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CRAGGIN' CLASSIC 2014
Community, Education, Stewardship, Fundraising, & Debauchery ... Country-Wide
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  • Alta, UT
  • North Conway, NH
  • New River Gorge, WV
  • Smith Rock, OR
  • Bishop, CA
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The Craggin' Classic

Unites climbers around the campfire in world-class climbing destinations across the U.S. Among great people, great food, and amazing atmosphere, the weekend-long Craggin' Classic climbing celebrations are focused on community, competency, stewardship and fundraising.
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Community:

Coming together over an amazing meal at the end of an epic day to share war-stories and local traditions, witness history through athlete presentations and films, and cut loose on the d-floor is part and parcel to what makes our climbing community so strong. Craggin' Classics are a conduit for seasoned, new, local, and visiting climbers to gather and keep the inspiration alive!

Fundraising:

Each year, the amazing outdoor industry steps up to support by sponsoring meals and athletes and promotional swag. Through raffle s and auctions, silent and live, all proceeds from the Craggin' Classics help fund the Live Your Dream Grant to further give back to the climbing community!
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Education:

Clinics are highly emphasized at Craggin' Classics, as competency is one of the AAC's core values. The Craggin' Classics work with local guide services to host an array of climbing clinics. Nationally, over 250 climbers participated in 34 clinics last year, including: 'Learning to Lead', 'Multi-Pitch Transitions and Efficiency', 'Intro. to Falling...the Warrior's Way', and 'Crack Climbing Techniques'. These clinics allow climbers to build upon their skills, beyond what they can normally learn at their local gyms. In addition to competency clinics, some of the Craggin' Classics offer safety clinics such as WFR & WFA Certification, Self Rescue, and Climber First Aid to further wilderness safety knowledge among our community.

Stewardship:

Every Craggin' Classic hosts a stewardship project during the weekend. Working with local climbing organizations, and having the Access Fund's Conservation Team jump in from time-to-time, projects range from campground improvements to trail days to crag clean-ups. Stewardship projects provide a great opportunity for Craggin' Classic participants to give back to climbing areas and climbing organizations on the grass-roots level, literally.

ALTA, UT - September 6-7, 2014

Food and Drink, Clinics, Athlete spotlight, Adventure Race, Saturday night party and much more!
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Join the American Alpine Club and the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance for the annual Alta Craggin' Classic hosted at the Peruvian Lodge. The weekend will consist of a great lineup of clinics taught by Mountain Education and Development along with athletes like Kitty Calhoun from Patagonia, Andrew McLean from Mountain Hardwear, Scott Bennett and Sarah Watson from CAMP USA, and Jewel Lund from Outdoor Research. Can't make it for the whole weekend? Come enjoy the festivities on Saturday night with food from Himalayan Kitchen, beer provided by Shades of Pale, athlete spotlights, DJ Matty D, raffles, gear giveaways, and much more! Saturday we will be partnering with Tree Utah for a great Stewardship project. On Sunday come out and participate in the Adventure Race that is sure to be a fantastic and challenging course with an amazing prize package from our title sponsor, CAMP.

Registration Information:

Weekend Pass: $85 per person (12% discount for AAC or SLCA members). Weekend Pass includes:
  • Four half day clinics or Two full day clinics
  • Stewardship project with Tree Utah on Saturday for half a day
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Demos from Vendors
  • Camping at Tanner Flats on Saturday night
  • Saturday night dinner by Himalayan Kitchen and all evening events
Saturday Pass: $40 per person (12% discount for AAC or SLCA members). Saturday Pass includes:
  • Two half day clinics or One full day clinic (or substitute one half day clinic for the Stewardship project with Tree Utah)
  • Breakfast on Saturday morning
  • Demos from Vendors
Saturday Night Event: $25 (12% discount for AAC or SLCA members). Saturday Night includes:
  • Dinner from Himalayan Kitchen
  • Beer from Shades of Pale
  • Gear Giveaways and Raffle
  • Athlete presentations about the AAC's Live Your Dream grant
  • DJ Matty D!!!
Sunday Pass: $40 per person (12% discount for AAC or SLCA members). Sunday Pass includes:
  • Two half day clinics or One Full day clinic
  • Adventure Race
  • Breakfast on Sunday morning
  • Demos from Vendors

Tickets will be sold online at shop.americanalpineclub.org/collections/events. All proceeds will be split between the Salt Lake Climber's Alliance and the American Alpine Club's Live Your Dream Grant. The purpose of the Live Your Dream grant is to support and promote unforgettable experiences for local climbers – specifically, experiences that provide the skills and confidence to realize one's climbing ambitions; to dream big, to grow as a climber, and to inspire others. For more information got to americanalpineclub.org/grants.

