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.
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:
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.
- 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.
- (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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?!
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.