Each fall, the American Alpine Club partners up with local climbing organizations and climbing gear companies to hold weekend festivals at famous climbing destinations across the country. This year CAMP will continue to be a major sponsor of these events and we’ll be demoing gear and teaching classes at 6 festivals around the country this September, October, and November. Each festival will have:
- On-site camping options
- Amazing gear demos from CAMP USA and many other gear and apparel companies
- Movies, slideshows, and climber games
- Group meals (usually breakfast and dinner)
Here are the 5 best reasons to go to your local Craggin’ Classics
- Massively improve your climbing with an all-day clinic from an expert! For a tiny fraction of the price of a typical day of guided climbing, you can take part in classes from local expert guides from the area or sponsored climbers. Learn how to master Huge Days with a Light Rack from alpine crushers like Scott Bennett, perfect The Art of the Project from 5.14 climbers like Dan Mirsky or Ben Rueck, engage in Falling Practice, and more.
- Meet new partners who are psyched on the climbing in your area. There is very little that will help grow your climbing, or help inspire and catalyze you to achieve more on the rock than hooking up with some new strong partners to encourage and inspire you.
- It’s a low-commitment way to explore new climbing styles. Are you a crusty tradster who has never bouldered, but often gets shut down on short crux moves? Maybe you’re a gym-taught boulderer who doesn’t know a thing about aid or wall climbing, but who wants to climb El Cap. If you head to the events like the Bishop Fall Highball you will be able to improve and expand your climbing by trying different disciplines, without investing in new guidebooks, crashpads, and specialty gear.
- Find the best gear for you – Free! The best way to see which lightweight harness is the comfiest, or which pair of tight edging shoes is the stiffest, is simply to do a head-to-head comparison. But that’s usually not possible unless you’ve already bought and paid for a lot of new gear. With the numerous gear demos available and the close proximity to world-class rock, you can dial in the best options out there.
- These events support access and stewardship of public climbing areas. Since the AAC is partnering with a variety of regionally-based organizations to put on these events, there is often a stewardship project associated with the weekend event. Maybe it will be a trail restoration, maybe a graffiti scrub, or maybe just a good old-fashioned raffle to put some dollars into the local infrastructure. Regardless of how it happens, these events lead to better climbing access, cleaner parks, and more local goodwill for the climbing community.