music and shenanigans.

 

Sunday, October 21

  • 7:30 AM: Coffee at the Tent, presented by Alpine Start
    Grab some of the best coffee in town before heading out to climb or for the Stewardship Project.

  • 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM: Stewardship Breakfast
    Coffee and Early Bird breakfast, sponsored by the Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance and Klean Kanteen, at the tent for registered stewardship project volunteers!

  • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Stewardship Project with 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 on the AAC website and at the PPCA booth at Vendor Village all weekend long! Get involved. Give!


CLINIC OFFERINGS:

**2019 Clinic List coming soon!

2018 clinics are presented in part by Pikes Peak Alpine School

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 20th 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.

Participant Equipment List: 
Personal climbing equipment: shoes, harness, chalk, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment. Additional anchor building/lead climbing gear is optional but recommended. Other equipment: hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, sun protection, rain jacket, note-taking supplies, appropriate climbing wear.


oTHER EVENT DETAILS:

CAMPING:
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 several lodging options including hotels and a KOA campground in nearby Canon City.

FOOD & WATER:

  • Food trucks will be available, with some vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. YOU MUST PURCHASE A WEEKEND FOOD PASS IF YOU WANT FOOD FROM THE TRUCKS-- NO EXCEPTIONS!! Our permit does not allow purchases directly from the food trucks. You must have a Weekend Food Pass.

  • There is no breakfast provided with the Food Pass, but hot water and coffee will be available each morning.

  • Potable water WILL be available and is provided by the 10th Mountain Alpine Group in cooperation with Klean Kanteen! Bringing extra is always wise.

OTHER QUICK NOTES:

  • 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 rings 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 STRONGLY DISCOURAGED at Shelf, but not forbidden. The BLM requires that all dogs are leashed at all times. There will likely be someone writing tickets to dog owners with off-leash dogs. You’ve been warned.

  • There are pit toilets at each of the campgrounds. Porta-pottys and trash/recycling receptacles will be on site at Vendor Village/free camping area.

  • We encourage you to carpool to save the environment and limited parking space!!!

  • CityROCK in Colorado Springs is making a chandelier out of old climbing gear. Donate your old gear to the CityROCK booth during the Craggin’ Classic, and be entered into a drawing for prizes!

DIRECTIONS:
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 at Dozier Ave, just after the Wal-Mart, then again at the roundabout, heading north. 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!  
** PLEASE NOTE: A mapping program may misdirect you. DO NOT drive Shelf Road proper in the vicinity of Cripple Creek. Go through Canon City following the above directions!!!!

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


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


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Banner photo: AAC member Michael Lim