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2015 Rocktoberfest Clip ‘n’ Go Climbing Comp Results

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Black Diamond Rocktoberfest Clip ‘n’ Go Climbing Comp!

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Team Beer:
1. Gerks
2. Daytonians

Team Bourbon:
1. Colombian People
2. Pickles!
3. Sea and Stone

Ladies Jalapeno:
1. Pickles!
2. Emmalee Orlett
3. Susie Semler

Gentlemen Jalapeno:
1. Robin Snader
2. Ben Murphy
3. James Campbell

Ladies Habanero:
1. Jillian Weller
2. Sarah Brengosz
3. Lena Moinova

Gentlemen Habanero:
1. John Chipouras
2. Ben Circello
3. Henry Robinson

Thank you to all our participants, to Ray and Michelle Ellington for the excellent route information and the new guidebook, and to everyone who has donated to help us pay off the MFRP!

Rocktoberfest 2015 Clinics

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Here are the clinics we’re offering at Rocktoberfest 2015! Pre-register at rrgcc.org/register to snag your spot!

 

  • Adv – Harder, Better, Faster – Dan Brayack
    This clinic will be an informative discussion about training using the methods developed by the Anderson brothers in their book, The Rock Climber’s Training Manual. The target audience for this is any intermediate to advanced climber who has been climbing for 2+ years (or considers themselves a very serious climber.) 1. Why train for climbing? 2. What training program is right for me? 3. What intensity is appropriate for my level of fitness? 4. What is Phased Training and How do I perform the following training exercises: a. Endurance (ARC Training) b. Hangboarding (Strength) c. Campusing (Power) d. 4x4s / LBC (Power Endurance) — Dan Brayack has been climbing and training for climbing for 16 years. Using the Rock Climber’s Training Manual, he has went from very seriously not climbing 5.12- to very seriously not climbing mid range 5.13. Dan has a blog that has been chronicling his training and his accomplishments at: http://brayackmedia.blogspot.com/ and http://blog.trango.com/.
  • Beg – Footwork and Technique – Nick Duttle
    Learn what it takes to achieve fluid movement to climb gracefully. Study the art of working with your feet effectively. Develop proper foot technique for slab climbing, edging, and crack climbing. — Nick has been climbing for 15 years, professionally for 11. He’s climbed to the top of the grade in sport and bouldering on all of America’s types of stone. He loves the Red River Gorge sandstone and its awesome climbing!
  • Beg – Learn to Lead – Andrew Gearing and Jen Sauer
    Tired of the rope snagging on your partner’s draws as you unclip while following him/her up a line? Take your climbing skills to the next level and learn how to lead sport routes! Time will also be dedicated to cleaning anchors. Andrew and Jen have sent some of the Red’s hardest lines – both trad and sport – and they’re psyched to help you get going on your mission to take the sharp end!
  • Beg/Int – Intro to Trad – Shingo Ohkawa
    Want to avoid the crowds at the Red on gorgeous Fall days? There are almost as many trad/mixed routes as sport routes here – learn to lead them! This course gives you the skills to start working through safely leading a traditional climb. — Shingo is a lifer, a prodigal dirt-bag … he is, however, completely obsessed with exploring the high places of the world; opening new routes in ranges near and far, from the Wasatch to the Karakoram. No place is too far, for the world’s still a big place and he’s got no time to lose!
  • Beg/Int – Multipitch Efficiency – Karsten Delap
    This is your chance to learn muti-pitch systems with a focus on equipment, route-finding, belaying, safety, and speed. Multi-pitch systems can be incredibly complex, and the best way to refine your skills is to examine each part of the system by itself. In this course, we will do just this: look at every element of your system and help you to make it better. On this course, we do not climb a multi-pitch route, but use a ground school to practice the specific systems required to climb a multi-pitch route effectively. Once you have completed this course, you will be able to take the skills learned in this setting and apply them to long multi-pitch climbs. — Karsten Delap has climbed many 17,000-foot peaks and has climbed all over the world for work and play. He spends the spring working in the High Sierra and the rest of the year traveling the world working for Fox Mountain Guides, heading up their alpine programs. He successfully completed the Rock Guide Program in 2009, becoming the Southeast’s second AMGA Certified Rock Guide. In 2013, he gained the AMGA Alpine Guide Certification and was the first guide in the Southeast to achieve this certification. He has gotten himself and his clients out of countless jams and mastered the art of multi-pitch, and is the perfect instructor to teach you how to embark on your upcoming multi-pitch adventures!
  • Int – Sport and Redpointing – TBD
    Climbing 5.9 and wanting to improve? This clinic will teach you how to move beyond the plateau. This course will explain the art of choosing a project, how to train for the project, how to safely catch a fall, and more!
  • Int – Warrior’s Way – Arno Ilgner and Madaleine Sorkin
    Madaleine Sorkin will be running this clinic on behalf of Outdoor Research and La Sportiva this year. Being effective in climbing requires us to understand the consequences of our decisions and actions. In climbing the main consequence is falling. By understanding how to fall we diminish the chance of injury and allow us to focus attention effectively on climbing. Target student: This clinic is not for beginners. You must have at least 6 months of continuous climbing experience and know the basics knots, belaying, and be able to climb 5.9 without falling/hanging. We’ll do some discussion but the clinic will consist mostly of falling exercises. Equipment Needed: Harness, shoes, belay device, helmet. Plus draws and a rope (if you have them). — Arno Ilgner distinguished himself as a pioneering rock climber in the 1970s and ‘80s, when the top climbs were bold and dangerous first ascents. These personal exploits are the foundation for Ilgner’s unique physical and mental training program–The Warrior’s Way®