Alta Region Clinics:

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Event Details:

Climbing Areas: Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons
Event Headquarters: The Peruvian Lodge, Alta, UT
Camping: Included in $85 Weekend Pass, at the Peruvian or Tanner Flats Campground

Saturday, September 6

8am – 9am: Yoga with Lululemon.
Begin your day on the right foot by practicing with fantastic teachers from Lululemon at the Peruvian.
9am – 10am: Breakfast and Coffee
10am – 1pm: Half Day clinics will go out and work on a particular discipline.
10am – 1pm: Opt to use one of your Half Day sessions to give back to our great resource in the Wasatch by teaming with Tree Utah for a half day stewardship project.
2pm – 5pm: Half Day clinics will depart.
10am – 4:30pm: Full Day clinics will stay in the field throughout the day.
6pm – 8pm: Dinner with the great folks at Himalayan Kitchen.
Get psyched because this food is AMAZING!
8pm – 11pm: Our evening will start with some gear giveaways, then we will hear from some of our corporate partners athletes and Live Your Dream Grant recipients.
Shades of Pale Brewery will be slinging beer and DJ Matty D will be spinning for your dancing feet to get busy!

Sunday, September 7

8am – 9am: Shake off the morning by joining us for Yoga at the Peruvian with Lululemon.
9am – 10am: Breakfast and Coffee
10am – 4pm: Our first annual Adventure Race will begin from Albion Basin!
Don't miss out on the action by competing in this one of a kind race.
10am – 1pm: Half Day Clinics
2pm – 5pm: Half Day clinics
10am – 4:30pm: Full day Clinics
5:30pm: Event Closes
Questions? Or want to volunteer? Please contact Adam Peters apeters@americanalpineclub.org
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NORTH CONWAY, NH - September 12-14, 2014

Pig Roast and Live Music, Clinics and Slide Shows, Pancake Breakfast and more!
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Join the American Alpine Club for the annual North Conway Craggin' Classic hosted at the Glen Ellis Campground about 10 minutes north of Cathedral Ledge! The weekend will consist of a great lineup of clinics taught by local guides with athletes like Freddie Wilkinson, Majka Burhardt, Kevin Mahoney, Ian Osteye and more!
Join us Friday night at the campground for a pig roast and live music! On Saturday and Sunday enjoy delicious pancake breakfast from the Gear Doc and International Mountain Equipment before heading out for clinics and climbing! After clinics, enjoy the vendor village, games from OR and CAMP, burrito dinner, beer, raffles, gear giveaways, and slideshows from local climbing heroes! On Sunday come out and give back by participating in the stewardship project.

Registration Information:

Weekend Pass: $50 per person (20% discount for AAC members).
Weekend Pass includes:
  • Weekend camping at Glen Ellis Campground (across the street from the Margarita Grill on route 302, Glen, NH 03838)
  • Dinner and drinks Friday and Saturday night
  • Pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Demos from Vendors
  • Admission to Saturday's festivities and slideshows, as well as live music Friday night
  • Raffle tickets
In addition:
  • Nightly Festivities Pass available for Friday and Saturday Evenings ($15/night)
  • Skills Clinics on Saturday and Sunday are $75 and require preregistration online

Tickets will be sold online at americanalpineclub.org/store. All proceeds benefit the American Alpine Club's Live Your Dream Grant in the Northeast Region! The purpose of the Live Your Dream grant is to support and promote unforgettable experiences for local climbers – specifically, experiences that provide the skills and confidence to realize one's climbing ambitions; to dream big, to grow as a climber, and to inspire others. For more information got to americanalpineclub.org/grants.

North Conway Region Clinics:

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Event Details:

Climbing Area: North Conway
Event Headquarters: The Glen Ellis Campground at Cathedral Ledge

Friday, September 12

5-6pm: Check-in, registration, set up camp
6-9pm: Yankee Pig Roast Dinner, Siilent Auction, Live Music!
Come out and enjoy a pig roast dinner, bid on some great auction items, and enjoy live music (band TBD). Tickets for the evening activities are $15, or included in the Weekend Pass. They are available online or at the door.

