SMITH ROCK CRAGGIN' CLASSIC

SEPTEMBER 14-16, 2018

Ah, homecomings. Is there anything more sweet? The American Alpine Club, CAMP USA, and Redpoint Climbers Supply are proud to announce the return of the Craggin' Classic Series to Smith Rock!

Home, sweet home, at last.

Back in Oregon at historic Smith Rock State Park this September 14th to 16th, the 2018 event will feature films, slideshows, clinics, parties, community and local stewardship and conservation projects all in celebration of the Pacific Northwest's climbing and climbers!

With a full lineup of climbing clinics taught by professional athletes and local guides from Chockstone Climbing Guides, there's no way you won't enhance your game. And Silver Moon Brewing Co. is back as our beer sponsor, offering a weekend full of free brews! Silent auctions and raffles with incredible deals on top-end gear and both Saturday and Sunday FREE BREAKFASTS provided by Solid Rock Climbers for Christ, and trail work with the Smith Rock Group, the Mazamas, and Oregon State Parks. This is seriously a weekend not to be missed! Seriously. 

Oh yeah, and our event venue puts camping, parking, partying, and climbing--though not necessarily in that order--all within close walking distance to the Park! So, carpool on out to Smith, throw some high-fives, do some climbing, drink and eat up, meet some new friends, feel warm and fuzzy. (In that order.)


REGISTRATION:

**Please check back regularly for updates. Registration details are subject to change until registration opens on July 17th.

GENERAL WEEKEND PASS: $40
Includes: Event entrance Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including access to all entertainment; On-site camping Friday and Saturday nights; Free Swag Bag including an AAC trucker hat and event cup; beer for those 21+; and breakfast from our good friends at Solid Rock Climbers for Christ. Event ticket price does not include clinics, dinners or parking. See below for more details.

PARKING PASS: $5
Don't be mad. Space is a little limited for car and carpooling is better for the environment. Parking passes are an extra $5 per vehicle and may be purchased during registration. Only 160 parking passes are available so help us out and carpool! Meet up with other carpoolers, or offer up a ride to others, here. (need to update this link for 2018)

(Smith Rock / National Park Parking Passes can't be used for this event, but your $5 Parking Pass for the Craggin' Classic is good for the whole weekend. Park your car and leave it for 3 days! Well worth it.)

CLINIC REGISTRATION: $70
Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by professional climbing athletes and local guides from Chockstone Climbing Guides. All clinics run Saturday, September 16th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. See below for clinic descriptions and details.

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


EVENT SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th

  • 3:00 - 11:00 PM: Participant Check-In at Redpoint Climbers Supply
    Participants must check in at Redpoint Climbers Supply, located at 8222 N Hwy 97 Ste 101 Terrebonne, OR.

    **Only check-in takes place at Redpoint. All event activities, camping, beer, vendors, etc. occur at: 9025 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne, OR. 
     
  • 7:30 PM: Entertainment TBA

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th

 

  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Climbing Clinics with the Pros, hosted by Chockstone Climbing 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 at Chockstone 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.

 

  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Free Breakfast with Solid Rock Climbers for Christ
    Nourish your body before a big day of sending in the Park!
     
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Climbing Clinics with the Pros, hosted by Chockstone Climbing 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 at Chockstone 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, at the
    Smith Rock State Park yurt on Smith Rock Loop. See below for clinic descriptions and details.
     
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Jeremy Collins FREE Walk & Draw Clinic (Morning Session)
  • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Jeremy Collins FREE Walk & Draw Clinic (Afternoon Session)
    Join the Meridian Line owner, climber, author, filmmaker and inexhaustible artist Jeremy Collins to draw riverside. In this free clinic, offered in both the morning and afternoon, Jeremy will share his philosophy of on-location art creation and offer open discussion for the professional, casual or recreational artist. Bring your own art supplies.
    • Morning Session: Meet at the Smith Rock yurt, 9:00am sharp

    • Afternoon Session: Meet at the bottom of the main Smith Rock trail, by the water fountain, 12:30pm sharp

    • About Jeremy: As an illustrator, story teller, film director, and exploratory rock climber, Jeremy Collins' repertoire is vast. His illustrative art has been featured in more than 150 climbing magazines and in numerous how-to books. He has helped raise thousands of dollars for various causes and non-profits including pediatric brain cancer research, The Access Fund, American Alpine Club, Habitat For Humanity, Causecentric andwater.org. He is an award-winning filmmaker, and, on the rock, Jeremy has pioneered more than 300 new routes in the United States and established notable first ascents in Argentina, Venezuela, Canada, and China. Jeremy's clinic is presented by Keen.

  • 4:00 PM: Pre-Party Yoga Session with Olivia Hsu
    Wind down your day of climbing with some stretching and relaxing before revving it back up for the Smith Rock Social! Limber up, friends! Taught by Sterling Rope athelte Olivia Hsu.

    About Olivia: First a world-class climber and then a yogi, Olivia Hsu began yoga as part of her curiosity with the art of movement and has maintained a dedicated practice ever since. She underwent in-depth studies of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition through a traditional apprenticeship several years, and continued her studies with Richard Freeman after moving to Boulder, CO in 2006. Her teachings draw from the knowledge of her own experience as a teacher and as a practitioner, making yoga both accessible and non-intimidating to her students. Olivia’s interest lies in cultivating mindfulness that flows from a focused and continuous asana practice. Her teaching style comprises intuitive hands-on adjustments, energetic alignment, and awakening the internal awareness to the self. Olivia feels blessed for her  many wonderful teachers and hopes to cultivate a similar appreciation of yoga for her students.