Rocktoberfest 2015

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Rocktoberfest, the biggest yearly fundraiser for the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition, is back! As you may have seen on our home page, we’re working hard to raise the $36,000 we need for this year’s Miller Fork mortgage payment. After this year, we’ll be more than halfway done paying off the 5-year mortgage, which means more than halfway to owning over 1,000 acres of land for everyone to climb on. Pre-register for Rocktoberfest and let’s raise the rest of that $36,000 on Rocktoberfest weekend!

The event will take place October 9-11 at the Natural Bridge Campground (the same venue as the past few years) in Slade, KY and will feature a climbing competition at certain crags on the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve, a Friday night showing of the 2015 Reel Rock Tour, a Saturday night performance by the Flea Market Hustlers, crate stacking, booths of vendors showing off their wares, climbing skills clinics, and – as always – more!

Attendees are highly encouraged to pre-register. A number of options are available, allowing climbers to customize the event – and its price – to their needs.

Volunteers are also needed – they are what make the event a success year after year. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, and it’s a lot of fun! Volunteers get to to hang out with others in the community, making friends and new climbing connections while supporting the RRGCC (not to mention, they get in free the day they volunteer!)! Volunteers can register here. Make sure to sign-up early – prime slots fill up quickly!

 

A rough schedule of the main events is below – please keep an ear out throughout the event for announcements from our awesome MC: Kris Hampton of Power Company Climbing, and forgive us if things don’t run exactly on time:

Friday Evening:
6pm: Vendor booths open
7pm: Crate stackers start stacking (thank you, BlueWater and LaSportiva!)
8pm: Reel Rock 10

Saturday Morning:
9am: Yoga with Danielle Bartos ($5 donation to the RRGCC appreciated)
9am: Climbing Shoe Demo at Miguel’s (which brings us to…)
10am: MFRP Climbing Comp starts, and finishes at 5pm (thank you, Black Diamond!)

Saturday Evening:
6pm: Food trucks start trucking
8pm: Announcers start announcing: comp winners, raffle winners
9pm: Flea Market Husters start rocking the stage

Sunday Morning:
8am: Solid Rock Climbers for Christ Breakfast
10am: Clinics head out for the day

2014 Rocktoberfest Clip and Go Climbing Comp

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

2014 Rocktoberfest Clip and Go Climbing Competition @ the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve
Sponsored by Black Diamond (read: awesome prizes)

BD

Rules

1. Points = bolts clipped on redpoint x multiplier. (Try often. Only the highest score counts.)
2. Stick clipping 1st bolt is allowed, but you must climb to it free.
3. Trad routes’ points are all or nothing.
4. Anchors = 2 bolts (so, 2 points).

Example route experience: The Hustler (with a grade multiplier of 2): 1st attempt, you clip 3 bolts x 2 = 6 pts. 2nd attempt, you clip 6 bolts x 2 = 12 pts. Your score for the route is 12 points.