Saturday, September 13

8-9am: Pancake Breakfast brought to you by the Gear Doc and IME.
8-10am: Vendor Village and Gear Demos
Come check out the latest gear from our wonderful sponsors, including CAMP, OR, La Sportiva, Sterling Rope, Mountain Hardware, and more!
8:30am-2pm: Skills Clinics with local guides and professional athletes
Clinics are $75/day. Online pre-registration required. Meet at Glen Ellis Campground at 8:30 am. Clinics include Crack Climbing Technique, Self Rescue, Trad Protection & Anchors, Trad Climbing Technique, Women's Trad Climbing, Huge Days with a Light Rack (multi-pitch systems), Light & Fast Alpinism
9am-12pm: Volunteer Stewardship Project
Join a crew of volunteers to give back! Details TBD.
4:30-6:30pm: Gear demos, Vendor Village Activities, Games, etc.
Return your demo gear and hang out for games/contests with our sponsors. Opportunities to win great prizes from OR, CAMP, etc.!
6:30pm: Burrito Dinner from the Big Love Mexican Diner
7pm – 9:30pm: Local Hero Entertainment
Exact details still TBD, but we guarantee it will be full of amazing stories from local New England climbing heroes. This won't be your average slideshow -- we want to hear your stories too! Prizes for the best short story!

Sunday, September 14

8am – 9am: Pancake Breakfast from the Gear Doc and IME
8am – 10am: Gear Demo and vendor village
8:30am – 2pm: Skills Clinics with local guides and professional athletes
Clinics are $75/day. Online pre-registration required. Meet at Glen Ellis Campground at 8:30 am. Clinics include Crack Climbing Technique, Self Rescue, Trad Protection & Anchors, Trad Climbing Technique, Women's Trad Climbing, Huge Days with a Light Rack (multi-pitch systems), Light & Fast Alpinism
4pm – 6pm: Return demo gear and hit the road home!
Questions? Or want to volunteer? Please contact Jenn Flemming jflemming@americanalpineclub.org
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NEW RIVER GORGE, WV - September 19-21, 2014

Pig Pickin' and Old Time Music, Enormocast and Matt Wilder, clinics, dyno comp, dance party and more!
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Join the American Alpine Club and C.A.M.P. for the annual Craggin' Classic in the New River Gorge, WV on September 19-21, 2014. This weekend-long celebration focuses on community, competency, fundraising, and stewardship. The festivities will take place at the American Alpine Club's campground in the New, kicking off Friday evening with our pig pickin' & live old time music, plus part-one of our silent auction. Stick around Friday night for an Enormocast interview with Mikey Williams and Kenny Parker as well as a multi- media presentation by Matt Wilder. And it continues all weekend long; Saturday includes coffee and breakfast, epic climbing clinics, part-two of our silent auction, dinner and drinks, dyno comp., vendor village, and dance party. Sunday wraps up with coffee and breakfast, yoga and a stewardship project with NRAC.

Registration Information:

Tickets will be sold online at the shop.americanalpineclub.org/collections/events.
BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK! No cutlery will be provided, Kleen Kanteen steel cups will be sold. Weekend Pass includes steel cup.
CARPOOL! Each car-load of 3 or more will receive raffle tickets per-person for pilling in and saving gas!
Weekend Passes are $45, which includes a steel cup and trucker hat, Friday and Saturday entrance, camping, meals (minus lunch), first two libations, as well as Sunday morning breakfast. In addition, participants of the Sunday volunteer project will receive lunch. Tickets will be sold online and at the door, first come, first served.
Day Passes are $15, which includes that evening's entrance, dinner, and first two libations. Bring your own cup, or purchase an AAC steel cup for $5.
Clinics range from $30 half to $60 full day. Register here for clinics.
All proceeds from the NRG Craggin' Classic benefit the American Alpine Club's Campground here in the New, and the Live Your Dream Grant in the Southeast Region. The purpose of the Live Your Dream Grant is to support and promote unforgettable experiences for local climbers—specifically, experiences that provide the skills and confidence to realize one's climbing ambitions; to dream big, to grow as a climber, and to inspire others. More information can be found at http://americanalpineclub.org/grants.

NRG Region Clinics:

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Facilitated by New River Mountain Guides

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Event Details:

Climbing Area: The New River Gorge, WV
Event Headquarters: AAC NRG Campground
Camping: Included in $45 Weekend Pass, or $5/night.

September 13-19

WFR Certification with Vertical Medicine Resources
Vertical Medicine Resources is licensed to provide the AdventureMed Wilderness First Responder Course (WFR/BWLS). This WFR course is accredited by the University of Utah School of Medicine and is designed to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of wilderness medicine and the basic skills to treat the most common injuries and illnesses encountered in the wilderness. This program is appropriate for professional guides and other non-medical persons who want a deeper understanding of wilderness medicine. Click here to register separately for the WFR course.

