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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?!

Register Today!

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

Rocktoberfest 2011

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Event Overview

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

  • Friday
    • Crate Stacking
    • The Scene by Chuck Fryberger
    • Music by Cletus
  • Saturday
    • Outdoor comp
    • Crate Stacking
    • Movies from locals and others
    • Dyno Comp
    • Silent Auction
    • Dinner with Meaty, Veggie, Vegan,
      and Gluten-Free options
  • Sunday
    • Breakfast from SRCFC
    • Clinics led by the pros

Rocktoberfest, our largest annual fundraiser to benefit the PMRP, is ten days away! It’s so close you can check out the weather (pray that it stays as sunny as predicted).

We know we’re a little behind on getting information in your hands – we’re sorry about that and we appreciate that you’re bearing with us.

That said, I don’t think you could find a group more excited about this year’s Rocktoberfest. We’re really hoping to making this one the best event yet. The mortgage on the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve is so close to being paid off and we’re really hoping to make this another strong push towards finishing off that payment. But we can do that only with the help from our amazing community, sponsors, and donors! That’s the whole point of Rocktoberfest – to get everyone together, have an amazing party, and work towards the goals we’ve all set out before us.

Rocktoberfest 2011

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So, with all that, let’s get to the meaty parts..

..but before we actually get to those bits, I can’t emphasize this enough – pre-registering will save you cash! The quick and dirty pricing breakdown:

Friday access: $7 (it will be $10 at the door)
Saturday Comp: $15
Saturday Access: $13 (will be $15 at the door)
Dinner: $6 (will be $7 at the door)
Event Shirt: $10 (will be $15 at the door)
Clinic: $30

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. 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 Detroit Rock Climbing Company and JH Lanmark, 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) and folks from both companies are ponying up with some awesome prizes.
  • Again, we’re changing things up a little this year. And that means that we’ll be showing a feature film Friday night – Chuck Fryberger’s The Scene. We’ll start the screening around 7:30pm or 8pm, depending on the sun and light, and we hope to see your doey-eyed, star-struck faces in the audience.
  • Cletus will be hitting up the speakers with his turn-table, DJ’ing the scene through the evening.
  • All weekend Sterling Ropes will be running their Rope Recycling Program. So, instead of tossing that old rope, toss it in Sterling’s box and be eligible to win a brand new one. That’s some recycling you can really believe in!
  • OR Beanie 2011Keen, with their stellar and long-lasting love for the RRGCC, will be selling their shoes, Men’s Obsidian and Women’s Red Rocks, for $50. And because they love the RRGCC, they’re giving that full $50 straight to the RRGCC.
  • If the temperatures turn south a bit, Outdoor Research has graced us with some custom beanies. Pick up two for $20 (or one for $15) and it all goes to the Coalition.

Saturday

  • Don’t have too much fun Friday if you want to have a shot at winning 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 arrive at the comp start, 9am and it will wrap up around 4pm. We will be offering a shuttle to the PMRP but it’s first-come, first-serve with only a few open seats.
  • 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? Well this weekend is your lucky weekend! Head to Miguel’s at 9am to check out the shoe demo being held by Evolv, 5.10, and Sportiva
  • You might not look at the Red and think, “Cajun!” After 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
  • While you’re munching and dinning, your ears will be soaking in tasty tunes from local group “Son of a Widow”.
  • Crate stacking will be fully featured again, again with amazing prizes and even better stunts/comps.
  • Like I said, we’re trying to change things up this year. We’ll be showing some short films from local producers like Sean Stewart. That and we’re going to keep things light with a few other videos.
  • Thanks to our very generous sponsors, we’ll be running our silent aution. 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.
  • Hope you’ve been working on those quads a little, or at least your burst strength, because you’ll have to bring your A-game to have a shot in this year’s Dyno Comp, brought to us by RockSport. Make sure you show up for the qualifiers that go from 7pm to 8pm. You’ll need to be in for those if you want a shot at the big prizes from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • It’d be a little ridiculous if you were still hungry after dinner but, if you are, Marmot and Keen will be grillin’ some dogs. Throw down a few dollars donation and tasty dogs are all yours ;)

Sunday

  • 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. Below is a list of available clinics:
    • Beginners – Burl Like a Girl
    • Advanced – Elite Climbing
    • Beginners/Intermediate – Multipitch Efficiency
    • Intermediate – Intermediate Sport & Redpointing
    • Beginners – Intro to Trad
    • Beginners/Intermediate – Warrior’s Way
    • Beginners/Intermediate – Footwork & Technique
    • DSLR 101 (half-day)
    • Off Camera Lighting 101 (half-day)
  • 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?!