Sport climbing? It doesn’t matter if the gear is hanging.
Trad climbing? Place ’em yourself.

Start time: 10:00am
End time: 5:00pm
Location: MFRP parking lot (GPS coordinates are 37°38’31.9?N 83°40’44.0?W (37.642204, -83.678900), and more detailed instructions are on your comp scoresheet and the registration PDF)

Scoresheets must be turned in to Rick or Yasmeen in the MFRP parking lot at 5:00pm sharp, with your own score tallied and entered in the appropriate spot.

You can compete alone or as a team (or both, if you buy both an individual scoresheet and a team scoresheet).

Divisions:
Female Jalapeno
Female Habanero
Male Jalapeno
Male Habanero
Team Beer
Team Bourbon

Final rule: if the scoresheet is wrong, the scoresheet is right.

Rocktoberfest 2014

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Event Overview

For those of you with short attention spans.
Don’t forget – pre-registration will save you cash! 

Friday

Saturday

  • Yoga with Danielle Bartos
  • MFRP Comp
  • Crate Stacking
  • Silent Auction
  • Clips from Friday’s movie
  • Mike Creech Band
  • Food Truck Dinner(s) [not included in reg]

Sunday

  • Breakfast from SRCFC
  • Clinics led by the Pros

Rocktoberfest, our largest annual fundraiser to benefit the MFRP, is October 10, 11, and 12 this year!

Before we go any further, our volunteers help make this shindig happen – please sign up to volunteer, and thank you!

We’re one payment down and four to go with the 309 acres we call the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve, and with the Conservation Alliance Grant Matching Campaign we’ve got on the table, we’re planning to make a huge dent in what’s left to pay. We can do that only with help from our amazing community, sponsors, and donors (so, if you’re reading this: you!). That’s the whole point of Rocktoberfest – to get everyone together, have an amazing weekend-long party, and work toward our goals.

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So, with all that, let’s get to the essentials (and we can’t emphasize this enough – pre-registering will save you cash!). The quick and dirty pricing breakdown:

  • Friday access: $7 ($10 at the door)
  • Saturday Comp: $17 ($20 at the door)
  • Saturday Access: $15 ($20 at the door)
  • Dinner: Food trucks this year! [Dan Wu of the Culinary Evangelist, That’s How We Roll, and The Tiptons] (Not included in registration or entrance cost)
  • Event Shirt: $15 ($20 at the door)
  • Clinic: $40

Location

This year’s Rocktoberfest will be in the same spot as the past few years – at the Natural Bridge Campgrounds. To get there, head to the Red as you normally might and get off of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway at exit 33. Turn in to the rest area and then take an immediate left. If you get to the rest area, we should have enough signs and be making enough noise to get the point across to where exactly we’ll be. 😉

This is a rough map of this year’s Rocktoberfest location.

Friday

  • It’s been a hit for years, and we won’t disappoint: crate stacking is back. With the help of Bluegrass Bouldering, BlueWater Ropes, and La Sportiva, crate stacking will be around Friday and Saturday nights. We’re going to try to work in some exciting twists (head-to-head comps, for example). Last year’s winner summited 22 crates – ready to top that?
  • We’ll be showing a feature film Friday night – Reel Rock 9 (Valley Uprising) will give the younger crowd a taste of what Yosemite was like back in the day. We’ll start the screening around 8pm, depending on the sun and light, and we hope to see your doey-eyed, star-struck faces in the audience.
  • After the movie, DJ Carlos Atman will be hitting up the speakers with his turn-table, DJ’ing the scene through the evening.
  • If the night-time temperatures are as low as we all hope, Outdoor Research has graced us with some custom RRGCC beanies. Pick one up for $15, and it all goes to the Coalition.