Friday, September 19

7:00pm Reception & Pig Pickin' with live old time music
Official weekend kick-off reception with Misty Mountain Threadworks sponsored pig roast dinner. Settle into the campground, walk the vendor village, participate in Part I of the silent auction. BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK!
7:00pm – 10:00pm Part One of the Silent Auction
Visit the AAC booth to check out and bid on our huge gear give-away!
8:00pm Enormocast interview: panel talk with Kenny Parker & Mikey Williams
Join Chris Kalous in a sit-down interview and discussion with infamous local climbing legends Kenny Parker and Mikey Williams.
9:00pm Bouldering Above Gear: A Synthesis of Distant Disciplines by Matt Wilder
Relax under the big tent, and enjoy Matt Wilder's multi-media presentation on trad climbing and highball bouldering both in the New River Gorge and around the world. Capture the mindset behind climbing difficult and scary routes and boulders, from Wilder's vantage point, and what motivates him as a climber

Saturday, September 20

8:00am Breakfast
Wake up on the right side with Five Ten's Epic Breakfast. BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK!
9:00am Gear Demos, Clinics, and Climbing
Meet in the vendor village to break out into climbing clinics for the day, or head out to the crag and climb to your hearts' content.
7:00pm Climber Reception, Dinner & Party
Worn to shreds? We hope so, and welcome you back to the campground for cold beverages. Join us for an incredible taco dinner and desert, mingle around the fire, and participate in the photo booth or other debauchery that is the vendor village. Part II of the silent auction will continue and end on Saturday night, along with a gear raffle. BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK!
7:00pm – 10:00pm Part Two of the Silent Auction
Visit the AAC booth to check out and bid on our huge gear give-away!
9:30pm Dyno Competition with fresh beats by DJ Carl
$10 Enter-to-win dyno-comp. Qualifying round best of 6, finals best of 3. Winner takes home prize pack and all the glory.
11:00pm Dance Party at the Tuggin' Shack with Mracy L 2007
Head back to the Tuggin' Shack and throw down with Mracy L 2007

Sunday, September 21

9:00am Breakfast
Roll your old bones out of camp for breakfast including coffee, fresh fruit, hot jacks, and pastries.
9:00am Clinics and Climbing
Meet in the vendor village to break out into climbing clinics for the day, or head out to the crag and climb to your hearts' content.
10:00am Stewardship project with NRAC
Join NRAC and help build a trail on the AAC's property. In addition there will be a short presentation on: Pesky Plants: A Brief Introduction to Invasive Species at the NRG Come learn about some of the most harmful plant species invading the NRG and what you can do to help.
Questions? Or want to volunteer? Please contact Lisa Hummel lhummel@americanalpineclub.org
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SMITH ROCK, OR - Oct 10-12, 2014

REEL ROCK Film Festival, CAMP Crushfest Climbing Competition, Stewardship Day, Food, Refreshments and Community.
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Join the American Alpine Club and C.A.M.P. for the annual Smith Rock Craggin' Classic happening at Smith Rock, Oregon on October 12th. We'll have a climbers' party at Redpoint Climbers Supply on Friday night. The Crushfest Climbing Competition happens on Saturday as well as the evening festival featuring the REEL Rock movie at the Terrebonne Depot. Clinics and demos will be all day on Saturday, and we'll have a stewardship day on Sunday.

Registration Information:

Register online for all the clinics and festival package at the American Alpine Club Store.
All proceeds from the Craggin Classic Crimpfest benefit our Live Your Dream Grant in the Northwest Region. The purpose of the Live Your Dream Grant is to support and promote unforgettable experiences for local climbers, to dream big, to grow as a climbers, and to inspire others. More information can be found at americanalpineclub.org/grants.

Smith Rock Region Clinics:

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Event Details:

Climbing Areas: Smith Rock State Park
Event Headquarters: Terrebonne Depot and Smith Rock State Park
Camping: Smith Rock State Park bivy area or Skull Hollow Campground

Friday, October 10

7:00pm Climbers Party at Redpoint Climbers Supply
Music and refreshments at Redpoint's new shop in Terrebonne

Saturday, October 11

CAMP Crushfest Climbers Comp, Clinics and REEL Rock Film Festival in the evening.
Saturday kicks off the meat of the order for the Craggin Classic at Smith Rock. Participate in one of the clinics hosted by our athletes and First Ascent Climbing Guides, or grab a partner and rack up the points in the CAMP Crushfest Climbing Comp by ticking as many routes in the park as you can between an established start and end time. We'll all join that evening at the Terrebonne Depot for dinner and the evening program including the REEL Rock Film Festival.
Additional details TBD.