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

Paradox Sports
Detroit Rock Climbing Company
Solid Rock Climbers For Christ
Kentucky Mountain Biking Association
Rocksport
Liberty Mountain
Marmot Native Eyewear Trango

Win a Cabin for Rocktoberfest

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The Torrent Falls Windy Corner Cabin

Rocktoberfest is nigh and things in the region are heating up. If you’re anything like me, you’ve made exactly zero logistical plans so far. So, after you’ve registered for Rocktoberfest, make a big on a Torrent Falls Cabin for the weekend. Minimum bids start at $100 and all proceeds go the the RRGCC. Cabins can sleep up to six people.. and those folks will have access to climbing at Torrent that weekend. Not a bad little personal getaway.. so team up and make a bid!

The Torrent Falls Climbers' Cabin

Both the Climber’s Cabin and the Windy Corner cabins are up for bid. For more information on these cabins, check out redriveroutdoors.com, our generous sponsor.

The auction ends at Wednesday, 10am sharp. The highest bid at that time will be notified and access will be coordinated then.


Sorry, the auction is now closed and we have our winners! Thanks for the interest and for helping the RRGCC pay for the PMRP!

Climbers That Care

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Strive to be, and make others, happy at this summer's Climbers That Care event

It’s easy to put the blinders on from time to time, especially as you’re thinking about the crux moves of your latest proj. But when you take a second to stop for the stray dog that runs across the road in front of you and take a look around at the homes and lives surrounding you, you’ll see that there are plenty of ways you can help the communities that you call home for the weekends in the RRG.

The RRG area, touching Powell, Wolfe, Lee, and Menifee counties, is home to some of the best people you’ve probably never met. But the economic truth of the matter means they need a hand from time to time. And with school about to get back in gear, it’s that time again.

Update: If you can’t make it to Red River Outdoors or to JATD, stop by Phillip Gall’s Outdoors in Lexington (mapped location) and let the employee on duty know it’s for Kate LaBoone. Thanks PG’s!

See how you can help by reading on..

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Rocktoberfest Registration is Open

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Natural Bridge Campgrounds

Natural Bridge Campgrounds. Exit 33 off the Bert Combs Mountain Parkway. Follow signs to Natural Bridge Campgrounds


It’s official – registration for Rocktoberfest 2009 is now open! Visit http://rrgcc.org/register/ to register yourself and others for the weekend.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact us or call us (use the “Call Me” button to the right or dial us at 859-955-0774).

Thanks and see you in October ;)

Friday:

  • Camping and parking is included and is on site at the Natural Bridge Campgrounds (click for directions).
  • First choice of camping spots (limited sites with water and electric hookups)
  • First dibs at vendors and all their demo gear, including gear from:
    Black Diamond, Petzl, La Sportiva, Sterling Ropes Five Ten and others..
  • Climbing films featured by Dead Point Magazine and music DJ’ed by our man from the south, John “Cletus” Wilcox.
  • Fun and games.. and did we mention all the vendors and demo gear!
  • Access to the dyno comp to either toss in your hat or heckle from the sidelines.

Saturday:

  • The Clip and Go Comp Climbing competition at the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve – Sore Heel Hollar Competition will be based on endurance – number of bolts clipped and the difficulty of the route will both factor into the point system.
  • Sign up is from 9-10am at the Registration Desk or at the Sore Heel Parking Lot.
  • The competition will last from 10am to 5pm and the winners will be announced at the venue on Saturday night.
  • Free YOGA class Saturday morning at 9:30.  Please bring your own mat. 

Saturady evening will host plenty of music, food, gear, a dyno comp, and plenty more..

Saturady evening will host plenty of music, food, gear, a dyno comp, and plenty more..

Saturday Night:

  • Camping and parking is included and is on site
  • Free swag from every angle! T-shirts, posters, stickers, gear and much more.
  • Silent auction with a ton of top end gear from our gracious sponsors!
  • And we’ll be hosting and featuring the Reel Rock Tour Movie
  • Plus we’ll have a dyno comp, DJ, and plenty more to attract your distractable eyes and ears..

Sunday:

  • Clinics lead and attended by pros from around the sport
  • Breakfast in the morning courtesy of the Solid Rock Climbers for Christ


Keen Footwehar

3rd Annual Mountain Gear UCLIMB

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
A group of participant at the Red River Gorge 2007

A group of participant at the Red River Gorge 2007

On Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13, Mountain Gear, in cooperation with Red River Outdoors, will be presenting its 3rd annual UCLIMB event, on the RRGCC-owned PMRP. UCLIMB is a fun event dedicated to bringing people from across the country closer to the outdoors by learning to climb in a comfortable small-group setting with other amateur climbers. Professional instructors will guide you through the basics of climbing, safety and conservation. This weekend adventure is an ideal introduction to the world of rock climbing. Mountain Gear is a strong supporter of both the PMRP purchase and the RRGCC’s educational mission of promoting responsible climbing.