Saturday

  • Start the morning off right with a yoga class, courtesy of Danielle Bartos. Get stretched, flexed, and psyched for all that the rest of the weekend holds.
  • After yoga, jump into a car with a handful of your friends and compete in the Black Diamond sponsored Clip-n-Go Climbing Comp in the MFRP. Yes, you get to be part of the inaugural group of Miller Fork competitors – this year is the new property’s first comp! Clip’n’Go enough times, and you’ll win some of the best gear BD has to offer. Be sure to pre-register for the comp (again, it’s cheaper that way) – if you forget, though, show up Saturday morning at the venue and leave time to arrive at the comp start, 10am and it will wrap up at 5pm (both times sharp).
  • Once the comp wraps up, head back to the venue for a tasty selection of foods from various local food truck vendors (please bring extra cash – food truck dinners are not included in the cost of registration/entry). We’re trying this new approach to the dinner scene this year, so please let us know what you like about it, and what you’d prefer we do differently next year. Food trucks mean we don’t have to purchase food (or pay to keep it cold/warm/hot) or dedicate volunteers to picking up the food, picking up the serving equipment, serving, and returning the serving equipment. We hope you like this year’s new spin on post-climbing calorie consumption. :)
  • (off-site) Miguel’s Pizza will be holding a grand opening for their new gear shop (at Miguel’s) and donating a portion of their gear sales to the RRGCC for the Conservation Alliance Matching Grant Campaign. As always, thank you, Miguel’s!
  • While you’re munching and dinning, your ears will be soaking in some fantastic bluegrass tunes from local bluegrass artists Mike Creech Band.
  • Crate stacking will be fully featured again (thank you, Bluegrass Bouldering, BlueWater Ropes, and La Sportiva!), again with great prizes and even better stunts/comps.
  • We’ll do our best to mix in some clips of the previous evening’s Reel Rock 9 (Valley Uprising).
  • Thanks to our very generous sponsors, we’ll be running our silent auction. This is your chance to get your dream gear at your dream prices… and all of the proceeds go to the RRGCC. Everyone wins… that is, of course, if you win.

Sunday

  • We’re sure you all will be waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Sunday morning without the least bit of fog between those ears of yours. If you don’t, though, the Solid Rock Climbers For Christ will be around again to serve up coffee and all the tasty trappings of a homemade breakfast. Be sure to drop in a little love – they donate all the proceeds to the RRGCC. That and anyone that wakes up that early to help make you breakfast deserves a little thanks and a proper smile.
  • We’re also going to have professional clinics taught by some of the sport’s best athletes. Stop by the registration desk for more information on what clinics are open and where and when they’ll be held. We’ll make a more comprehensive list of our clinic offerings available as we finalize the schedule and leaders, so please check back and keep an eye on our Facebook page!

Now that you have the full scoop.. what are you waiting for?!

Register Today!

Also, we’re going to take a moment and give a special “thank you” to our Rocktoberfest sponsors. They’re here for all of us, making Rocktoberfest happen behind the scenes, adding schwag and fun times, and helping us secure access throughout the area.


Our Rocktoberfest Sponsors

Outdoor Research
Access Fund BlueWater
Petzl La Sportiva
Black Diamond
Patagonia Marmot Goal Zero Scarpa
Belay Specs Five Ten Quest Outdoors Moosejaw
Mountain Gear Evolv Trango Sterling Rope
Metolius Rab Joshua Tree Skin Care Miguels Pizza
Mountain Ranks Ale-8-One J&H Lanmark Benchmark
Tenaya CamelBak Red River Outdoors The North Face
Fox Mountain Guides Driskell Home Repair Power Company Climbing Bluegrass Bouldering
Red River Rockhouse Rockquest American Alpine Club Rocksport
Warriors Way DryPointe Wolverine Publishing Solid Rock Climbers for Christ
Perfect Descent West Sixth Brewing Eno

Rocktoberfest 2013

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The world meets nobody halfway. When you want something, you gotta take it.Lincoln Hawk

This is a beginning. Nearly ten years ago, we set off on an adventure that saw us secure hundreds of climbs in Red River Gorge. Today, we own that land outright and can say that climbers and climbers alone manage more than 750 acres in the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve.

Today, we’re packed and ready to set off on another journey. This one, the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve, is a 300 acre, largely undeveloped playground for climbs of all ranges.

So come celebrate with us and help us secure more than 1,000 acres of climber owned land. Let’s get out there, go the extra mile, and take our future!

Location

Natural Bridge Campgrounds, host to several past Rocktoberfests, will again be our venue in 2013. To get there, head to the Red as you normally might and:

  • At exit 33, get off of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway
  • Turn right off the exit
  • Turn in to the rest area
  • Take an immediate left.

If you get to the rest area, we should have enough signs and be making enough noise to get the point across to where exactly we’ll be. So “rest” easy 😉

This is a rough map of this year’s Rocktoberfest location.