Sunday, October 12

Stewardship Day
Join our partners the Mazamas and give some love back to this magnificent park! Details TBA.
Questions? Or want to volunteer? Please contact Eddie Espinosa eespinosa@americanalpineclub.org
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BISHOP, CA - November 7-9, 2014

Buttermilks & Beers & Clinics & Films & Beers!
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Join the American Alpine Club and C.A.M.P. USA for the annual Fall Highball Craggin' Classic in Bishop, CA this November 7 to 9, 2014.
This very special Eastside climbing festival features the premiere of Valley Uprising: the history of climbing in Yosemite National Park; stewardship happenings and free breakfast; debaucherous partying with New Belgium Brewing Co; plenty of beer swilling and howling at the moon; clinics taught by Peter Croft, Ethan Pringle, Cheyne Lempe, and others; a highline demo station in the Buttermilks with Gibbon; bad-ass silent auctions and raffles; and a very special slideshow presentation by climbing legend Peter Croft.

Registration Information:

Tickets are $20: includes entrance into both the Friday showing of Valley Uprising (Reel Rock Film Tour 9) as well as the Saturday evening Climber Throwdown Party with New Belgium Brewing Co. & Peter Croft Slideshow at Mountain Rambler Brewery. Tickets will be sold at the door--first come, first served.
Register here online for Sunday climbing clinics taught by Peter Croft, Ethan Pringle, Cheyne Lempe, and Jesse Mattner. See below for registration details.
All proceeds from the Fall Highball Craggin' Classic benefit the American Alpine Club's Live Your Dream Grant in the Western Region--supporting and promoting unforgettable experiences for local climbers looking to dream big, to grow as a climbers, and to inspire others. More information can be found at http://americanalpineclub.org/grants.

Bishop Region Clinics:

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Event Details:

Climbing Area: The Buttermilks, Owens River Gorge
Event Headquarters: Mountain Rambler Brewery
Camping: $2 at The PV Pit; $10 at Pleasant Valley Campground; free dispersed camping on Inyo National Forest around the Buttermilks and/or BLM land surrounding the Tablelands.

Friday, November 7

7:00pm Valley Uprising Premiere at Mountain Rambler Brewery
A special showing of the Valley Uprising, a.k.a. Reel Rock Film Tour 9, a comprehensive history of climbing in Yosemite National Park. Doors open at 7:00pm. Beer and food available for purchase from Mountain Rambler. Tickets are $20 at the door on a first come, first served basis. (Ticket will also include admission into the Saturday night Climber Throwdown Party & Peter Croft slideshow.)

Saturday, November 8

8:00am Volunteer Breakfast, Adopt-a-Crag, & High-lining in the Buttermilks
Meet in the Buttermilks for a free volunteer breakfast provided by Black Sheep Coffee Roasters and Wilson's Eastside Sports. After breakfast, roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with our annual Buttermilk Adopt-a-Crag hosted by the Access Fund, Friends of the Inyo, and the USFS. There will also be a free high-line demo station run by Gibbon Slacklines for those looking to get off the deck!
5:00pm Climber Throwdown Party with New Belgium Brewing Co. & Peter Croft
Bring your A-game and get ready to throw down with New Belgium Brewing and Peter Croft at Mountain Rambler Brewery. The evening will feature free swag and gear handouts, a large and completely-bad-ass silent auction, vendor village, food by Mountain Rambler, free beer by New Belgium Brewing, raffle, and more all under the shadow of Mt. Tom!
8:00pm Peter Croft Slideshow
When enough beers have been downed and the vibe is good, grab a seat and listen to tales of the sharp end by the legendary Peter Croft. Raffle to follow.
Tickets for both the 5:00 Reception and the 8:00 slideshow are $20, sold at the door on a first come, first served basis. Attendees of the Friday Reel Rock showing are admitted at no additional charge.

Sunday, November 9

9:00am Climbing Clinics with Peter Croft, Ethan Pringle, Cheyne Lempe and more
Sign up for a clinic taught by the pros and up your game! All of our clinics are aimed at intermediate or advanced climbers—but beginners are always welcome! Learn how to breakthrough to the next level with climbing legend Peter Croft; learn how to go big on the boulders with Ethan Pringle; learn how to save yourself through self rescue techniques with Cheyne Lempe; or get dialed on the new alpinism: light, fast, and strong with Jesse Mattner.
To secure your spot in the clinic, register now online.
Questions? Or want to volunteer? Please contact Jeff Deikis jdeikis@americanalpineclub.org
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