  • 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Climber Celebration Party with Silver Moon Brewing Co.
    Pour the beers, friend! Join us for a Climber Celebration Party that ain't to be missed. Featuring (free!) local beer from Silver Moon Brewing Co., local food trucks slinging the tastiest of the tasty, free swag and gear handouts, a silent auction and raffle featuring amazing deals on top end gear, games, music, and vendor village. Additionally, Bend Rock Gym will host a special slew of games including Smith Rock Sumo, Rack & Pack Comp, and other crazy shenanigans. Grab a brewski and howl at the moon!
  • 4:00 - 8:30 PM: Silent Auction - Open Bidding! 
    Help support American Alpine Club's grant programs, educational opportunities, climbing library, conservation efforts and events like the Craggin' Classic by bidding on one or more of over 60 auction items with starting bids as low as $45! Cash or credit / debit.(You have to be present for your winning bid to apply).

  • 8:30 - 10:00 PM: RAFFLE
    We have some amazing prizes available in our raffle this year, so help support American Alpine Club by purchasing raffle tickets on site - 1 @ $2, 3 @ $5 or 10 for $10. Cash or credit / debit. (You have to be present to win.) 

  • 10:00 PM: Quiet Time
    Gotta respect the neighbors if we want to keep hosting this Smith Rock event!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th

  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Simple Sunrise Yoga with Redpoint Climbers Supply
    Start your day phenomenally with our gentle morning practice of sun salutations (warm-ups), pranayama (breathing exercises), asana (yoga postures), and relaxation. Through grounding, centering, and cultivating introspection, this simple daily practice will expand your body and mind to help you find greater peace throughout the day. This class is a gentle introduction to yoga and is welcoming to yogis of all levels.
  • 8:00 AM: Free Breakfast with Solid Rock Climbers for Christ
    Rally the crew in the morning for a free breakfast hosted by our friends at Solid Rock Climbers for Christ, before heading out for stewardship efforts in the park.  Also enjoy local coffee provided by Redpoint Climbers Supply!

  • 9:00 AM: Stewardship Project at Smith Rock State Park
    We have some amazing prizes available in our raffle this year, so help support American Alpine Club by purchasing raffle tickets on site - 1 @ $2, 3 @ $5 or 10 for $10. Cash or credit / debit. (You have to be present to win.) ·    With your belly full, sign up for a half-day of givin' back to the well-being of Smith Rock, our renowned climbing destination. Hosted by the Smith Rock Group, the Mazamas, and Oregon State Parks. Please meet at the Smith Rock Yurt on Smith Rock Loop.


CLINIC OFFERINGS:

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 from Chockstone Climbing Guides! Climbers of all abilities are welcome, though basic climbing knowledge and proficiency is expected.

Clinics for the Smith Rock Craggin’ Classic will be held on Saturday, September 16th from 9:00am to 3:00pm, weather permitting. Arrive 15-20 minutes early at the Smith Rock Yurt on Smith Rock Loop, prepared to learn from the best. 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.

  • EFFICIENT MULTI-PITCHING with Tommy Caldwell, presented by EDELRID
    Frustrated with taking too much time on long multi-pitch routes? Saving just a few minutes on each task along the way can mean the difference between an unplanned night on the rock, getting caught in bad weather, or simply getting back to camp to get a good nights sleep. Increasing your speed and efficiency will allow for a whole new world of longer, more challenging climbs! Don’t miss spending the day with Tommy Caldwell to glean his depth of experience, knowledge, skill and amazing teaching abilities in exploring techniques in multi-pitch efficiency.
    • PREREQUISITES: Trad Leading & Belaying.

    • About Tommy: Tommy Caldwell has established some of the hardest routes in the country and free climbed 12 routes on El Capitan in Yosemite. He believes difficult journeys, with little chance for success, teach him the most. This attitude is no better exemplified than by his by his first free ascent of Dawn Wall in January of 2015, and his first ascent of the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia in February of 2014. He has just released a memoir, “The Push,” and has been touring it around the country.

  • HUGE DAYS WITH A LIGHT RACK presented by CAMP USA
    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
  • ADVANCED SPORT LEAD
    This clinic is suited for the climber who already is leading comfortably on bolts and is looking to improve their technique to climb at the next grade. You will learn skills from professional climber Jonathan Siegrist to improve your sport climbing technique on more difficult climbs and in more complex situations. Foot work, technique and mid climb resting to recuperate on longer pumpier routes will be some of the topics of discussion. This clinic is a part of the Arc'Teryx Climbing Academy.

    • PREREQUISITES: Comfortable lead climbing and belaying.

  • INTRO TO SPORT CLIMBING w/ She Moves Mountains (women only)
    At the 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.

    • PREREQUISITES: Some climbing experience

  • 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).


ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

EVENT HEADQUARTERS & ON-SITE CAMPING:
Join us at the Event and Camping grounds, located at 9025 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne, OR. All camping is included in your General Weekend Pass ticket.

PARKING:
Parking passes may be purchased during registration for $5 per vehicle, however we are only issuing 160 total parking passes.. so carpooling is encouraged (and appreciated)! Smith Rock / National Park Parking Passes can't be used for this event, but your $5 Parking Pass for the Craggin' Classic is good for the whole weekend. Park your car and leave it for 3 days! Well worth it. Meet up with other carpoolers, or offer up a ride to others, here.

CHAIRS:
Bring them. Got extras? Bring those, too. Extra beers for he or she with the most ridiculous number of chairs brought! (Put your name on them!)

FOOD:
Saturday and Sunday breakfasts are included in your General Weekend Pass ticket. All other grubbing is on you to provide. Potable water will be available at the camp site.

VOLUNTEERS:
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 Sarah Wolfe at [email protected].


Questions ?
If you have any questions regarding the Smith Rock Craggin' Classic, please contact Event Coordinator Sarah Wolfe at [email protected]


Photos: AAC member Truc Allen Media