Registration and Costs

Help us do this right.. pre-register today!

  • Friday: $5 ($7 at the door)
  • Saturday
    • Climbing Comp: $15
    • Party and Events: $13 ($15 at the door)
    • Dinner: $8 ($9 at the door)
  • Sunday Clinics: $30
  • T-Shirts: $10

Register Today!

Parking and Camping

Parking is available onsite, just follow your friendly volunteers to the nearest open spot. Please don’t park at the Rest Area – you will be towed.

Shuttles will be run each night to and from Miguel’s.

Feel free to crash and camp at the venue. We’ll have areas set up specifically for camping. Alternatively, you can use the shuttles to get to and from Miguel’s if that’s more your scene.

Schedule

Friday

Crate Stacking – all weekend at the venue:
Crate stacking is back again this year. With the help of Bluegrass Bouldering, crate stacking will be around Friday and Saturday nights. Make sure to take the opportunity to unseat the reigning champ, Bram.

Rope Recycling and Raffle – all weekend at the venue, raffle Saturday night:
All weekend Sterling Ropes will be running their Rope Recycling Program. For those of you with old ropes, toss ’em in the bin and Sterling will enter you in the raffle to win a brand new rope of their own making.

RRGCC Gear – all weekend at the venue:
As it is October, Outdoor Research has graced us with some custom beanies and hats to warm that noggin’ of yours. We don’t have all the pricing information just yet but, even without it, you should know all the proceeds go to yours truly.

Hot Dogs – all weekend at the venue:
Because they love happy climbers, Marmot and team will be serving up hot dogs through the night. Grab one for the road – donations go to the RRGCC and the protein goes to Saturday’s sends.

Reel Rock Tour 8 – when dark at the venue:
For Saturday’s motivation, watch some of the best footage of cutting edge climbing during the Reel Rock Tour 8 movie. When the sun drops, we’ll pump up the volume.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRQh50lAl4Y

Saturday

Clip-n-Go Climbing Comp – 9am-4pm in the PMRP:
The Black Diamond sponsored Clip-n-Go Climbing Comp in the PMRP is the best chance of the year to jump on as many routes . The PMRP is yours while you pull down and try to win some of the best gear BD has to offer. Be sure to pre-register for the comp.. if you forget, though, show up Saturday morning at the venue and leave time to drive to the PMRP by the comp start, 9am. At 4pm, it’s pencils down and we’ll head back to the venue for grub and gear. We will be offering a shuttle back to the venue after the comp but it will be first come, first serve.

Shoe Demo – morning at Miguel’s:
Saturday morning is your chance to swing by Miguel’s and try a brand new pair of shoes for a day. Whether you’re grabbing a pair from Evolv, MadRock, Scarpa, Tenaya, 5.10, or La Sportiva, you’ll be able to find a pair that’s right for you. If nothing else, you’ll have a ready-made excuse for why you didn’t send your proj.

Dinner – 6pm at the venue:
Bourbon n’ Toulouse is a region classic and we won’t miss the chance to bring the tasty stuff back for you. Check out their menu or just look below for what we’ll be serving. Notice, we do have gluten-free options! And because we’re trying hard to keep our trash impact low, bring your own bowls or expect that intense hazing will ensue!

      • Jamabalaya – Meaty, Gluten-Free
      • Red Beans with Smoked Sausage – Meaty, Gluten-Free
      • Cajun Red Chili – Meaty, Gluten-Free
      • Artichoke and Parmesan Cream with Mushrooms – Veggie
      • Black Beans and Caramelized Corn – Veggie, Gluten-Free
      • Vegan Black Beans – Vegan, Gluten-Free
Stallone Strong

Benchmark’s George T, getting pumped for the Arm-Wrestling Tourney

Arm Wrestling Comp – evening at the venue:
For the second year in a row, The Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters in Lexington is running an arm-wresting tournament that will have you screaming, “I drive truck, break arms, and arm wrestle. It’s what I love to do, it’s what I do best.” Use the ragin’ cajun power from dinner to throw down at the table while you fight for your right to win gear in a ol’ fashioned, tourney-style arm wrestling competition. Buy-ins, elimination, and brackets galore, Benchmark will be running the table throughout Saturday evening so keep near their booth for the impromptu bouts. With all the dollars going to the RRGCC, you have no excuse not to fight for your right to prove your worth under the lights on the big stage. Go “over the top” this year for the RRGCC.

