April 28th, 2008 by Paul Vidal

This event occurred July 26, 2007 and is kept here for reference. If you’re looking for current and upcoming events, please click here.

CLEARFIELD, Utah (May 7th, 2007) – Petzl America, a leading manufacturer of quality
climbing gear, today announced that their annual Roc Trip will join forces with
Rocktoberfest, an annual fundraising event held by the Red River Gorge Climbers
Coalition to preserve climbing access in Eastern Kentucky. This year, Petzl Roc Trip
will present Rocktoberfest, to be held October 12
th– 14th, 2007, drawing an international crowd of climbers gathering for a weekend of clinics, competitions, and celebration, while
raising awareness and funds for the RRGCC. By combining the two events, Petzl hopes
to help increase Rocktoberfest’s stature, attendance, and fundraising power in 2007 and
for years to come.

“Twenty-five percent of the climbing in the Red is on land that the RRGCC is working
hard to protect,” said John Evans, Marketing Director for Petzl America. “Bringing Petzl
Roc Trip to Rocktoberfest is a perfect way to support the RRGCC and help keep this
land from being industrialized by big-oil.”

The Red River Gorge Climber’s Coalition is a unified group of climbers advocating (Petzl Roc Trip 2007 joins forces with Rocktoberfest, page two)
responsible climbing and preserving access to climbing in the Gorge and surrounding
areas. Each year, the RRGCC pays an annual mortgage payment totaling nearly
$29,000 for ownership of the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve, a 750-acre
plot of undeveloped land purchased by
the RRGCC for preservation and climbing access purposes in 2004. Due to the
RRGCC’s efforts and funding, the Pendergrass-Murray Preserve is currently being
responsibly and sustainably developed for hiking, mountain biking, and many forms of
human-powered recreation. Without funding for the annual mortgage payments due
through year 2013, the Preserve faces potential acquisition by interested oil developers.
The Pendergrass-Murray Preserve is just one of the RRGCC’s conservation and access

“Petzl is thinking of every way possible to help us pay off the mortgage and protect The
Pendergrass Murray Preserve,” said Morgain Sprague, Board Member and Fundraising
Coordinator for the RRGCC. “Beyond that, the Preserve and the Red River Gorge are
both located in Lee County, one of the most impoverished counties in the US, and
climbing is an important source of commerce and revenue. To have Petzl Roc Trip
coming here, drawing an international crowd and showcasing our crags to the global
climbing community is really exciting, both in raising awareness for the Preserve and in
raising awareness for the Red as a world-class climbing destination”.

Petzl Roc Trip, now in its sixth year, has proven successful in bringing the international
climbing community together in celebration of the sport, from New York’s Shawangunks
and British Columbia’s Squamish to Kalymnos, Greece, and Millau in the south of
France. Open to climbers of all ability levels, the upcoming 2007 Petzl Roc Trip /
Rocktoberfest features an action-packed line-up, including:

  • clinics for all levels with climbing’s elite, including Sonnie Trotter, and AMGA
  • opening ceremony and climber’s roast hosted by climber/funnyman Timmy
  • unveiling of Sender Films’ latest release, “King Lines”, presented by filmmaker
    Peter Mortimer
  • flash rally comp featuring athletes at the top of the sport
  • first ascent bounty placed on two long standing climbing projects yet to be
  • Saturday night party serving a diverse palette of musical tastes, with DJ Lafouche
    and a live local bluegrass band
  • American and European athletes competing and providing clinics, including,
    Chris Sharma, Dave Graham, Emily Harrington, Lisa Rands, Joe Kinder, Chris
    Lindner, Danny Andrada, Steve McClure, Tony Lamiche, Said Belhaj, and many
  • An overall goal of raising $10,000 – $15,000 for the Red River Gorge Climber’s
    Coalition, a healthy increase over previous years

“Petzl’s interest in bringing Roc Trip and some of the sport’s best athletes to our corner
of the world for regional benefit is truly an example of this industry as a community,” said
Bentley Brackett, Director of Corporate Fundraising for the RRGCC. “Petzl is setting the
stage for an unprecedented Rocktoberfest, and we’ll be welcoming the rest of the
climbing and outdoor community to join us in what is sure to be a great time for a great

About the RRGCC
The Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition Incorporated (RRGCC) is a group of rock
climbers who have come together to protect, promote and ensure responsible climbing
at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. The RRGCC is committed to preserving and appreciating the natural environment in which we practice our sport, as well as
education, support, and dedicated efforts with one another, non-climbers, and land
managers alike. For more information about the RRGCC, visit

About Petzl

Petzl America is the U.S. division of Petzl, headquartered in France. For over 50 years,
Petzl has been developing innovative tools and techniques used by those entering the
vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration,
rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing and alpinism. Petzl
climbing hardware and headlamps can be found in outdoor specialty shops and premium
sporting goods retailers around the world. For more information, log on to or DL this PDF

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