Get fired up, it will be exactly like this.. exactly:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_UC2AyhYQk

Crate stacking – all weekend at the venue:
With two nights full of opportunities to unseat him, make sure that Bram doesn’t reign as champion for another year. No one wants to hear him continue to gloat.

Silent Auction – evening at the venue:
With plenty of amazing gear from our sponsors, you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss out on the best deals of the year at our silent auction. Head up to the party tent in the evening and get in on the action.

Hot Dogs – all weekend at the venue:
More dogs, more donations for helping improve, maintain, and secure the PMRP and MFRP.

Mike Creech Band:
To help us celebrate the start of our MFRP adventure, the Mike Creech Band will be bring the tunes. So help us tear up a rug Kentucky style.

Sunday

Breakfast – 8am at the venue:
Simply said, Solid Rock Climbers For Christ makes one of the best breakfasts around the Sunday after Rocktoberfest. What’s their secret – it’s early, ready, tasty.. and all they ask for is donations to support the RRGCC. If nothing else, stop by and give these folks a morning smile for showing up and fighting for us year after year after year.

Clinics – 9am at the venue:
One of the best things about professional athletes coming to Rocktoberfest is that they’re good folks and want to share the love and knowledge. To give them a canvas on which to perform their art, we’ll be hosting professional clinics taught by some of the sport’s best athletes. If you missed them during pre-registration, stop by the registration desk for more information on what clinics are open and where and when they’ll be held. Below is a list of available clinics:

      • Advanced Climbing by Sam Elias
      • Beginner – Learn to Lead
      • Beginner/Intermediate – Intro to Trad
      • Beginner/Intermediate – Multipitch Efficiency by Brittany Griffith
      • Intermediate – Sport and Redpointing

We’re here because of you and our generous sponsors. If you get a chance, give a special “Thank You” to the sponsors this Rocktoberfest. They’re here (and have been there) for all of us, making Rocktoberfest happen behind the scenes, adding schwag and fun times, and helping us secure access throughout the area.


Our Rocktoberfest Sponsors

Outdoor Research
Black Diamond Keen
Marmot Petzl
 Access Fund The North Face
Red River Outdoors Evolv American Alpine Club Red River Rockhouse
Benchmark Outfitters Bluewater Ropes KyMBA Five Ten
J&H Lanmark La Sportiva Miguels Pizza Bluegrass Bouldering
Moose Jaw Mountain Gear Mountain Ranks Patagonia
Rockquest Scarpa Sterling Rope Trango
 Metolius Ale-8-One CamelBak Joshua Tree Products
Solid Rock Climbers for Christ Rock Candy Holds Power Company Climbing Rocksport
So iLL Quest Outdoors Perfect Descent Mad Rock
Warriors Way Wolverine Publishing Fox Mountain Guides Belay Specs
Tenaya

 

 

Rocktoberfest 2012

Monday, September 10th, 2012

rock·to·ber·fest /räk toeber fest/

Noun: Rocktoberfest is an annual event held by the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition located in the Red River Gorge.

Rocktoberfest NostalgiaRelated Terms
rock·to·ber·fest
 2012 /räk toeber fest twente twelv/

  1. A Rocktoberfest event unlike any other in history.
  2. A Rocktoberfest that marks the final payment of one of the most historic purchases for climbers in North America.
  3. A Rocktoberfest only a fool would miss.

It’s rare that events like this happen. When we started out with Rocktoberfest, we were simply looking for a way to raise some money to build trails and to get people involved with the RRGCC for the first time. Now, twelve years later, here we are – ready to make the final payment on a historic piece of property, one that has literally redefined the way climbing conservation is considered.

There is one reason that we are at this point in our history – because of you. Your donations have created and carried this organization through the years. This year, we hope that you’ll join us for a party unlike any you’ve ever been to while we make our final payment on the PMRP. This year, this special occasion, this special celebration, we invite you to party with us at Rocktoberfest 2012 to celebrate what we’ve done in the past and what we can do in the future.

So pack your bags, cash out your vacation days, and plan on celebrating the land we’ve bought together at Rocktoberfest 2012 on October 5th, 6th, and 7th.

Event Overview

For those of you with short attention spans.
Don’t forget – pre-registration will save you cash! 

  • Friday
    • Crate Stacking
    • Spencer Victory’s Water Balloon Sideshow
    • Emily Harrington’s Slideshow
  • Saturday
    • Outdoor comp
    • Shoe Demo
    • Crate Stacking
    • Movies from locals and others
    • Arm Wresting Tournament
    • Silent Auction
    • Dinner with Meaty, Veggie, Vegan, and Gluten-Free options
  • Sunday
    • Breakfast from SRCFC with gear giveaways
    • Clinics led by the pros

Location

Natural Bridge Campgrounds, host to several past Rocktoberfests, will again be our venue in 2012. To get there, head to the Red as you normally might and get off of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway at exit 33. Turn in to the rest area and then take an immediate left. If you get to the rest area, we should have enough signs and be making enough noise to get the point across to where exactly we’ll be. So “rest” easy 😉

This is a rough map of this year’s Rocktoberfest location.

Friday

  • We’re not sure if you’re ready to handle it but.. crate stacking is back. With the help of Bluegrass Bouldering and J&H Lanmark, crate stacking will be around Friday and Saturday nights. J&H Lanmark will be bringing the prizes and, if you’ve been to their store before, you know you don’t want to miss out. So do yoga, chakra tests, and tea leaf reading to get ready to win some booty!
  • Most of us have an old rope hanging around somewhere. And I’m sure most of you have grand plans of making a rope rug out of it. Instead of leaving it piled in the corner with the rest of your idle dreams, why not to it in the Rope Recycling Program’s bin this weekend. All weekend Sterling Ropes will be running their Rope Recycling Program. For those of you that truly pony up and toss in those old ropes, Sterling will be auctioning off a brand new rope of their own making.
  • If the temperatures turn south a bit, Outdoor Research has graced us with some custom beanies and hats. We don’t have all the pricing information just yet but, even without it, you should know all the proceeds go to yours truly. Great gear, great cause – two great reasons to keep that noggin’ warm!
  • Emily Harrington will be giving a slideshow Friday evening about stepping outside of comfort zones and her trip to Everest. Believe us – you’ll want to catch this slideshow. Put aside your pre-conceived notions about alpine climbing, apply a$$ to seat, and watch this one before you miss it forever.

Saturday

  • If you haven’t burned yourself out on Friday or stayed up too late driving from the far reaches of the east or west, throw all the juice you have left at the Black Diamond sponsored Clip-n-Go Climbing Comp in the PMRP. Yes, you are special so the PMRP is yours while you pull down and try to win some of the best gear BD has to offer. Be sure to pre-register for the comp.. if you forget, though, show up Saturday morning at the venue and leave time to drive to the PMRP by the comp start, 9am. At 4pm, it’s pencils down and we’ll head back to the venue for grub and gear. We will be offering a shuttle back to the venue after the comp but it will be first come, first serve.
  • Before you head for the comp or just your standard day’s proj-crushin’, stop by Miguel’s to try on some of the vendors’ latest shoes. Evolv, MadRock, Scarpa, Tenaya, 5.10, and La Sportiva are holding a shoe demo at Miguel’s at 9am. So if you’re not feeling the most confident about your shoes but you’re just not ready to drop the cash on a pair you haven’t field tested, stop by and try out some of the latest shoes.. for free!
  • Saturday’s dinner, though, you will. Bourbon n’ Toulouse will again be supplying us with some of the most amazing food this side of the Bourbon Street. Check out their menu or just look below for what we’ll be serving. Notice, we do have gluten-free options! Supper hits the table around 6pm.. so don’t work that project so hard you miss the food you need for a proper recovery. And bring your own bowl or expect the intense hazing that will ensue!
    • Jamabalaya – Meaty, Gluten-Free
    • Red Beans with Smoked Sausage – Meaty, Gluten-Free
    • Cajun Red Chili – Meaty, Gluten-Free
    • Artichoke and Parmesan Cream with Mushrooms – Veggie
    • Black Beans and Caramelized Corn – Veggie, Gluten-Free
    • Vegan Black Beans – Vegan, Gluten-Free

    Stallone Strong

    Benchmark’s George T, getting pumped for the Arm-Wrestling Tourney

  • With all that powerful, ragin’ cajun food pumping through your veins, have a seat and use that cajun power sauce to score some killer gear! The Benchmark Outfitters in Lexington is running an arm-wresting tournament that will have you screaming, “My whole body is an engine. My fist is a fireplug and I’m gonna light him up.” Sit down and hold on while you fight for your right to win gear in a ol’ fashioned, tourney-style arm wrestling competition. And should you blink, you’ll even be able to buy your way back in. There will be tables set up throughout the night with bouts happening in a moment’s notice. We’ll move the final rounds up to the stage to watch some strong men and women mark off against each other under the lights. Regardless of whether you walk away with armloads of winnings or simply a hurt pride, all the grunting and sweating will be worth it since every dollar is going to the RRGCC and our fight to go “over the top”.
  • Crate stacking will be fully featured again, again with amazing prizes. We really shouldn’t have to convince you. It’s so simple that it’s bound to get under your skin when you fall three crates into it.
  • Thanks to our very generous sponsors, we’ll be running our silent auction. This is your chance to get your dream gear at your dream prices.. and all of the proceeds go to the RRGCC. Everyone wins.. that is, of course, if you win (I’m looking at you, penny pinchers).
  • You know, we tend to gorge (pun intended) ourselves on BnT.. but after a hard day’s climbing, sometimes we get the late night munchies. And that’s where Marmot comes to save the day with some tasty and perfectly timed hot dogs! Straight off the grill, they’ll donate all proceeds to.. oh yeah, the RRGCC 😉
  • They’ve been with us for years, through the hard times and the good. The 23 String Band will be there now to help us celebrate paying off the last of the PMRP. We couldn’t be happier – they’ve been jamming with us through the night at events from past Rocktoberfests to Johnny and Alex Trail Days (and here) to Red River Reunions. Come out, kick your shoes off, and dance to the joy of the present and the promise of the future!

Sunday

  • One of the best things about professional athletes coming to Rocktoberfest is that they’re good folks and want to share the love and knowledge. To give them a canvas on which to perform their art, we’ll be hosting professional clinics taught by some of the sport’s best athletes. If you missed them during pre-registration, stop by the registration desk for more information on what clinics are open and where and when they’ll be held. Below is a list of available clinics:
    • Elite Climbing by Kris Hampton
    • Sport and Redpointing by Kevin Wilkenson and Alli Rainey
    • Burl Like A Girl byAudrey Sniezek
    • Intro To Trad by Shingo Ohkawa
    • Multipitch Efficiency by Brittany Griffith
    • Footwork and Technique by Margarita Martinez
    • Quick Fix Techniques by Karsten Delap
    • Learn to Lead by Emily Harrington
    • Injury prevention and Yoga for Climbers by Akia Yoshida
    • Introduction to Sport Climbing with Beginner Tactics by Nick Duttle
  • I’m sure you all will be waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Sunday morning without the least bit of fog between those ears of yours. If you don’t, though, the Solid Rock Climbers For Christ will be around again to serve up coffee and all the tasty trappings of a homemade breakfast. Be sure to drop in a little love – they donate all the proceeds to the RRGCC. That and anyone that wakes up that early to help make you breakfast deserves a little thanks and a proper smile.

Now that you have the full scoop.. what are you waiting for?!

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Also, we’re going to take a moment and give a special “Thank You” to our Rocktoberfest sponsors. They’re here (and have been there) for all of us, making Rocktoberfest happen behind the scenes, adding schwag and fun times, and helping us secure access throughout the area.


Our Rocktoberfest Sponsors

Outdoor Research
Black Diamond Keen
Marmot Petzl
West Sixth Brewing The North Face
Red River Outdoors Access Fund American Alpine Club Avery Brewery
Benchmark Outfitters Bluewater Ropes Evolv Five Ten
J&H Lanmark La Sportiva Miguels Pizza Bluegrass Bouldering
Moose Jaw Mountain Gear Mountain Ranks Patagonia
Rockquest Scarpa Sterling Rope Trango
The 23 String Band Ale-8-One CamelBak Joshua Tree Products
Solid Rock Climbers for Christ Rock Candy Holds Power Company Climbing Rocksport
So iLL Quest Outdoors Perfect Descent Mad Rock
Tenaya